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Most are Open on Christmas and New Year's Eves

Baltimore County government offices will be closed on Friday, December 25 in recognition of the Christmas Day holiday. Health Department clinics, Circuit and District Courts and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate.

All County facilities, except for libraries, will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve.

Baltimore County government offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, in recognition of the New Year's Day holiday. Health Department clinics, Circuit and District Courts and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate. On New Year's Eve, County facilities will be open regular hours, except for libraries, which will close at 5:30 p.m.

No Trash or Recycling Collections on December 25 and January 1

Baltimore County residents whose trash would normally have been collected on Friday, December 25, should set it out on Friday night to be collected on Saturday, December 26.

Baltimore County residents whose trash would normally have been collected on Friday, January 1, should set it out on Friday night to be collected on Saturday, January 2.

Residents whose single stream recycling collection normally would have occurred on December 25 and January 1, are asked to hold those recyclables until the next scheduled day for those items, Friday, January 8, or take them to one of the County's three drop-off centers.

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the last week of December and the first week of January, because more material must be collected in fewer collection days. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, the materials should be left out until collection occurs.

All trash and recycling drop-off facilities (including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill) and County offices will be closed on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1.  Drop-off facilities and County offices will be open with normal operating hours on Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), and Thursday, December 31 (New Year's Eve), and trash and recycling will be collected on those days.

Residents can visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website or call 410-887-2000 for more information about recycling and trash collection, including drop-off center locations and hours.


Collection Will Resume April 2016

The separate collection of yard materials (for Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their collection schedules) will halt in December, and will resume in April 2016.

The date of the last 2015 “Y” day varies among County collection schedules. Residents must refer to their particular schedule for details (the final “Y” day will occur within the first two weeks of December).

Please note that after the last “Y” day occurs on a particular schedule, yard materials can be placed out with trash on a scheduled trash collection day.

Schedule and Guide Information

Residents may go online to view their trash and recycling collection schedule and program guide by visiting the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website. Collection schedules and program guides can also be obtained by calling 410-887-2000.

Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves into the gutter or street is illegal.


photo of fallen leavesA Message from Your Leaves…

Hi, do you want a lush, green world in the spring? If so, don’t waste your precious fall weekends raking us into piles and bagging us, or shattering the serenity of sunlit afternoons with leaf blowers. Instead, consider leaving us where we fall – “leafcycle.”

Leafcycling

Leafcycling is the process of mulching leaves – that is, mincing us to shreds with your lawn mower – then letting Mother Nature take her course. This thin layer of tiny leaf particles, approximately one-tenth of their original size, will decompose and add valuable nutrients to your soil – for free.

Afraid you have an overwhelming abundance of leaves? No worries. Use my friends and me to mulch around your shrubs or in your flower beds and gardens or as filler for your compost pile. You can count on us to protect the roots of your shrubs and perennials over the blustery, white winter.

We Can Nourish Your Lawn

Why place us on the curb in plastic bags, waiting to be hauled away, when we could be nourishing your lawn?

There are a few simple guidelines to obtain the best results:

  • Instead of waiting for all of the leaves to fall and mulching them in one cutting, do multiple cuttings. This is especially true if you have a lot of leaves.
        
  • Chop the leaves as finely as possible. The finer the particles, the quicker they will decompose. A mulching mower will assist in this process, but any mower can be used.
       
  • Make sure the leaf particles don’t cover the tops of the grass blades. You don’t want to smother your lawn.
       
  • If the mulched leaves are higher than the tops of the grass blades, you can place the excess around your annual plants, shrubs, hedges and trees. A six-inch layer of mulched leaves will quickly settle into the ideal three-inch layer that will help to keep soil moist and protect the plants’ roots through winter.

Thanks on behalf of all leaf types,

Abel the Maple Leaf and her friends at the Baltimore County Recycling Division


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