Baltimore County Now
Pledge to Recycle or Recycle More Often!
Celebrated each year on November 15, since 1997, America Recycles Day (ARD) is an initiative of the non-profit organization Keep America Beautiful.
ARD is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States.
Recycling-focused events are held across the country in celebration of ARD. In 2014, more than 2,000 events were registered, engaging more than two million estimated participants nationwide. Throughout the month of November, individuals are also encouraged to pledge to either start recycling or recycle more often. Pledges can be submitted on the ARD website, through social media, or via paper form.
Benefits Impact Residents
Recycling is especially important in Baltimore County, where many of its benefits have a direct impact on County residents. Recycling helps to preserve space in the County’s only active landfill. Recycling also earns money for the County – in the period from July 2014 through June 2015, the County’s recycling sorting facility generated net operating revenues of over 1.8 million dollars.
There are many other great reasons to recycle, and Baltimore County wants residents to share their own on social media. Individuals are encouraged to use the hash tag #WhyBaltCoRecycles to spread the word and inspire others to recycle.
Learn more about the County's recycling program , visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s or call 410-887-2000.
Learn more about ARD.
It's Dangerous, Illegal, and Can Harm the Bay
Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves and grass trimmings into the gutter or street is unsafe, potentially damaging to the Chesapeake Bay, and illegal.
Leaves in the gutter can lead to fires and endanger children who might try to play in the leaves. Leaves and grass trimmings can also clog drains and, if the leaves do get to the bay, cause algae blooms. Algae blooms absorb oxygen and light that fish and aquatic plants need to survive.
Instead of raking or blowing these yard materials into the gutter, the County suggests that residents compost them. Composting leaves and grass trimmings is an easy way to produce an environmentally friendly soil additive for use in gardens.
Another option for Baltimore County residents is to simply mulch fallen leaves with a lawn mower and leave them on the ground, providing a great natural fertilizer for lawns as the leaves decompose. Mulched leaves can also be collected and used around plants, garden beds, under shrubs and hedges and under trees. The mulch will keep the soil moist and protect the roots of the plants.
Bag Yard Materials
Baltimore County residents who choose to bag their yard materials should put them out where they normally place their trash, in accordance with their trash and recycling collection schedule. Residents are reminded to use paper (preferred) or plastic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans or any other type of container.
For more information on how to handle yard materials at home call 410-887-2000.
Public Hearing is October 13, 2015
In accordance with the amended Annotated Code of Maryland, Environment Article Section 9-1712, the Baltimore County Department of Public Works is proposing an amendment to Baltimore County’s Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan (“the Plan”) regarding the availability of recycling at certain special events.
In order to solicit input from the community, a public hearing is being held on Tuesday, October 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Towson Library meeting room, located at 320 York Road in Towson. Representatives from Baltimore County will be present at the hearing to accept comments and answer questions. Further information can be obtained by calling the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.
Proposed Plan Available, Submit Comments
Download a copy of the proposed Plan amendment or pick up a hard copy at the office of the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue in Towson (County Office Building), and at every branch of the Baltimore County Public Library system.
In addition to the public hearing, people may submit written comments on the proposed amendment to Edward C. Adams Jr., Director, Department of Public Works, 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. Comments must be received within 35 days of the public hearing.