Baltimore County News
Five meetings planned in different areas of the County
In accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland, Environment Article Section 9-503, the Baltimore County Department of Public Works is developing a new Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan to cover the 2019-2028 period. In order to solicit input from the community regarding the content of this plan, four public discussion meetings have been scheduled at Baltimore County Public Library branches around the County. The meeting schedule is as follows:
Monday, January 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Boulevard, Perry Hall, MD, 21128
Monday, January 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Arbutus Library, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, MD, 21227
Wednesday, February 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at North Point Library, 1716 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, MD, 21222
Monday, February 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cockeysville Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, MD, 21030
Thursday, February 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pikesville Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD, 21208
Please note that there are no “snow dates” for these scheduled meetings. If Baltimore County Public Libraries are closed due to inclement weather, the meeting on that date will be cancelled.
Copies of the 2019-2028 Plan’s draft Executive Summary are available on the County’s website, in the office of the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204 (County Office Building), and at every branch of the Baltimore County Public Library system.
In addition to the public discussion meetings, people may submit written comments about the plan to Steven A. Walsh, P.E., Director, Department of Public Works, 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. Written comments must be received by March 2, 2017.
Bureau of Solid Waste Management
As the holidays arrive, our belts tighten around our post-Thanksgiving waists and our wallets thin from the joy of giving to our loved ones. Amid the hustle and bustle of department store discounts and clearance racks, it’s easy to overlook all the perfectly good items piling up at home.
Many of us have unused low-definition TV’s, working cell phones untouched since the latest update, and outdated toys and games collecting dust in the basement. One can imagine Clement Clark Moore actually intended the timeless poem “‘Twas the Night before Christmas” to read “when out on the lawn there arose such a clutter.”
In addition to fueling the holiday spirit by helping others, donating, or choosing to reuse, unused goods has many advantages. As opposed to discarding items as trash, donating reduces disposal costs, cuts down on air and water pollution, and conserves space in Baltimore County’s landfill (which is already over 50 percent filled). Donating certain items may even qualify as a valuable tax deduction.
Here are some ways you can donate this holiday season.
Large household appliances, like electric stoves, refrigerators, and furniture, are accepted by the American Rescue Workers, which resells the items. The proceeds fund a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, a soup kitchen, and an overnight shelter for people in need.
Pet supplies, from crates to animal water bottles to blankets and towels, are acceptable items to donate to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) to be used for the animals at the shelter.
Books in good condition, as well as CDs and DVDs, can be donated to the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. These are sold at the annual Friends of the Towson Library Book Sale, which raises funds to support the Towson Library.
Cell phones complete with chargers and batteries can be donated to the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County to be given to people experiencing domestic violence.
Gently-used eyeglasses and sunglasses donated to Lenscrafters find new homes internationally with those who need glasses but cannot afford them.
Building supplies, like faucets, sinks, toilets, doors, windows, and tools, just to name a few, can easily be donated to The Loading Dock, Inc. Just bring them to either of two County residents’ drop-off facilities (the Central Acceptance Facility in Cockeysville or the Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility in White Marsh).
For a more in-depth list of acceptable items to donate, and where to take them, see the County’s Reuse Directory.
Remember – not everybody can give as much as you this holiday season. By donating unneeded goods, you can help fill more homes with cheer. And don’t forget – after you open your holiday gifts, make room in your closets, on your shelves, and in your cabinets by donating all your usable, but no longer wanted, items.