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Schedules Vary by Service Over Holiday Weekend

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Friday, July 3 in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.  Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate.

Trash, Recycling and Yard Materials Collections Will Be Normal on Friday, July 3; Drop-Off Centers Closed on July 4

On Friday, July 3, trash, recycling and yard materials collections will occur as scheduled, and all three County drop-off centers will be open with normal operating hours. On Saturday, July 4, County trash and recycling drop-off centers will be closed. For more information, residents should visit the County’s web site at or call 410-887-2000.

Parking Meters and Libraries

All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be open on Friday, July 3 and closed on Saturday, July 4. Parking meters must be paid on Friday, July 3 and are free on Saturday, July 4.

Animal Services Shelter is Open over the Holiday Weekend

The County’s Animal Services shelter will be open on Friday, July 3 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. for a special Fourth of July Day Deep Discount Days pet adoptions incentive that offers 50% off of adoption and spay/neuter fees. The shelter is also open normal hours on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

View adoptable pets at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter. For more information visit the County Animal Services website, Facebook page or call 410-887-PAWS (7297).

Another Clean Green County Initiative

At beautiful Meadowood Park in Lutherville this morning, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced to recycling advocates and recreation leaders that the County has initiated recycling collection in 12 Baltimore County parks.

“Recycling brings critical environmental benefits, both locally and globally,” Kamenetz said. “Offering our residents the opportunity to recycle conveniently in parks is another step toward a clean, green Baltimore County.”

The parks included in the program are:

  • Banneker Historical Park and Museum
  • Eastern Regional Park
  • Honeygo Regional Park
  • Marshy Point Nature Center
  • Meadowood Regional Park
  • Northwest Regional Park
  • Reisterstown Regional Park
  • Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park
  • Oregon Ridge Lodge and Nature Center
  • Robert E Lee Park
  • Loch Raven Fishing Center (seasonal)
  • Rocky Point Beach and Park

These parks were selected because they already have on-site staff who empty trash and aggregate it in dumpsters for weekly collection. Although no significant additional personnel time will be required, each of these sites will need additional equipment and fixtures to implement the program. The initial cost excluding the weekly hauling is approximately $44,000. 

Either the private hauler for each area or the County’s Property Management staff will empty the dumpsters on a set schedule. Private haulers charge approximately $88 per unit per year depending upon location.

The program began in May and features a combination of blue or white recycling barrels and attractive green trash and recycle containers. Two of the green containers will be placed at each of the designated parks and the number of barrels varies according to the park’s popularity, size and anticipated amount of recyclables.

“It is important to offer residents every opportunity to recycle and I congratulate County Executive Kamenetz on his continuing commitment to protecting our environment,” said County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.

Clean Green County Facts

  • Our residential recycling program continues to break records in terms of tonnage collected, and is generating approximately $2 million in net revenues per year.
  • Baltimore County continues to be recognized by the national Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for our investment in community trees, plus we are aggressively pursuing our goal of increasing the County’s overall tree canopy to 50 percent coverage.
  • Our stream restoration program is nationally recognized, with seven stream restoration projects completed since 2011 and more than two dozen now in the planning and design stages.
  • We are putting the Stormwater Utility Fee funding to work with projects all around the County including:
    • street sweeping
    • storm drain cleaning
    • stormwater facility inspection, maintenance and upgrades
    • shoreline stabilization
    • urban canopy tree planting
    • reforestation
    • monitoring, planning and programming
    • other improvements to impervious surfaces
  • DPW is promoting residential recycling with billboards promoting the benefits of recycling, including environmental, jobs and landfill conservation. The three billboards can be viewed on the County’s Facebook page at:


photo of recycling balerRashida White
Public Information Specialist
 Baltimore County Recycling Division

Baltimore County is celebrating America Recycles Day in a big way this year, with the opening of its new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and transfer station in Cockeysville that sorts the tons of materials collected each day through the County’s very successful Single Stream Recycling Program. 

The new single stream facility will definitely impress visitors as tons of recyclables travel on numerous conveyor belts and are sorted multiple ways, including the use of optical sorters that shoot blasts of air to separate bottles and cans from paper. The highly automated equipment will allow the new MRF to process 35 tons of recyclables per hour, with the capacity to sort more than 70,000 tons of recyclables per year.

Our new MRF is not just impressive to look at, but it will also allow the County to hold on to the full economic benefits of high value recyclables collected from residents. Collectively, the new transfer station and single stream MRF are expected to generate approximately $750,000 to $2 million per year revenue after expenses, depending on market conditions.

The opening is just in time to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national campaign to educate and encourage individuals to recycle.  What better way to participate and show that Baltimore County recycles, than to make sure that you are recycling all that you can!

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