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One-Day Event at Western Acceptance Facility

On Sunday, November 8, Baltimore County residents may bring household hazardous waste items to a one-day collection event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Baltimore County Western Acceptance Facility, located at 3310 Transway Road in Halethorpe.

The event is hosted by the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) in cooperation with the Police, Fire and Public Works departments.

Baltimore County residents may bring household paints and chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, cleaning solvents, swimming pool chemicals, re-chargeable batteries, medicines, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, fireworks and ammunition. No trash will be accepted at this event.

White Marsh Drop-Off Center Now Open All Year

For those residents who can’t make it to the one-day event, Baltimore County operates a full service household hazardous waste drop off facility at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, located at 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh. This facility is open all year and operates Monday through Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Spring 2016 Collection Event Announced

EPS officials also announced that the spring 2016 household hazardous waste one-day collection event will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baltimore County Central Acceptance Facility, located at 201 West Warren Road in Cockeysville. 


Residents may call the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability at 410-887-3745 for more information

Jerry Siewierski
Waste Management Program Manager

Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Do you ever wonder what to do with left over paints and chemicals in your basement and garage? You know that some of these materials are too dangerous to pour down the drain or throw into the garbage can.  Some, like gasoline, paint thinners or pesticides are pretty obvious, but others are not quite so apparent.

Did you know that swimming pool chemicals can react with other materials in your trash to create toxic gases or catch fire?  Or that drain cleaners come in two types, strong acids or strong bases?  You remember way back from high school chemistry class what happens if a strong acid and strong base get together….not good for whoever is nearby. Did you know that fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, or that rechargeable batteries contain toxic metals such as lead or cadmium?

It doesn’t take a chemist to picture what happens when liquid paints leak out of the garbage can or garbage truck onto our roads and streets and people ride over it w/ their cars….makes a real mess.  You probably didn’t know that some latex paints are re-usable.  Baltimore County has been recycling latex paints since 1998 and has recycled over 155,821 gallons.  That’s enough to fill 20 tanker trucks. The paints go to area non-profit groups for distribution to schools, churches and low-income residents.

This time of year, you can take these paints and chemicals to the county’s Eastern Sanitary Landfill drop off center, located at 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from April through November. 

To make the program convenient for residents in other areas, Baltimore County operates one day collection events at other sites.  This year’s events are scheduled for Sunday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Texas Landfill on Warren Rd in Cockeysville; and Sunday, November 10th from 9am to 1pm at the Western Acceptance Facility, 3310 Transway Rd in Halethorpe.

If you are not sure what to do with your leftover household paints or chemicals, or have any questions, call the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection at 410 887-3745 and we’ll be happy to help you.


Revised April 6, 2016