Baltimore County Now
Offices and Facilities Closed; No Trash and Recycling Collections
Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, September 7, in recognition of the Labor Day holiday.
Health department clinics, the Animal Services Shelter, libraries, senior centers and trash and recycling drop-off centers will be closed. CountyRide vans will not operate.
No Yard Materials Collection; Drop-Off Centers Closed
Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Monday, September 7, should set these materials out on Monday night for collection on Tuesday, September 8. Residents whose single stream recyclables would normally have been collected on Monday, September 7, are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Monday, September 14).
Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Labor Day. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.
Trash and recycling drop-off centers, as well as County offices, will be closed on Monday, September 7. Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Friday, September 4, and Saturday, September 5. County offices and drop-off facilities will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.
For more information, residents should visit the County’s web site at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 410-887-2000.
Solid Waste Superintendent, Bureau of Solid Waste Management
We all have busy lives. We devote our precious time to work, kids, community service, hobbies, and any number of other daily activities. For many of us, the last thing we want to think about is trash! In fact, for most of us, all we really want is to place our trash out for collection at the curb or alley and have it disappear.
Unfortunately, there may come a time when the trash doesn’t disappear. In most cases, there is a perfectly logical reason why trash collection does not occur. Following are some of the most common causes of missed trash collection.
Baltimore County regulations require that trashcans are limited to a maximum capacity of 34 gallons and a maximum filled weight of 40 pounds. These regulations are in place to protect the hard-working men and women on the back of the collection trucks. It is not uncommon for a single truck to collect trash from more than 1,500 homes in a day, with many homes placing two or three trashcans out for collection. It’s not hard to imagine the risk of repetitive motion injuries that could result from lifting oversize or overweight cans. Also, the County does not recommend using trashcans with hinged lids or wheels due to difficulty in handling by the collectors and the wheels/lids being prone to breakage.
Baltimore County regulations state that trash should be set out after 6:00 p.m. the night before a scheduled collection. Although some collectors arrive at a certain time each week, there are any number of factors (e.g., weather, traffic, holidays) that could cause them to arrive earlier or later than “normal.” It’s never a good idea to “set your clock” by the collector and the best way to ensure collection is to have your trash out the night before.
Although the collectors make every effort to collect the household trash people set out, there are items that should not be set out at the curb or alley. Bulk items (e.g., mattresses, furniture, appliances, building materials) are too large to be collected. Dangerous items (e.g., chemicals, paint, explosives) can create hazardous conditions for the workers and should never be placed out for collection. Additionally, it is illegal in Baltimore County to dispose of most household electronics (e.g., TVs, computer equipment, VCRs) as trash. For more information on how to properly dispose of all of the aforementioned materials, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste.
Baltimore County Code requires that vehicles parked in alleys must allow at least 12 feet clearance. You can report parked vehicles that prevent access to an alley by trash collection and/or emergency vehicles using the Baltimore County Police Department’s non-emergency line, 410-887-2222.
It’s important to remember the hard-working crews that collect trash from the nearly 330,000 homes in Baltimore County each week. If you get a chance, I hope you join me in thanking these folks for a job well done. Or, better yet, thank them on collection day by following the rules and regulations detailed here and you’ll also be helping ensure that your trash disappears on collection day!