Baltimore County News
Collections Occur from April 1 through December 14
Beginning Friday, April 1, yard materials will be collected separately for recycling (not with trash) from Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their schedule. These separate yard material collections will occur from April through as late as December 14.
For example, if a resident’s first “Y” day is April 11, yard materials set out at the curb or alley from April 1–10 will not be collected with trash, but will be picked up separately on April 11. If a resident’s schedule has no “Y” days, their yard materials will continue to be collected with trash year-round.
While residents may set out an unlimited number of bags of yard materials, the collector might not collect all of the bags on the same day. Collectors must make trash collection their first priority, and must take into account all of the residents on their route. Residents are asked to leave their yard materials out until collection occurs.
Yard materials acceptable for recycling collection include grass, leaves, vines, twigs, shrubbery trimmings, and branches and limbs. Residents are reminded to use paper (preferred) or plastic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans. Bags of yard materials set out for collection must not exceed 30 pounds. Also, branches and limbs will be collected only if they are no larger than 3 inches in diameter, no longer than 3 feet, and tied in bundles not exceeding 30 pounds.
The yard materials collected on “Y” days will be composted into an earthy organic material, to be used by Baltimore County agencies and residents.
For more information about the County’s trash and recycling collection program, residents should visit the solid waste management web site or call 410-887-2000.
Collections Where and When Conditions Permit
Recycling collection will resume on February 1. Trash and recycling collections will take place where and when conditions permit. No alley pick-up until further notice; only at front curb.
Trees Must be at Curb No Later than Saturday, January 16
The collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 11.
To ensure collection of Christmas trees, residents must have the trees out at the curb no later than Saturday, January 16.
Residents must follow these simple rules when placing their Christmas trees at the curb to be recycled:
- Only set out live (not artificial) trees.
- Set out the tree only (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.).
- Only set out trees at the front curb or street; trees will not be collected from alleys.
Baltimore County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard trash and recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to be chipped and later used as mulch. Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager’s rules when recycling their Christmas trees.
Residents who wish to drop off Christmas trees themselves may do so starting Saturday, December 26, 2015. Christmas trees (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.) may be taken to any one of the County’s three drop-off locations.
For directions to the County’s drop-off centers, residents may visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website or call 410-887-2000.
Revised September 26, 2016