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, five 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.
Will Resume April 2017
The separate collection of yard materials (for Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their collection schedules) will halt in December, and will resume in April 2017.
The date of the last 2016 “Y” day varies among County collection schedules. Residents must refer to their particular schedule for details (the final “Y” day will occur within the first two weeks of December).
Please note that after the last “Y” day occurs on a particular schedule, yard materials can be placed out with trash on a scheduled trash collection day.
Residents may go online to view their trash and recycling collection schedule and program guide by visiting the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website. Collection schedules and program guides can also be obtained by calling 410-887-2000.
Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves into the gutter or street is illegal.
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.