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Residents should check schedules for specific collection date
 

Beginning April 1, 2019, 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.

Collection schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000. Schedules are also available on the County’s BaltCoGo app, for use on mobile phones. The app is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users and may be downloaded from their respective app stores.

While residents may set out an unlimited number of bags of yard materials, the collector may 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 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.

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By Dave Lykens, Acting Director
Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

County environmental officials can’t be everywhere, so we appreciate it when people let us know when they see (or smell) something that doesn’t seem right to them. Reports from the public are a great compliment to our water quality monitoring.

The head of a stream.

Know Who to Call

If you see an environmental emergency, call one of the following 24-hour emergency lines:

  • Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Utilities
    Call 410-887-7415 to report sewage overflows from a manhole, pumping station or elsewhere.
  • Maryland Department of the Environment’s Emergency Response Division
    Call 1-866-633-4686 if you come across evidence of a chemical spill or a fish kill.
  • Baltimore County 911 Emergency
    Call 911 to immediately report a dangerous or potentially life-threatening situation. You can also call 911 if you see someone illegally dumping trash and debris.

Report Pollution Online

Piles of garbage bags.

To report less time-critical issues, such as a pile of dumped trash, wash water or other suspicious liquids flowing into a storm drain or stream, contact our Watershed Managers. You can report pollution online or by calling 410-887-5683 during regular business hours (between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) on weekdays.


 March is Women’s History Month

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month to honor women’s contributions in American society. This year’s theme is "Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence," honoring women who have championed the use of nonviolence to end war, violence, and injustice.
 
Baltimore County and the Women’s Commission will recognize three outstanding women during its 37th Annual “Woman of the Year” Awards Ceremony to be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Towson.
The 2019 visionary women of Baltimore County are:
  • Aziza Khan as the “Woman of the Year”, a long-time refugee advocate and mentor to women and their families spreading “love for all and hatred for none”
  • Cynthia Mingo as the “ Woman Making a Difference Awardee,” a community champion in promoting social justice and addressing economic disparity
  • Haleemat Adekoya as the “2019 Young Woman of the Year,” senior at Milford Mill Academy and chosen representative of more than 113,000 students as a Student Board Member for Baltimore County Public Schools
These awards are given to County female residents who have enhanced the lives of citizens and made significant contributions in the community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.
 
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will lead the recognition of awardees, together with County Council members, State Senators and Delegates, and County agency heads.
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Revised September 11, 2017