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Date: Nov 20, 2017

No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on Thanksgiving Day; Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Thursday, November 23 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday; Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Thursday and parking meters are free on the holiday. The courts are closed on Friday, but County offices and facilities will operate with normal schedules for the remainder of the weekend.

No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on Thanksgiving Day; Drop-off Centers Closed

The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to see when they should set out trash, recycling, and yard materials. 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.

Baltimore County trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Thursday, November 23. County offices and all three drop-off facilities will be open with regular operating hours on Wednesday, November 22, and Friday, November 24.


Baltimore County Reminds Residents Not to Rake or Blow Yard Materials into the Street  

Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves and grass trimmings into the gutter or street is unsafe, potentially damaging to the Chesapeake Bay, and illegal.

Leaves in the gutter can lead to fires and endanger children who might try to play in the leaves. Leaves and grass trimmings can also clog drains and, if the leaves do get to the bay, cause algae blooms. Algae blooms absorb oxygen and light that fish and aquatic plants need to survive.

Instead of raking or blowing these yard materials into the gutter, the County suggests that residents compost them. Composting leaves and grass trimmings is an easy way to produce an environmentally friendly soil additive for use in gardens.

Another option for Baltimore County residents is to simply mulch fallen leaves with a lawn mower and leave them on the ground, providing a great natural fertilizer for lawns as the leaves decompose. Mulched leaves can also be collected and used around plants, garden beds, under shrubs and hedges, and under trees. The mulch will keep the soil moist and protect the roots of the plants.

Baltimore County residents who choose to bag their yard materials should put them out where they normally place their trash, in accordance with their trash and recycling collection schedule. Residents are reminded to use paper or plastic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans or any other type of container.

For more information on how to handle yard materials at home, residents may visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 410-887-2000.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017