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To Ensure Collection, Trees Must be Set out No Later than January 20

The collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 15, 2018. Because Christmas tree collection dates will vary from place to place, residents must have trees set out no later than Saturday, January 20 to ensure collection.

Pick-up Location Change for Residents with Alley Collection

New this year, residents should place trees out for pick-up at the same location where they would normally place trash and recycling for collection. Specifically, residents with alley collection are instructed to place their Christmas trees in the alley, where they normally set out trash and recycling. This change is in response to requests from the community and it improves operational efficiency.   

As usual, residents must follow these rules when placing their Christmas trees out to be recycled:

  • Only set out live (not artificial) trees.
  • Set out the tree only (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.).

Baltimore County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard trash/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 Tuesday, December 26, 2017. 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.

County Public Works Department to Mark National Recycling Celebration with Facebook Live Q&A

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has declared November 15, 2017, as America Recycles Day in Baltimore County. As part of this event, on November 15 at 2 p.m., the Baltimore County Department of Public Works will host a Facebook Live Q&A on the County’s official social media page for sustainable living, Clean Green Baltimore County, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day (ARD), a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day and coast-to-coast community-driven awareness campaign dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. It has been held on – and in the weeks leading into – November 15 since 1997.

The purpose of the Facebook Live Q&A is to give citizens and local businesses the opportunity to ask questions about recycling in Baltimore County, such as, what items can and can’t be recycled? What can I do with items that are recyclable but cannot be set out for curbside collection? What products contain recycled material, and why is it important to “buy recycled?”

Baltimore County recycling experts Richard Keller and Rashida White will answer questions and discuss important recycling do's and don'ts during this first live stream event of its kind produced by Baltimore County Government. Potential viewers can visit to like Clean Green Baltimore County on Facebook, or bookmark the URL to make this live video streaming event easy to find on America Recycles Day.

“Every day should be a recycling day, but we celebrate America Recycles Day every November 15th to encourage residents and businesses to recycle all they can and to reduce the amount of waste they produce in the first place,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “While we have made great progress in recycling, businesses and residents can still recycle more material.”

Last year, Baltimore County residents recycled 52,425 tons of material through the single stream recycling program. Recycling reduces the need for disposal, generates revenue for the County from the sale of recyclables, provides raw material for manufacturers, reduces greenhouse gases and saves valuable resources for future generations.

Baltimore County Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager Charlie Reighart hopes the Facebook Live Q&A will give residents the opportunity to get the information they need to recycle more, and better. “Baltimore County residents enjoy a single stream recycling program that makes recycling easy, something to celebrate especially on America Recycles Day, but also throughout the year,” he said.

Those who are unable to watch the live stream on Facebook can send their recycling questions to The Department will use questions received via email in the Q&A and send replies after the broadcast.

For general information about recycling in Baltimore County, please call 410-887-2000, send an email to or visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management online.  

As of Friday, September 1, the Baltimore County residential household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off site will be moving from the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh to the Central Acceptance Facility in Cockeysville. This relocation is an effort to maximize convenience for residents across the County in a cost-effective way.

To help ease this transition, both the Cockeysville and White Marsh HHW sites will operate simultaneously for a month-long period. Saturday, September 30 will be the final day of operation for the Eastern Sanitary Landfill’s HHW site. After this date, paint and hazardous materials (including pesticides, herbicides, cooking oil, swimming pool chemicals, and solvents) will no longer be accepted at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill. Items such as antifreeze, electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, mercury thermometers, motor oil, and rechargeable batteries will continue to be accepted from residents at both the Eastern Sanitary Landfill and the Central Acceptance Facility.

The Central Acceptance Facility’s HHW site, located at 201 West Warren Road in Cockeysville, will accept residential paint and hazardous materials for drop-off year-round (please note that some computer map programs will inaccurately show this address on the east side of York Road). The facility is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the County’s trash and recycling program, including details about the types of HHW accepted at the Cockeysville facility, residents should visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s web site or call 410-887-2000.

Revised September 11, 2017