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Trash and Recycling Collection Normal, Drop-off Facilities Open

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, October 8 in recognition of Columbus Day.  Health department clinics, libraries and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate. Parking meters must be fed and Baltimore County Revenue Authority parking garages will be open as usual.

Trash and recyclables will be collected according to the normal schedule and the County’s trash and recycling drop-off facilities will be open. Residents can log onto www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste for more information about recycling and trash collection, including schedules and drop-off center locations and hours, or call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.

Collection schedules are also available on the County’s new BaltCoGo app, available on mobile phones. The app is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users and may be downloaded from their respective app stores.  


By Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Baltimore County Department of Public Works, Recycling Division

Throughout his career with Baltimore County, the late County Executive Kevin Kamenetz demonstrated a steadfast commitment to protecting the environment. He understood that governments, businesses and citizens must work together to find solutions that help us live and conduct business more sustainably.

With the help of many other county employees, County Executive Kamenetz built a legacy of environmental stewardship that will have an impact on our region for generations to come.

  • Almost two billion dollars invested in water and sewer projects to provide safe, clean drinking water and responsible waste management.
  • More than $137 million in stream restoration, shoreline stabilization, reforestation and other water quality projects to preserve and restore the County’s natural infrastructure, including nearly 50,000 trees planted on 466 acres.
  • Building a new single-stream recycling facility.
  • Establishing energy efficiency and renewable energy policies to reduce the County’s carbon footprint.
  • More than $68 million invested in new parks, recreation facilities and community centers.
  • Seventeen Small Watershed Action Plans developed to clean up streams and rivers and send healthier waters to the Bay.
  • Twenty four TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Implementation Plans developed in nine county watersheds to reduce waterway pollutants such as trash, bacteria, sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen and mercury.
  • Creating the environmentally-focused Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page.

Baltimore County has earned a number of recent awards for its environmental programs, including:

  • National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Awards every year from 2010 to 2017
  • Maryland Recycling Network’s Outstanding Government Leadership Award
  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge
  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for the County’s Single Stream Recycling facility
  • Maryland Recycling Network Extraordinary Achievement Award for the Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page

By his leadership and actions, County Executive Kamenetz saw a sustainable future for our county and state, with cleaner air and water, green open spaces, abundant forests, healthy wildlife and a thriving Chesapeake Bay.

He also had faith that we, the citizens, employees and institutions of Baltimore County, would do our part to make this vision a reality.

The question is, what can we do today to make ours a cleaner, greener county? Find tips and resources at baltimorecountymd.gov/CleanGreenBaltCo.

 

 

 

                  


Charlie Reighart Named Recycler of the Year; County Honored for Environmental Social Media Page

Baltimore County received two awards from the Maryland Recycling Network (MRN) at the MRN/Mid-Atlantic SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Annual Conference last week. Charlie Reighart, Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager for the County’s Bureau of Solid Waste Management won the Dwight Copenhaver Recycler of the Year award and the Bureau of Solid Waste Management received the Extraordinary Achievement Award for its Clean Green Baltimore County Social Media Program.

“Charlie Reighart has been a real leader in the recycling field, creating innovative programs that not only benefit County residents but are models for similar programs at the state and national level,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. During Reighart’s 28 years with the Bureau of Solid Waste Management, Baltimore County has received five national and ten statewide awards for recycling and waste prevention.

Reighart has provided leadership to MRN and other state and national organizations to expand recycling and waste prevention, including leading efforts for a statewide waste diversion goal and guidelines for a source reduction credit system. Since 1996, he has served on the MRN Board and in various MRN officer and committees chair roles.

Reighart has managed many other County programs and projects, including once-a-week trash and once-a-week recycling collection, the implementation of single stream recycling, electronics recycling, recycling container placement at County intersections, a four-year recycling program calendar and guide, source reduction programs, recycling tonnage reporting to the State and the development of Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plans. In addition, he has hired and mentored 101 interns since 1992. These interns have provided important services to County residents, and many have gone on to other responsible positions in the public and private sector, with seven former interns currently working in the recycling field.

Going Clean and Green on Social Media

In 2017, the Recycling Division developed the Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook Page (Facebook.com/CleanGreenBaltCo). This social media page publishes environmentally-focused content related to Baltimore County agencies, including, but not limited to, the County’s Departments of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Public Works, Planning, and Recreation and Parks, as well as the Energy Management and Sustainability Section in the Property Management Division of the Office of Budget and Finance. None of these agencies has its own social media presence. 

The page is a digital “one-stop shop” to help residents, businesses and institutions become better environmental stewards by providing information on programs, services and resources that support healthy, sustainable living. In addition to educating people about initiatives that focus on sustainability, nature and the environment, the page publishes tips, strategies and resources to improve its followers’ efforts in recycling, waste prevention and reuse, energy savings, natural resource conservation and other aspects of green living, as well as information about state, national and international environmental initiatives and success stories.

Highlights from the page’s first year include 1.3 million page impressions, reaching more than 825,000 people, 46,000 video views, 5,300 post shares and more than 2,100 page fans. The page produced the County’s first Facebook Live Q&A, an interactive, semi-scripted, 55-minute live video broadcast on America Recycles Day (November 15, 2017). The page also included events and activities related to Earth Month in April. The County publicized these environmental efforts at a cost considerably below other forms of traditional advertising. The Facebook site is an effective way to promote waste prevention, recycling and other environmental programs.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017