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Residents Should Check Schedules for Specific Collection Dates

Beginning 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 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.

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.

By Richard Keller, Recycling Marketing & Promotional Manager, Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management

Here’s something simple you can do to live a greener life. Before you buy a product, think about a product’s environmental effect. How was it manufactured? How will it be used? How will it be disposed, reused or recycled?

Whether you call it green purchasing, precycling or environmentally preferable purchasing, buying green can make a difference in the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Buying green can cut energy use, reduce the amount of materials that are disposed, limit natural resource consumption, and reduce generation of greenhouse gases.

Before you buy, consider choosing these types of environmentally preferable products:

  • Recycled content products
  • Remanufactured products
  • Products that reduce waste or use less packaging
  • Products that need less energy to manufacture or use less energy in daily use
  • Less toxic or less hazardous products
  • Reusable and recyclable products
  • Re-used products from thrift stores, charity stores, and flea markets. You can get more information from the Baltimore County Reuse Directory.

We make purchases based on price, quality, availability and brand loyalty. Add environmental impact to this list the next time you make a purchase.

We’ll all breathe a little easier.

Trash and Recycling Collection Normal, Drop-off Facilities Open

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, February 19 in recognition of the Presidents Day holiday. 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 Recycling Collection is Normal, Drop-Off Centers are Open

Trash and recyclables will be collected according to the normal schedule. The County’s trash and recycling drop-off facilities will be open. Learn more about recycling and trash collection, including schedules and drop-off center locations and hours. Residents may also call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.

Revised September 11, 2017