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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 9 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.  The County’s trash and recycling drop-off facilities will be open.   Residents can log onto for more information 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.

If you are looking for a cool environment with access to water and bathrooms, then Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” available where you can get relief from the heat.

During the months of May through September, Baltimore County Public Library has 19 convenient branches that are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website to get more information on the library branch nearest you or call 410-887-6100.

Baltimore County Senior Centers are also open to the general public, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on their 20 Senior Centers or call their Senior Center Information and Assistance line at 410-887-2594.

There are also other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County:

  • Community Centers
  • Churches
  • Malls
  • Movie Theaters
  • Museums
  • Neighbor's home with air conditioning
  • Restaurants

“Residents need to know that the County has plenty of resources available where they can go to get cool,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services.  “From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where you can get relief from the heat, and I urge you to use them if you do not have air conditioning.”

To keep you and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat, use these hot weather tips:

  • NEVER leave a child or pet in an unattended car!
  • Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
  • Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices. Also provide your pet with plenty of water and sheltering.
  • Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high. 
  • Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.

by Jean Fitz, Regional Manager, Division of Senior Centers and Community Services

If you’re looking for a way to stay active this summer, joining a senior center is the place for you.  There are twenty senior centers in Baltimore County that offer exciting classes and a place to meet new friends and neighbors. Here’s a sample of classes for the summer of ’17.

Fitness classes

Strength Training, Cardio Fit, Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates

Dance Classes

Zumba Gold, Ballroom, Line Dance, Drums Fit

Language Classes

Spanish, French and Russian

Card Playing

Bridge, Mah Jongg, Canasta and Pinochle


Pickle Ball, Golf, Bingo, Chess, Volleyball and Basketball


Art, Watercolor, Drawing, Writing, Stain Glass, Ceramics, Photography 

Register Now

Summer class registration takes place from June 5 through the middle of June. Membership is open to Baltimore County individuals 60 years of age and older and their spouse, regardless of the spouse’s age.  Non-county residents are eligible to join, however, they may face some restrictions related to class registration. 

More Information

To find class schedules and the senior center closest to you, please call 410-887-2040 or click here to find class schedules online.  

Revised September 11, 2017