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Litter does more than look bad and detract from our communities—it washes into storm drains and pollutes our waterways. There’s no single solution to combating the litter issue in Baltimore County, which is why we've taken a multi-agency approach through both litter prevention and removal programs. Learn more about these programs by emailing

Join Litter Blitz 2024

Baltimore County Litter BlitzBaltCo Litter Blitz is Baltimore County's springtime anti-litter promotion, where community groups register online to conduct volunteer litter cleanups of any size. The 2024 Litter Blitz takes place this April and May.

Visit the Litter Blitz Hub

Visit the hub website to:

  • Learn how to pick up free bags and gloves, while supplies last
  • Register to host a community litter cleanup
  • Sign up as a volunteer at a registered cleanup
  • View program data and progress
Visit the Litter Blitz Hub Website

Name our Streams Contest 

The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) is working to call attention to the importance of protecting our local streams that lead to the Chesapeake Bay and you can help.

We’ve identified an unnamed neighborhood stream in the greater Fairbrook area of Windsor Mill (view a map) and invite community members to add their “watermark” by submitting suggested names for EPS’ consideration. The winning name will appear on official maps and signs.

How to Participate

  1. Before April 1
    1. Show your “stream spirit” by spending 15 minutes outside picking up litter.
    2. Report the cleanup results on the Clean Green Litter Challenge website.
    3. Submit your proposed name on Facebook @CleanGreenBaltCo. See the stream naming guidelines. In the Hillendale area, we have selected the finalist names for an unnamed neighborhood stream and will include these names in the April voting cycle on Facebook.
  2. April 10—EPS will post the three finalist names on Facebook for public voting.
  3. April 19—Public voting will close.
  4. April 22: Earth Day—The winning name will be announced.

Naming Guidelines

  • Consider names already in common use for the stream.
  • Use imaginative, distinctive names suggested by local history, folklore, topography, natural life, etc.
  • Use simple names. It’s best to limit your name to two words—including creek, run, branch, brook, stream, etc.
  • Don't name a stream to honor a living or a recently deceased person (within five years).
  • Don't choose a name if it is already used for a stream in your county or a nearby adjacent county.

Previous Contests

The U.S. Geological Survey has approved “Church Meadow Creek” as the new name for the previously unnamed, local stream in Pikesville. It crosses Church Lane and runs through a new, four-acre County park. Thanks to everyone who submitted a stream name suggestion and participated in a Clean Green 15 litter cleanup

Anti-Litter Programs for Residents

To help give your anti-litter efforts a lasting, ripple effect throughout your community, we encourage you to participate in the following County programs that combat litter and show that you care about keeping our environment clean.

The Litter-Smart Business Program

The County’s Litter-Smart Business program  for commercial operations and other establishments offers real-world tactics for effective waste management, as well as encouraging litter removal and prevention.

County Litter Removal and Enforcement

The County’s street sweeping program helps keep sediment and trash from clogging storm drains and flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. The Bureau of Highways’ street sweepers remove some 6,000 tons of debris each year from County roadways with curbs and gutters. The Bureau of Highways also responds to complaints of roadside dumping and excessive litter.

Code Enforcement works in collaboration with residents to maintain and improve communities by enforcing County Code and zoning regulations. Their inspectors respond to complaints on residential and commercial properties, including trash or debris in yards.

Volunteer at Your Local Watershed Association

Join a local watershed association to participate in volunteer opportunities to make improvements to our streams, forests and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Find contact information for your local watershed below to learn about restoration activities available in your community.

WatershedVolunteer Contact Information
Back River



Baltimore Harbor
Bird RiverGunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC)
  • Gwynns Falls 
  • Jones Falls
Blue Water Baltimore
Liberty ReservoirFriends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway
  • Little Gunpowder
  • Loch Raven
  • Lower Gunpowder Falls
  • Middle River
  • Tidal Gunpowder
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC)
Patapsco RiverPatapsco Heritage Greenway
Prettyboy Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC)

Additional Resources

Watch the "Watershed Moments" video series.

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Clean Green Baltimore County

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue
Room 305
Towson, Maryland 21204


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