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County offices are closed on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day. 

Notice — All Trash, Recycling and Yard Material Collections scheduled on or after Monday, July 4, will occur one day later that week. Find your schedule.

Residential Recycling Collection

Important Note Regarding Plastic Bags

Plastic bag.Plastic bags—even if marked recyclable—are not accepted in the County's recycling program.

Plastic bags of any type must not be used to set out recyclables for collection. These bags jam machinery at the single stream sorting facility. Many grocery stores will accept clean, dry plastic bags for recycling.

It is recommended that you bring reusable bags with you when shopping to eliminate the need for plastic bags.

In the County’s single stream recycling program, all acceptable recyclables may be mixed together in the same container for collection.

  • Residents of single-family homes can view their collection schedule and set-out guide to learn how to place recyclables out for collection.
  • Residents of apartments and condominiums should check with their property manager for details on how recycling collection works in their community.

Drop-Off Facility Locations

County residents may also take their single stream recyclables to one of our three drop-off facilities.

Types of Materials

Below are the basic five categories of materials accepted in Baltimore County’s single stream recycling program. By focusing on these common and often valuable materials, you're helping the environment and the County's bottom line.

If an item does not belong in any of these categories, or if you’re not sure, you can help to minimize recycling contamination­ by following this rule—"when in doubt, throw it out (in the trash).”

Contact Us

Bureau of Solid Waste Management

111 West Chesapeake Avenue
Suite 211
Towson, Maryland 21204


Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Bureau Chief:

Michael R. Beichler

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