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Trash and Recycling Collection Normal, Drop-off Facilities Open

Towson, MD – Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, February 18 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.  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. Residents may also 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.  

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By Steve Walsh
Director of Public Works

Next time you take a drink of nice cool, clean water; flush away something nasty or take a pleasant drive, think of the engineers over time who have made our modern comforts and sanitation possible. Engineers are the original environmentalists who have toiled for centuries to protect us and our surroundings by coming up with ingenious ways to keep raw sewage, rotting garbage, pollution and disease under control and from affecting our daily lives.

The History of Engineering

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Ancient engineers developed the aqueducts and water treatment, starting with the ancient Egyptians who collected rainfall and designed copper pipelines to dispose of sewage. Around 2000 B.C., Hindus figured out that water should be stored in copper vessels, exposed to sunlight and filtered through charcoal. The early Romans created drains and sewers and fostered hygienic processes. The “filth, pestilence and plague” of the Dark Ages helped inspire further innovations in engineering.

In the 1600s, English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon conducted thousands of experiments on the treatment of water, including boiling, distillation and percolating it through filters. In the 1800s, hydraulic engineers worked out methods to deliver abundant clean water to the developing cities and reduce the choking pollution from industrial smokestacks. In the 20th century, American engineers sent Neil Armstrong to the moon to take his “giant leap for mankind.” For more of these historical nuggets, check out the interesting article "History of Environmental Engineering," by Washington University in St. Louis Professor Charles A. Buescher Jr., PE, DEE.

The County's World-Renowned Engineering

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If you hike or bike around Loch Raven, Prettyboy or Liberty Reservoirs, you may be interested to know that our world-renowned reservoir and dam system for drinking water in the Baltimore region is thanks to engineer extraordinaire Abel Wolman. He was in the very first graduating class of the Johns Hopkins School of Engineering in 1915, and went on to become the architect of Baltimore City’s expansive water and sewage treatment plants built in the 1930s, which still serve some 1.8 million people in Baltimore City and County.

Modern-day engineers come in all stripes, including civil, environmental, transportation, aeronautical, electrical, mechanical and chemical. They keep our bridges and roadways in working order, reduce stormwater run-off from roads and buildings, dredge waterways to keep them open, protect and restore our streams and shorelines, and much more.

National Engineers Week

Did you know that the word “engineer” derives from the Latin words, "ingenium," meaning "cleverness," and "ingeniare," meaning “to contrive or devise.” So if you know a clever engineer who is helping to keep our environment healthy and the gadgets, gizmos and systems of our society running smoothly, please take a moment to thank him or her during National Engineers Week, from February 17 through 23. (Sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers.)


Baltimore County offers free HIV testing at multiple locations

The Baltimore County Department of Health is hosting five, free HIV testing clinics in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD).The clinics will be held on Thursday, February 7 and are open to everyone, regardless of race.

February 7, 2019 is the 19th annual observance of NBHAAD. This initiative aims to raise awareness of HIV – especially among African Americans. A primary focus of this annual observation is to encourage everyone to get tested and learn their status. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the more than 1.1 million people in the United States estimated to have HIV, approximately 15% are unaware that they are infected. Moreover, although African Americans represent approximately 13% of the U.S. population, they account for approximately 43% of the HIV diagnoses.

“Even though these clinics are being held in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, it’s critical for everyone ages 13 and older to get tested and to know their status,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. “What you don’t know can hurt you—and others. So take advantage of our free testing opportunities.”

Testing is free, quick and conveniently provided at a Baltimore County Health Center near you. No appointment is necessary and your test results are provided within 20 minutes. Testing locations and times are as follows: HIV Clinic Schedule

  • Drumcastle Government Center | 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 6401 York Road, Third Floor, 21212
  • Eastern Family Resource Center | 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 9150 Franklin Square Drive, 21237
  • Lansdowne Health Center | 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM 3902 Annapolis Road, 21227
  • Liberty Family Resource Center | 1 PM to 4 PM 3525 Resource Drive, 21133
  • Essex Health Center | 2 PM to 7 PM 201 Back River Neck Road, 21221

For information about our year-round HIV testing clinics, please call 410-887-2437 or visit our website at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/gettested.

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Revised September 11, 2017