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​Blocked Gutters Can Lead to Environmental and Safety Concerns

 Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves and grass trimmings into the gutter or street is unsafe, potentially damaging to the Chesapeake Bay and illegal.

Leaves in the gutter can lead to fires and endanger children who might try to play in the leaves. Leaves and grass trimmings can also clog drains and, if the leaves do get to the bay, cause algae blooms. Algae blooms absorb oxygen and light that fish and aquatic plants need to survive.

Instead of raking or blowing these yard materials into the gutter, the County suggests that residents compost them. Composting leaves and grass trimmings is an easy way to produce an environmentally friendly soil additive for use in gardens. 

Another option for Baltimore County residents is to simply mulch fallen leaves with a lawn mower and leave them on the ground, providing a great natural fertilizer for lawns as the leaves decompose. Mulched leaves can also be collected and used around plants, garden beds, under shrubs and hedges and under trees. The mulch will keep the soil moist and protect the roots of the plants. 

Baltimore County residents who choose to bag their yard materials should put them out where they normally place their trash, in accordance with their trash and recycling collection schedule. Residents are reminded to use paper or plastic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans or any other type of container. 

For more information on how to handle yard materials at home, residents may visit baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 410-887-2000.


No Trash, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection on Monday

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, September 2, in recognition of the Labor Day holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed and parking meters will be free on the holiday.

View Your Collection Schedule

The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to see the impact of holidays on when they should set out trash, recycling and yard materials. Collection schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website, may be requested by calling 410-887-2000 or can be viewed on the County’s 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. 

Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County offices, and trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Monday, September 2. 


No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on May 27

Baltimore County government offices and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Monday, May 27 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed and parking meters are free on the holiday.

View Your Collection Schedule

The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to see the impact of holidays on when they should set out trash, recycling and yard materials.

Collection schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 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.

Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County offices and trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Monday, May 27.  


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017