Baltimore is a county located in the state of Maryland, in the United States of America, and just like all other cities or counties in the country, this one has a detailed cleaning program which applies on roads, houses, buildings and every other thing.
If you are a Baltimore resident and want to be a part of this trash collection program or already are its member, you need to learn a lot of things about it, like the trash pickup timings, nature of items to be placed in different categories of containers etc.
Baltimore County Trash Pickup Schedule
Trash collection in Baltimore County takes place on a regular basis on all the working days of the week in some areas while some areas get their trash collected only two times in a week.
If you want to search your schedule by address, just enter the address details in the bar given at the government’s website https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/departments/public-works/solid-waste/collection-schedule.html#/.
After entering your address, take a look at the given options and choose the one which describes your location the best.
Moreover, trash cans can be placed in their respective locations for collection after 6 pm and the cans will be emptied the next day.
In case of any inconvenience or confusion, contact the waste department through this number 410-887-2000.
Public holidays to keep in mind
Trash collection takes place regularly without any delays under normal circumstances but at some of the government-announced public holidays, no garbage is picked up. Here are some holidays that change the schedule for a day.
- Memorial Day – Monday May 29
- Independence Day – Tuesday July 4
- Labor Day – Monday September 4
- Thanksgiving Day – Thursday November 23
- Christmas Day – Monday December 25
- New Year’s Day – Monday January 1, 2024
The schedule for these days is shifted to the next day, and so on.
Baltimore County Yard Waste Pickup Schedule
Yard waste includes all the items that make up your lawn. These things include tree branches, leaves, grass, brush and other vegetative materials. Baltimore County has a separate collection schedule for yard waste.
Yard Schedule 1
Yard Schedule 1 takes place in the following weeks:
- April 9 and April 23
- May 7 and May 21
- June 4 and June 18
- July 2, July 16 and July 30
- August 13 and August 27
- September 10 and September 24
- October 8 and October 22
- November 5 and November 19
- December 3
Yard Schedule 2
Following are the collection days for the yard schedule 2 in Baltimore County:
- April 2, April 16 and April 30
- May 14 and May 28
- June 11 and June 25
- July 9 and July 23
- August 6 and August 20
- September 3 and September 17
- October 1, October 15 and October 29
- November 12 and November 26
- December 10
Recycling in Baltimore County
Not all goods should be placed in the trash containers, instead, whatever goods can be recycled and reused should be placed inside the recycle container.
Recyclable items include dry paper products like newspapers or magazines, cardboard boxes or other things made out of cardboard, glass jars or small glass items, plastic bottles or containers, empty metal cans used for storing food or liquids etc.
Note that even if plastic bags are marked ‘recyclable’, they should not be placed in the recycling can. Instead, one should take plastic bags to the landfill or the facility. Another option is to take them to some grocery stores as many of these stores accept bags if they are clean and empty.
Goods acceptable as Bulk Waste
Items too large or heavy to fit inside the regular trash containers are included in the bulk waste. Some examples of bulk waste are air conditioners (after CFCs have been removed), refrigerators (without refrigerants), rugs and carpets, furniture like chairs, sofas and tables, heaters etc.
One thing you should know is that you don’t have to schedule a bulk pickup at your desired time. The government allows up to three bulk pickups in a year and the schedule is decided by the department itself.
Here’s the link that’ll help you know about your next bulk pickup https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/departments/public-works/solid-waste/collection-schedule.html.
Items not to place along with bulk trash
Following items should not be placed along with the bulk items.
- Household waste which is to be thrown in the trash cans
- Tires, which should be taken to the landfills
- Plastic bags
- Dirt, stones and bricks
- Industrial waste like concrete and cement
- Books, magazines and other recyclable items
- Household dangerous waste like wet paints and varnishes
- Yard waste like tree branches and grass
Household hazardous waste
Many household things we consider harmless in daily life can actually impose real harm to us, such as wet items like paints and oily products which can easily catch fire. These things require special care.
Make sure these things are present in their original containers which should be tightly closed and packed within boxes before you place them for pickup.
Other examples of household hazardous waste are toner, lead, gas cylinders, batteries and cells, glues and adhesives, shoe polish, paints, pesticides and insecticides, swimming pool chemicals, furniture polish, smoke detectors, fireworks and other explosives, mercury, acids, brake fluid, photographic chemicals, medications, fertilizers, varnishes, wood stain etc.
Drop-off locations in Baltimore County
There are a total of three drop off locations in Baltimore County, and here are the locations.
- Eastern Sanitary Landfill (ESL) Solid Waste Management Facility in White Marsh
- Central Acceptance Facility (CAF) in Cockeysville
- Western Acceptance Facility (WAF) in Halethorpe
To contact the management, consider calling at the 410-887-2000 number.