TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Wednesday announced that yard waste collection will resume and residential Drop-Off Centers will reopen.
“We know these services are important to our residents, and we feel confident that we can safely resume them with appropriate social distancing measures in place,” Olszewski said. “I’m grateful to our trash haulers for their service, and I’m grateful to our residents for their patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate this unprecedented crisis.”
Beginning on Thursday, April 23, Baltimore County’s residential Drop-off Centers will reopen to the public. These locations include:
- Eastern Sanitary Landfill—6259 Days Cove Road, 21162
- Central Acceptance Facility—201 West Warren Road, 21030
- Western Acceptance Facility—3310 Transway Road, 21227
Residents will be required to adhere to all social distancing guidelines and required to wear masks onsite. These requirements will be strictly enforced.
Additionally, beginning on Wednesday, April 22, yard waste materials will be collected from Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their schedule. These separate yard material collections will occur through as late as December 2020.
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. Schedules are also available on the County’s BaltCoGo app, for use on mobile phones.
The amount of garbage being collected from residents has increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, during the week ending April 18, trash haulers collected nearly 23 percent more tons of trash than the same week in 2019. County Executive Olszewski approved hazard pay of $75 dollars per week for workers collecting trash in the County during the pandemic.
While residents may set out an unlimited number of bags of yard materials, the collector may not collect all of the bags on the same day. Collectors must make trash collection their first priority, and must take into account all of the residents on their route. Residents are asked to leave their yard materials out until collection occurs.
Yard materials acceptable for collection include grass, leaves, vines, twigs, shrubbery trimmings, and branches and limbs.
Residents are reminded to use lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans. Bags of yard materials set out for collection must not exceed 30 pounds. Also, branches and limbs will be collected only if they are no larger than three inches in diameter, no longer than three feet, and tied in bundles not exceeding 30 pounds.