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Baltimore County seeks input on trash, recycling services

NOTTINGHAM, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski this week announced that Baltimore County had released new surveys seeking input from residents and businesses on the County’s trash and recycling services, as the County develops its Tactical Five-Year Plan for solid waste and recycling services.

The surveys released today ask for residents to share their opinions on and experiences with Baltimore County’s trash and recycling services in order to shape the County’s efforts to improve services. The surveys take about 10 minutes to complete and will be open until February 7, 2021.

Results of the survey will inform the County’s solid waste management plan and will be shared at the Solid Waste Work Group meeting on February 18, 2021. Details about the survey can be found at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/wastesurvey.

“Baltimore County residents deserve high quality services and a connected government that works collaboratively with them to improve services,” Olszewski said. “As we plan for a cleaner and more sustainable future in Baltimore County, our residents deserve to be included in the process of developing a plan to improve our solid waste services. I look forward to working with them and our solid waste work group to continue building a cleaner, greener Baltimore County.”

Olszewski formed the solid waste work group in October 2020 to examine the County’s current solid waste collection and disposal policies and practices, and make recommendations for improving operations and reducing the amount of trash being produced in Baltimore County. The work group will submit a report to the County Executive by March 2021.

Baltimore County’s current solid waste collection system operates according to regulations, practices and policies that date as far back as 1949. In the last five years, the County’s landfill input increased from 304 tons per day to 1,840 tons per day.

The County is conducting this survey in coordination with the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority (NMWDA). More information can be found at the Baltimore County Solid Waste Work Group website.

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