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Baltimore County separate yard materials collection ending for 2021

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Department Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) officials this week announced that the separate collection of yard materials for Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their collection schedules will halt in December, and will resume in April 2022.

The date of the last 2021 “Y” day varies among County collection schedules. Residents must refer to their particular schedule for details (the final “Y” day will occur within the first two weeks of December).

Please note that after the last “Y” day occurs on a particular schedule, yard materials can be placed out with trash on a scheduled trash collection day.

Residents with no “Y” days on their schedule should continue to place yard materials out with trash on scheduled trash collection days.

Residents may view their trash and recycling collection schedule on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website. Collection schedules can also be obtained by calling 410-887-2000, or by downloading the free BaltCoGo mobile app.

Baltimore County residents are also reminded that raking or blowing leaves into the gutter or street is illegal.

Paper Bags Required for All Separate Yard Material Pick-ups Beginning in 2022

Earlier this year, Baltimore County announced that beginning April 1, 2022, the County will require all separate yard material collection set-outs to be placed in paper bags.

Plastic bags will no longer be accepted for yard materials, unless the material is set out as trash on a scheduled trash collection day.

This new rule will allow the County to turn more of the yard waste collected into compost, and will allow for a higher quality of compost material.

Free Paper Bags Available

To assist with this transition, Baltimore County is providing residents with paper yard material bags at no cost. Paper bags are available for pick-up at all County trash and recycling drop-off centers, all Baltimore County Public Library branches, and all County senior centers.

Paper bags are limited to five per person and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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