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  ONE DAY TRASH,
ONE DAY RECYCLING.

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From the Bureau of Solid Waste...

We thank you for choosing to make the City of Baltimore your home. We hope you agree that your home doesn’t stop at your front door.  Baltimore is our collective home, and we share the responsibility of keeping our City clean.  Sometimes this even means cleaning up messes others leave behind.

The Bureau of Solid Waste strives to provide better customer service to you. In turn, we ask that you consider the people who deliver this service to your home. In any kind of weather, these men and women pick up the stuff don’t want.

Please be respectful of our crews and the cleanliness of your community:
  • Always place your trash in a can with a tight fitting lid. Only cans with lids keep trash contained, prevent litter and discourage rodents, stray animals and other pests.
  • Place your trash containers in the proper location the morning of your scheduled trash pick up.
  • Trash placed out the night before must be in a lidded container and please be careful to avoid blocking alleyways and sidewalks.
  • Never make your trash can heavier than 35 pounds. Our crews are strong but let’s be reasonable: heavy bags split contributing to litter on our alleys and streets.

If you experience service problems, please let us know.  Call 311 and report poor service. Include a truck number whenever possible. All City vehicles have an identification number clearly stenciled on or near the cab.

And, if you receive great service, please let us know that, too. Our crews are being asked to take on greater responsibility in effectively collecting your trash.  We hope that you will enable us to reward our crews by letting us know when we’re doing it right.




Single Stream
Curbside Recycling
YES! DO RECYCLE:
Mixed Paper
  • All colored paper such as printer paper, and school papers.
  • All types of mail including envelope plastic windows.
  • Books, both hardbound and paperback books and telephone books
  • All newsprint types.
  • Paper folders.
  • Magazines and catalogs.
  • Cardboard: corrugated boxes, mailing boxes, show boxes. Please remove plastic or Styrofoam packaging material from inside boxes.
  • Food boxes that contained a plastic bag which stored the food (cereal, cookies, crackers, etc). Please remove food, plastic liners, waxed paper or Styrofoam packaging material from inside boxes.
  • Cardboard egg containers.
  • Waxed cartons that contained a liquid such as milk, juices or soups.
  • Juice boxes. Consider using a re-usable thermos, plastic, steel or aluminum beverage container. Costs you less and reduces trash that’s landfill bound.

Metal
  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Steel food and beverage containers
  • Tin foil (clean) and aluminum pie pans

Glass
  • Rinsed bottles and jars.

Plastic Bottles and Jars (#1-7)
  • Plastic bottles and wide-mouth jars coded #1 through #7 on the bottom. Caps and lare aes .o.k. This now includes wide-mouth plastic containers used for margarine, yogurt, cottage cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream, empty prescription bottles, plastic drinking cups and narrow-neck bottles such as soda, water, soap, food liquids.

What NOT to Recycle in your Single-stream Curbside Bin:
  • To-go food containers (even if they are plastic or paper)
  • Plastic grocery bags*
  • Wire Hangers (many dry cleaners will take these back)
  • Contaminated paper products: napkins, paper towels, waxed paper, paper plates and tissue
  • Contaminated plastic products: plates, utensils, cookware, to-go cartons, yogurt and butter tubs.
  • Foil
  • Chemicals
  • Paint and paint cans
  • Cat litter
  • Window and mirror glass
  • Foam or plastic packaging
  • Styrofoam**

*Please note that many grocery stores will recycle your plastic shopping bags AND they will even accept dry cleaning and other flexible plastic bags for recycling.

**See section to the left on Recycling Styrofoam.



Recycling Styrofoam
Baltimore residents can now recycle Styrofoam—at the Northwest Sanitation Yard in Remington, 2840 Sisson Street.

Residents will be able to drop off CLEAN (please rinse) polystyrene #6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon Sat. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mon–Sat.

This includes:
- foam cups
- foam plates
- foam egg cartons
- foam protective packaging typically used to protect consumer goods and electronics.

Please...
No straws, lids, tape or stickers
No foam peanuts or insulation material
Must be brought in see-through plastic bags (FREE bags made available on site by Dart while supplies last)

Baltimore is partnering with Dart Container Corporation, a manufacturer of polystyrene food service products, to collect the materials.

Dumpster Days
One service Fells Prospect Community Association members enjoy is access to regular community designated "dumpster days" when they can bring their bulk items for disposal.

There are a few items we can't accept:
  • No household garbage or recycling – These items should be put out on your regular trash or on recycling day so that we can conserve room in the dumpsters. The last few have been filled to capacity.
  • Building Materials - Sheetrock, bricks, lumber etc. You must take these items to the dump located at 6101 Bowley's Lane off Moravia Road. They cannot be put out for regular trash pick up or bulk trash.
  • Household Appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, washers, dryers, etc. Please contact the city for bulk trash removal.
  • Tires cannot be placed in dumpster.
  • Tire Rims (take to a junk dealer).
  • Household Hazardous Items such as paint, chemicals etc. (see below for how to dispose of them)
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days are Back!
Monthly collection events will start April at the Northwest Citizen Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street, and will be held the last Friday and Saturday of every month from April through November (exact dates and times are below).

These events provide an opportunity for Baltimore City residents ONLY to dispose of hazardous household materials such as:
  • oil-based paints
  • pesticides
  • herbicides
  • car and household batteries
  • drain cleaners
  • gasoline
  • pool chemicals
  • and many other items.

Note: Latex paint is NOT hazardous waste; it can be dried up and the cans put out for regular trash collection.

Businesses and private haulers must contract with a certified vendor to dispose of hazardous waste.

Residents must show proof of city residency, e.g. a driver's license, telephone bill or tax bill, before they can drop off any hazardous items. Residents must also be able to identify the material.

Materials that will not be collected as household hazardous waste include trash, asbestos, ammunition, fire extinguishers, industrial and medical wastes, and radioactive materials, including smoke alarms with a radioactive symbol.

Dates and times:
  • April 27 & 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • May 25 & 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • June 29 & 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • July 27 & 28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • August 24 & 25 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • September 28 & 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 26 & 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • November 23 & 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.