Recycling Services

When you recycle, it helps to protect Baltimore City's environment and our region by reducing trash, preventing pollution, decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases which affect our climate, and reduces the number of items that are dumped into our landfills or would need to be incinerated.

To learn more about how Baltimore City recycles or view the latest recycling news, please review answers to Frequently Asked Questions or view our monthly Recycling Newsletters

For additional information on how your business or school can join our recycling program, tour a recycling facility, get past issues of the recycling newsletter or any other recycling information, please email us [email protected] or call our recycling office (410) 396-4511.

Recycling in Baltimore City is as Easy as...1, 2, 3!

Use any container you want: paper bags, cardboard boxes, old laundry baskets – you can even use a trash can (just mark it “recycling”). There is only one rule: Do not place recycling in plastic bags! 

If you do not have a recycling bin but would like to purchase one, Just click Recycling Bin Sales for information on the City's quality bins at a low price.

Fill your container with any of the approved recycling materials: paper, cans, cardboard bottles, etc. 

Recycling Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Put out all of recycling that you want curbside or take it to one of the City's Citizen Drop Off Centers; there is no limit!

If your collection day falls on a holiday, please hold your recycling items until the makeup collection day which will most often be the following Saturday.
Unsure of your recycling day? Visit the City's City View Website to find out.

How do I recycle certain items?

Items like hard plastics, scrap metal, household hazardous waste, electronics, and styrofoam can be recycled in Baltimore City, just not with your other curbside recycling. They must be taken to one of our Citizen Drop Off Centers. Other items like leaves can only be recycled curbside at certain times of the year.

Baltimore City Residents must show proof of city residency, e.g. a driver's license, telephone bill or tax bill, before they can drop off any item at the drop off center.

Please Click on the Tabs Below to Learn More

  • Aerosol Cans (empty)
  • Aluminum: cans, beverage and food containers, foil (clean), and pie pans
  • Books: hardbound, paperback and text books
  • Bottles: narrow-neck bottles used for food liquids, soap, soda or water - (lightly clean if heavily soiled)
  • Cardboard and paperboard boxes corrugated boxes, egg containers, food boxes (including cereal boxes and pizza boxes), frozen food packaging, mailing boxes and show boxes
  • Cartons (waxed): used for a liquid such as juices, milk or soups
  • Glass containers such as bottles and jars (brown, clear or green - please lightly rinse)
  • Juice Boxes (clean)
  • Mail: envelopes with plastic windows
  • Metal: beverage and food containers
  • Paper (all colors and types): catalogs, folders, junk mail, magazines, mixed paper, newsprint (all types), non-metallic wrapping paper, office papers, printer paper, school papers and shredded paper
  • Plastic:
    • bottles and jars (narrow neck and screw top – lightly clean if heavily soiled) -e.g., detergent/bleach bottles, juice bottles, milk jugs, soda bottles, water bottles;
    • wide-mouthed containers (lightly clean if heavily soiled) -e.g., cottage cheese, margarine, mayonnaise, sour cream and yogurt (you can leave the caps and labels on);
    • drinking cups and prescription bottles, including lids and caps.
  • Steel: beverage containers and food
  • Tin: cans and foil

  • Carry out or deli food containers
  • Cat litter
  • Cookware and plates (plastic)
  • Containers of toxic substances (e.g., bottles, cans of motor oil, pesticides, etc.)
  • Contaminated paper products (e.g., napkins, paper towels, waxed paper, paper plates and tissue)
  • Contaminated plastic products (e.g., plates, utensils, cookware, to-go cartons)
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Food Waste
  • Glass (window and mirror)
  • Plastic bags including grocery and newspaper covers
  • Utensils (plastic)
  • Waxed paper

Baltimore City residents may recycle their household hazardous waste at our Northwest Citizen Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street.  This facility only accepts resident’s hazardous waste between April and October.  Businesses and commercial users are not permitted to drop their household hazardous waste at this facility and should contact a private vendor for disposal. Commercial vehicles are also not allowed at this facility. 

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous waste is anything that can typically be found on a grocery or home improvement store shelf such as bleach, ammonia, batteries, paint, etc. The access to these materials is relatively easy, but disposing of them incorrectly can be hazardous to us and the environment.  Household hazardous waste material must be handled, stored, and recycled according to specific guidelines and regulations.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule for 2017:

Baltimore City residents may recycle their household hazardous waste at our Northwest Citizen Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street between the months of April and October.  See schedule below. 

Businesses and commercial users are not permitted to drop their household hazardous waste at this facility and should contact a private vendor for disposal. Commercial vehicles are also not allowed at this facility. 

For more information about recycling hazardous materials, please view the Maryland Department of the Environment's fact sheet.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule for 2017:

April 7th and 8th (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)   August 4thand 5th (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
May 5th and 6th (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) September 1st and 2nd (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
June 2nd and 3rd (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) October 6th and 7th (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
July 7th, and 8th (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)  

All Materials must be in original packaging with manufacturer's label.  No unmarked or leaking containers will be accepted.

  Accepted Hazardous Materials

  Hazardous Materials Not Accepted

  • Automotive Fluids (e.g. antifreeze, transmission and power brake fluid)
  • Batteries
  • Glycols (e.g. Antifreeze)
  • Household Cleaning Products
  • Fungicides/Herbicides
  • Insecticides/Pesticides
  • Oil Paint
  • Paint Thinners
  • Pool Cleaners
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Rust Removers
  • Solvents
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Thermometers
  • Turpentine (Varnishes & Stains)
  • Florescent Light Bulbs
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Asbestos
  • Ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Acids (e.g. Sulfuric Acid)
  • Industrial Wastes
  • Medical Wastes
  • Radioactive Materials

                                                                       

 

Are there other ways to dispose of compact florescent light bulbs (CFL)?

We strongly urge residents to recycle CFLs at our Northwest Citizen Convenience Center when it's accepting household hazardous waste.  However some Ikea locations and HomeDepot stores also offer a “Free Take Back” program.  Please check with retailers for program details.

For more CFL information, please refer to MDE's CFL fact sheet.

How do I dispose of non-accepted materials?

If you have hazardous waste that cannot be disposed of at our Northwest Citizen Convenience Center, please review the Recycling Directory maintained by Maryland Recycles for private companies who may be able to assist; noting some charge a fee for their services.

Baltimore City offers electronic recycling, commonly referred to as eCycling, to Baltimore City residents. These items cannot be set out curbside and must be taken to one the City's Citizen Drop Off Centers, locations 1 - 5 only. The item should be placed in the container marked electronics.

Acceptable eCycle Materials

Cell Phones
Keyboards
Scanners
CD Players / CD-ROMs / Radios
Laptop Computers
Servers
Computer Monitors/CRTs & Flat Panels
Mainframes
Stereos
Controllers
Computer Mice
Switch Boxes
Copy Machines
Microwaves
Tape Players
Desktop Computers
Modems
Televisions / Flat Screens / CRTs
Docking Stations
Network Hubs
Telephones
Fax Machines
Peripherals
VCRs
Gaming Consoles
Power & Network Cables
White Goods (e.g. Stoves, Refrigerators, Washers, Dryers, Air Conditioners
Hard Drives
Printers
 
Ink and Toner Cartridges
Printed Circuit Boards

 

Foam Polystyrene, commonly referred to as “Styrofoam” a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, is a recyclable product that is used in foam cups, foam plates and egg cartons, as well as foam protective packaging typically used to protect consumer goods and electronics. Foam Polystyrene is easily identifiable as these products are marked with a “6” encased in a recycling symbol.

Baltimore City partnered with the Dart Container Corporation, a leading manufacturer of polystyrene foam foodservice products, to bring Styrofoam Recycling to Baltimore. Styrofoam products cannot be put out with your curbside recyclables and can ONLY be recycled at the Citizens Convenience Center at Sisson Street.

PLEASE NOTE: Foam peanuts or insulation material is not accepted under Baltimore City's styrofoam program.  Please visit  www.epspackaging.org to find a location where you can recycle those items.

Where Can I Recycle Styrofoam in Baltimore City?

Styrofoam products can ONLY be recycled at the Northwest Citizen’s Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street. It will not be taken at curbside with your other recycling.

Regular drop-off hours at the Northwest Citizen’s Convenience Center are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Before Recycling Styrofoam Make Sure You:

  • Bring it in a see-through plastic bags (FREE bags made available on site by Dart while supplies last)
  • Rinse cups/containers.
  • Check for the #6 symbol on it.
  • Remove straws, lids, tap or stickers

Rigid plastics include milk/soda crates, buckets, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, totes, plastic drums, coolers, flower pots, water bottles, pallets, pet carriers, shelving, closet organizers, and empty garbage/recycling bins. 

These items cannot be set out curbside and must be taken to one of the City's Citizen Drop Off Centers, locations 1 - 5 only. The item should be placed in the container marked rigid plastics;.

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works will be collecting curbside yard waste until January 4, 2017.  Please follow the instuctions below for our yard waste collection and remember to not put your bagged yard waste in the gutter or public right-of-way.

  • Place your yard waste in the same location as your other trash on your  scheduled trash collection day.
  • Place yard waste in plastic bags (preferably clear or labeled bags), paper bags or bundle it.
  • DPW will only collect up to 5 bags/bundles of yard waste from your residence each week.
    • From October 17, 2016 to January 4, 2017, you can call 311 before 6 p.m. Sunday for special pickup the following Monday for up to 20 bags. Multiple appointments can be made during the collection period.
    • Appointments can be made for up to two months in advance.
  • Tree branches larger than 4 inches in diameter or longer than 3 feet will not be collected.
  • You can also take your yard waste to any of our Citizen Drop-Off Centers.