Trash and Recycling Collection Update

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Mayor Brandon M. Scott has announced that the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) is ready to restart residential recycling collections on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Recycling collections will resume on a weekly basis, and DPW will begin to scale down the operation of the Community Collection Centers in each of the 14 City Council Districts.

“DPW has taken innovative and critical operational and personnel steps needed to support the full-scale, weekly resumption of citywide recycling services on Tuesday, January 19, 2021,” said Mayor Scott.

Nearly six months ago, DPW suspended curbside recycling service on August 31, 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19 was having on the Department’s Bureau of Solid Waste workforce. To continue to provide City residents with recycling opportunities, DPW opened recycling Collection Centers in each of the City’s 14 Council Districts.

Community Collection Centers to Reduce Operation Hours

Starting Wednesday, January 20, Community Collection Centers will begin to operate on a modified schedule, opening only two days a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Effective March 1, all of the Community Collection Centers will be discontinued. Please refrain from leaving recycling items at these locations when they are closed, as this will be considered illegal dumping.

  • District 1: DPW Maritime Operations Facility, 3311 Eastbourne Avenue
    • In front of building on Eastbourne Ave
  • District 2: DPW Eastside Sanitation Yard, 6101 Bowleys Lane and NEW LOCATION: Furley Elementary School, 5000 Truesdale Ave.
    • Parking lot in front of the school
  • District 3: Hamilton Elementary School, 6101 Old Harford Road
    • Back parking lot accessible via Christopher Ave or Sylvan Ave
  • District 4: Chinquapin Middle School, 900 Woodbourne Avenue
    • Front of school on 5500 block of Midwood Ave
  • District 5: Former Police Academy, 3500 W. Northern Parkway
    • Back parking lot accessible via Manhattan Avenue
  • District 6: Greenspring Middle School, 4701 Greenspring Avenue
    • Lower parking lot in front of the school
  • District 7: NEW LOCATION: Gwynns Falls Elementary at 2700 Gwynns Falls Pkwy
    • Parking lot in front of school
  • District 8: Westside Skills Center, 4501 Edmondson Avenue
    • Parking lot accessible via Athol Ave
  • District 9: DPW Meter Shop location moved to Steuart Hill Academic Academy, 30 S. Gilmor Street
    • Parking lot behind school, accessible via W. Lombard Street
  • District 10: DPW Southwest Sanitation Yard, 701 Reedbird Avenue
  • District 11: Digital Harbor High School, 1100 Covington Street
    • Parking lot next to the school, accessible via Covington Street
  • District 12: Dunbar High School, 601 N. Central Avenue
    • Back parking lot accessible via Central Ave near Orleans
  • District 13: DPW Property Management Facility, 1825 Edison Highway
    • Parking lot in the rear of the building
  • District 14: Mergenthaler (“Mervo”) High School, 3500 Hillen Road
    • Back parking lot accessible via 3500 block of Tivoly Ave

New Citizens’ Convenience Center Hours

Beginning on Tuesday, January 19, the five permanent Citizens’ Convenience Centers will close at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. This will affect the hours of operation for two of the Community Collection Centers listed above and include DPW’s Citizens’ Convenience Drop-Off Centers located on Reedbird Avenue and Bowleys Lane. These locations are accepting trash and recycling and will be open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, residents can dispose of trash and recycling at the following Citizens’ Convenience Drop-Off Centers:

  • Sisson Street Citizen Drop-Off Center, located at 2840 Sisson Street, Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Northwest Transfer Station, located at 5030 Reisterstown Road, Monday - Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Quarantine Road Landfill, located at 6100 Quarantine Road. Monday, Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Note: Box trucks that have collected neighborhood recycling will be allowed to use the Sisson Street Drop-Off location at 2840 Sisson Street. Walk-ins with recycling are welcome!


Get Ready to Recycle

As DPW’s recycling services prepare to restart, DPW reminds residents:

  • Recycling days and locations will not change. Residents can call 311 to check their recycling day or visit DPW’s online Recycling Day Map.
  • Routes may take longer due to the large volumes of material that may be collected as recycling services restart. Please be patient if your recycling pick-up is delayed. Residents can call 311 for updates on delayed routes/ neighborhoods.
  • Recycling will no longer be collected on trash collection day.
  • Recycling can be set out for collection in any type container – just no plastic bags!  Reusable collection bags for use inside the home will be available at Community Collection Centers through Jan. 16.

Know What to Throw in Your Recycling Container

Know what to throw in the recycling container. Residents can get tips on what is and is not accepted in curbside recycling by visiting DPW’s Recycling Right web-based tool: https://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/recycle-right


Know What to Throw When Visiting a DPW Recycling Collection Center

When visiting a Recycling Collection Center, please make sure that you are recycling right. Plastic bags filled with recycling should not be placed in the containers at the Collection Center locations.


Sepa que arrojar cuando visite un centro de recolección de reciclaje de DPW


If you have a question about what to bring to a Recycling Collection Center, please visit DPW’s Recycle Right web page. This easy-to-use online tool takes the guesswork out of recycling.