Trash and Recycling Collection Updates

Introducing Bi-Weekly Recycling Collections, Effective January 18, 2022

To bring stability to recycling collection operations, DPW will start collecting residential recycling on a bi-weekly basis. This transition to bi-weekly recycling collection is intended to bring predictability to recycling collections, as COVID-related staffing shortages have resulted in route delays in recent weeks.

 

Beginning, January 18, 2022, DPW will move to bi-weekly recycling collections

This modified recycling collection schedule will remain in effect until further notice.

Weekly trash collections will NOT be impacted by the new recycling schedule.

How Bi-Weekly Collection Works

Bi-weekly recycling collections will operate using an A and B cycle system for curbside collection services:

Northeast and Northwest (north of North Avenue) neighborhoods will be on Week A of the alternating schedule, which will start on January 18 - 21. Their following collection will be the week of February 1 - 4.

Southeast and Southwest (south of North Avenue) will be on Week B of the alternating schedule, which will start on January 25 - 28. Their following collection will be the week of February 8 – 11.

Recycling Day Stays the Same

Your recycling day will not change with these modifications. For example, if your typical recycling collection day is Thursday, it will remain on Thursday with this new schedule, and collections will occur bi-weekly.

This modified recycling collection schedule will remain in effect until further notice.

To help navigate the recycling modifications, residents can visit DPW’s new online map that shows their recycling day and whether the address is on the A or B cycle.

Weekly trash collections will NOT be impacted by the new recycling schedule.

Use Your Recycling Cart

DPW remains committed to bringing equitable recycling options to Baltimore households. DPW has delivered over 131,000 recycling carts (65-gallon) to City households. These carts have wheels for easy movement and lids to secure recycling.

To find out when your recycling cart is expected to arrive, use the Estimated Recycling Cart Delivery Date Online Tool

There is no limit on how much recycling residents can put out on their bi-weekly collections.

In addition to the City-issued recycling cart, you can 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! 

Residential Drop-Off Centers Available

As the Department transitions to the new recycling schedules, DPW encourages residents to use DPW’s five Residential Drop-Off Centers that are open Monday through Saturday:

  • Northwest Transfer Station: 5030 Reisterstown Road
  • Quarantine Road Landfill: 6100 Quarantine Road
  • Northwest Residential Drop-off Center: 2840 Sisson Street
  • Southwestern Residential Drop-off Center: 701 Reedbird Avenue

Eastern Residential Drop-off Center: 6101 Bowleys Lane

Drop-Off Center Operating hours can be found on the DPW website

Recycling Right

DPW encourages residents to “Recycle Right” by putting accepted materials in their carts and avoiding the use of plastic bags and other contaminants. It is more important than ever to ensure the recycling collected is clean and does not contain trash.  The Recycling Guide and other information can be found on DPW’s website.