Recycle Right this Holiday

DPW Press Release

Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., reminds everyone that when you recycle holiday paper and packaging, you contribute to a sustainable and cleaner environment.

Remember to recycle properly this Holiday season! Below are a few tips.  Be sure to check out DPW’s new Recycle Right web tool if you are confused about recycling specific items!

Please DO recycle curbside:

- Wrapping paper that scrunches when you handle it

- Cardboard packaging and boxes

- Holiday cards and envelopes

- Bottles and jars – plastic and glass

- Steel and aluminum cans

Please DO NOT recycle:

- Foil-based wrapping material like bows, ribbons and tissue paper  

- Christmas tree ornaments  

- Cookware and plates

- Contaminated paper products: paper towels and plates, waxed paper, and tissues 

- Contaminated plastic products: plates, utensils, cookware, carry-out cartons

- Plastic bags of any kind

- Bubble wrap

- Styrofoam packaging

- Plastic shipping envelopes or paper envelopes with bubble wrap lining

Electronics (eCycling), including holiday lights, can be dropped-off at any one of the five Citizens' Convenience Center locations.  

Christmas Trees can be mulched at the Northwest Citizens’ Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street, January 4 through February 1.

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Labor Day Holiday Notice

Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Acting Director Matthew W. Garbark reminds citizens that Labor Day, Monday, September 7, is a City holiday. DPW offices and yards will be CLOSED.  

Recycling Community Collection Centers will not be open on Labor Day.

DPW Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days are Friday - Saturday, Sept. 4 and 5

Baltimore City Department of Public Works Acting Director Matthew W. Garbark today reminds citizens that the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off event for September will occur on Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5.  The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on both days, September 4 and 5 at the Northwest Citizens' Convenience Center, located at 2840 Sisson Street. 

Residents who come to Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off events are asked to wear a face covering and to stay inside their vehicles. 


Jennifer Combs
Kurt Kocher
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