Welcome to the Baltimore City Solid Waste Recycling Home Page!

The Office of Recycling strives to integrate the mission and vision of the Department of Public Works by providing high quality services with outstanding customer service to residents, schools, and businesses in Baltimore City. By establishing comprehensive but attainable goals, the Office of Recycling along with the, citizens of Baltimore, will continue to save resources, energy, and landfill space while reducing pollution and trash tonnage.

Join us in the Drive to 35: Baltimore’s Race to Reach a 35% Recycling rate. We need the help of every resident to help reach the state mandated 35% recycling rate! 

Drive to 35


  • In 2011, we collected 26,000 tons of recyclable materials. That’s 52,000,000 pounds of material diverted from your landfills.
  • On the other hand, last year we collected 147,000 tons of TRASH – that’s a lot of garbage – and we can reduce that amount dramatically!
  • In 2010, Baltimore City recycled 27% of its waste. Our goal is to increase that to 35% in the next year. WE NEED YOU! Please continue your efforts and encourage your family, friends, neighbors, and local businesses to participate in the City’s recycling program, and help BaltiMORE RecycleMORE!

Recycling is As Easy As … 1, 2, 3.

  1. Use any container you want: paper bags, cardboard boxes, old laundry baskets – you can even use trash cans (just mark it “recycling”). The only rule? Do not place recycling in plastic bags.
  2. Fill Your Container With Recyclables : Paper, Cans, Cardboard, and Bottles
  3. Put out all that you can – there is no limit to the amount of recycling you can put out.

Quick Tips

When is my Recycle day?
You can find your Recycle and Trash days by following the link below and entering your address. Please Click: 

Why Is Recycling Important?

Recycling helps sustain our environment, reduces and saves energy. It prevents pollution, decreases emissions of greenhouse gases which affect our climate, reduces the need for landfills and incineration, preserves natural resources, and even helps the economy by protecting and increasing the number of manufacturing jobs. 

Where can I drop-off recycling not picked up at curbside?

You are able to take items that are not picked up at your curbside like hard plastics, scrap metal, electronics, Styrofoam, and household hazardous waste materials to our citizen drop-off centers. 

View a complete list of our Drop-Off Centers

View the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Information.