Restarting Residential Recycling

Weekly recycling collections are operating on normal schedules. If weather conditions or staffing operations impact these collections, DPW will notify residents. 

Restart of Weekly Recycling Collections
DPW successfully resumed residential recycling collections on January 19, following a nearly six-month suspension of services due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Bureau of Solid Waste operations.

“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.

Community Collection Centers Are Now Closed
Based on the successful restart of weekly recycling collections, DPW announced February 12 that the Department will discontinue the operation of the Community Collection Centers located in each of the City’s 14 Council Districts. The last day for residents to drop off recycling at a Community Collection Center was Saturday, February 13.

Residents are reminded not to leave recycling at any of these now closed Community Collection Centers. Items left at these locations will be considered illegal dumping.
The Community Collection Centers began operation on August 31, 2020, to provide residents with recycling opportunities during the suspension of recycling services. From September 2020 to January 2021, residents dropped off nearly 3,220 tons of recycling at the Community Collections Centers located throughout the City.

Updated 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. These locations are accepting trash and recycling and will be open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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.
  • Southwestern Citizens’ Convenience Center, 701 Reedbird Avenue, Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Eastern Citizens’ Convenience Center, 6101 Bowleys Lane, Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Visit the map viewer page to find a location near you.

Get Ready to Recycle

DPW reminds residents that:

  • Recycling days and locations will not change. Residents can call 311 to check their recycling day or visit DPW’s online Recycling Day Map.
  • 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!  Residents may call the Recycling Office at (410) 396-4511 to request a sticker be mailed to them to label any container as a recycling bin.

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:

Infographic.  For text representation, visit
Please don't place plastic bags in your recycling containers or use plastic bags to hold recycling.

Infographic.  For text representation, visit
If you have a question about what to place in your recycling container, please visit DPW’s Recycle Right web page. This easy-to-use online tool takes the guesswork out of recycling.