When you recycle, it helps to protect Baltimore City's environment and our region by reducing trash, preventing pollution, decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases which affect our climate, and reduces the number of items that are dumped into our landfills or would need to be incinerated.
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!
If you do not have a recycling bin but would like to purchase one, Just click Recycling Bin Sales for information on the City's quality bins at a low price.
Fill your container with any of the approved recycling materials: paper, cans, cardboard bottles, etc.
Put out all of recycling that you want curbside or take it to one of the City's Citizen Drop Off Centers; there is no limit!
If your collection day falls on a holiday, please hold your recycling items until the makeup collection day which will most often be the following Saturday.
Unsure of your recycling day? Visit the City's City View Website to find out.
How do I recycle certain items?
Items like hard plastics, scrap metal, household hazardous waste, and electronics can be recycled in Baltimore City, just not with your other curbside recycling. They must be taken to one of our Citizen Drop Off Centers. Other items like leaves can only be recycled curbside at certain times of the year.
Baltimore City Residents must show proof of city residency, e.g. a driver's license, telephone bill or tax bill, before they can drop off any item at the drop off center.
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