Baltimore County is reopening its waste drop-off centers to the public beginning Thursday as garbage collections have increased significantly during the coronavirus pandemic.
Olszewski has said the pandemic is driving an increase in trash from residents who are staying at home. During the week ending April 18, for instance, trash haulers collected nearly 23% more trash, by weight, than the same week in 2019, according to the county.
The locations for Baltimore County’s residential drop-off centers include the Eastern Sanitary Landfill at 6259 Days Cove Road, the Central Acceptance Facility at 201 West Warren Road, and the Western Acceptance Facility at 3310 Transway Road.
Residents will be required to adhere to all social distancing guidelines, which includes wearing masks onsite, according to a county news release. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said in a released statement that he’s “confident" the county can safely resume drop-off services with the appropriate social distancing measures in place.
“I’m grateful to our trash haulers for their service, and I’m grateful to our residents for their patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate this unprecedented crisis," Olszewski said.
Beginning Wednesday, yard waste materials will also be collected from Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their schedule, according to the county. Collection schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000.
Residents must use lawn and leaf bags, rather than trash cans, to set out their yard materials. Bags cannot weigh more than 30 pounds, and yard materials acceptable for collection include grass, leaves, vines, twigs, shrubbery trimmings, and branches and limbs.
Additionally, branches and limbs will be collected only if they are no larger than 3 inches in diameter, no longer than 3 feet, and tied in bundles weighing no more than 30 pounds. The Baltimore County Department of Public Works is also encouraging residents to recycle grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing, or to practice home composting instead.
Residents are asked to leave their yard materials out until collection occurs. Waste collectors may not pick up all of the bags on the same day because their first priority is to remove trash for every resident on their route, according to the county.