Although recycling services around Baltimore remain halted, the Department of Public Works announced this week that leaf pickup services will soon be available.
Residents can call 311 to schedule pickups of up to 20 bags of leaves on Mondays, from Oct. 26 to Jan. 4. and officials are recommending they take that route for leaf removal. Waste crews will still collect up to five bags of leaves from residences on regularly scheduled trash collection days.
Calls or online requests for special pickup must be made before 6 p.m. on Sundays to schedule collection for the following Monday.
“Citizens are encouraged to avoid sweeping leaves into the streets, alleys, gutters or storm drains. Leaves should be bagged and set out for collection,” the department said in a release.
Baltimore halted recycling pickup in August due to staffing shortages caused by the coronavirus and high temperatures, diverting the workforce to trash collection instead.