Recycling Policies for Baltimore City & Surrounding Counties

Here are the recycling policies for Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties.

By Amy Mulvihill - April 2014

Recycling Policies for Baltimore City & Surrounding Counties

Here are the recycling policies for Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties.

By Amy Mulvihill - April 2014

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This information is correct as of February 2014, but is subject to change at any time. We recommend visiting each area’s recycling website for the latest information and contacting a representative for further questions.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

www.aacounty.org/DPW/WasteManagement/

PAPER: milk & juice cartons/boxes; cardboard; boxes (cereal, cracker, frozen food, shoe, pizza, etc.); books (hard- and soft-cover); sheets of paper; newspaper & inserts; junk mail; magazines & catalogs; file folders; envelopes

METAL: aluminum foil & pans;aluminum cans; tin/steel cans; empty aerosol cans; wire hangers

PLASTIC: plastic bags & shrink wrap (secure in plastic bag); plastic cups, plates, utensils; plastic buckets;storage totes; plastic flower pots; plastic hangers & furniture; trashcans & old recycling containers; plastic toys, pools & playsets;bottles, jars, jugs, tubs & trays.

GLASS: bottles, jars, and almost all glass containers of any color

NOT ACCEPTED: Ammunition, asbestos, ashes, auto parts, building & construction material, compressed gas tanks, dead animals, drum containers, explosives/firearms, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, liquids (including paint), medical waste, poisons, acids, sawdust, tires, wood & lumber.

ELECTRONICS (excluding TV/computer monitors): At any recycling center

BALTIMORE CITY

publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/Recycling.aspx

Recyclable Materials Accepted at Curbside Pick-up :

  • Aerosol Cans (empty)
  • Aluminum: cans, beverage and food containers, foil (clean), and pie pans
  • Books: hardbound, paperback and textbooks
  • Bottles: narrow-neck bottles used for food liquids, soap, soda or water— (lightly clean if heavily soiled)
  • Cardboard and paperboard boxes corrugated boxes, egg containers, food boxes (including cereal boxes), frozen food packaging, mailing boxes, and oversized boxes
  • Cartons (waxed): used for a liquid such as juices, milk or soups
  • Glass containers such as bottles and jars (please rinse)
  • Juice Boxes (clean)
  • Mail: envelopes with plastic windows
  • Metal: beverage and food containers
  • Paper (all colors and types): catalogs, folders, junk mail, magazines, mixed paper, newsprint (all types), non-metallic wrapping paper, office papers, printer paper, school papers and shredded paper
  • Plastic: bottles and jars with symbols #1 through #7 (narrow neck and screw top—lightly clean if heavily soiled) -e.g., detergent/bleach bottles, juice bottles, milk jugs, soda bottles, water bottles. Containers with symbols #1 through #7 (wide-mouthed—lightly clean if heavily soiled) -e.g., cottage cheese, margarine, mayonnaise, sour cream and yogurt (caps and labels o.k.). Drinking cups and prescription bottles, including lids and caps.
  • Steel: beverage containers and food (scrap metal is not accepted for curbside Recycle Pick-up, but may be recycled at our
  • Tin: cans and foil

Unacceptable Recycling Material:

  • Carry out or deli food containers
  • Cat litter
  • Chemicals
  • Cookware and plates (plastic)
  • Containers of toxic substances -e.g., bottles, cans motor oil, pesticides, etc.
  • Contaminated paper products -e.g., napkins, paper towels, waxed paper, paper plates and tissue
  • Contaminated plastic products -e.g., plates, utensils, cookware, to-go cartons
  • Dry-cleaning bags
  • Food Waste
  • Furniture of any kind
  • Glass (window and mirror)
  • Paint and paint cans
  • Plastic bags including grocery and newspaper covers
  • Utensils (plastic)
  • Waxed paper
  • Styrofoam

ELECTRONICS (excluding TVs and monitors): At Citizen Drop-Off Centers

BALTIMORE COUNTY

www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/publicworks/rec...

PAPER & CARDBOARD: newspapers, magazines, phone books, catalogs, books, writing & computer paper, mail, paperboard (cereal, frozen food, shoeboxes), cardboard (flattened), milk cartons, juice boxes.

NOT ALLOWED: paper/cardboard covered by wax, plastic, or food; facial tissues, napkins, paper towels, foil gift-wrap.

METAL & GLASS: aluminum & steel food and beverage cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil, aluminum pie pans, glass bottles, jars.

NOT ALLOWED: propane cylinders, pots & pans, scrap metal, dishes & cookware, ceramics, drinking glasses, light bulbs, mirrors, crystal.

PLASTIC: narrow-neck plastic bottles & jugs, wide-mouth plastic containers (e.g. butter, cottage cheese, peanut butter, yogurt containers), rigid plastics (e.g. buckets, drinking cups, flower pots, kiddie pools, toys, etc.)

NOT ALLOWED: plastic bags, Styrofoam, “clam shells” (salad containers, packaging for toys & batteries), CD jewel cases, motor oil containers, VHS tapes.

ELECTRONICS (excluding TVs and monitors): @ Drop-off facilities

CARROLL COUNTY

ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/recycle/

ACCEPTED: glass jars & bottles, aluminum/tin/steel cans & containers, foil, cereal and other paperboard boxes, cardboard, aseptic and gable top containers, books, plastic bags (bagged together), plastic bottles #1-7, magazines and catalogs, newspapers, office paper, junk mail, plastic tubs, wide-mouth containers, paper bags

NOT ACCEPTED: Styrofoam, electronics, ceramics/dishes, food waste, motor oil containers, household hazardous waste, light bulbs, window glass, mirrors, clamshell containers, batteries.

HARFORD COUNTY

www.harfordcountymd.gov/dpw/envaffairs/

PAPER: newspapers, magazines, phone books, greeting cards, paper bags, gift wrap, catalogs, books, writing & computer paper, mail, paperboard (cereal, frozen food, shoeboxes), corrugated cardboard, milk cartons, juice boxes.

NOT ALLOWED: paper towels/tissues, used paper plates/cups, foil giftwrap, waxed/laminated paper, food-contaminated boxes, pizza boxes.

PLASTIC: narrow-neck plastic bottles & jugs (e.g. milk, water, detergent, salad dressing, cooking oil, shampoo, liquid oil, spray products, etc.), wide-mouth plastic containers (e.g. butter, cottage cheese, peanut butter, yogurt containers), rigid plastics (e.g. buckets, drinking cups, flower pots, kiddie pools, toys, lawn furniture, plastic coolers, trash cans, laundry baskets, etc.)

NOT ALLOWED: polystyrene (Styrofoam) inserts & packing peanuts, cutlery (forks, knives, spoons), bags or sheeting, CD jewel cases, motor oil bottles, pesticide or solvent bottles, VHS tapes, plastic electronics (alarm clocks, coffee maker, etc.) piping, vinyl siding.

METAL & GLASS: aluminum & steel food and beverage cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil, aluminum pie pans, glass bottles, jars.

NOT ALLOWED: propane cylinders, pots & pans, scrap metal, dishes & cookware, ceramics, drinking glasses, light bulbs, mirrors, crystal, metal lawn chairs, window glass.

HOWARD COUNTY

www.howardcountymd.gov/recycling.htm

PAPER: drink boxes, milk cartons, newspaper and inserts, paper, food/snack boxes, books, cards, non-foil gift wrap, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, phone books, bagged shredded paper, three-ring binders, cardboard (flattened to less than 4’ x 6’)

NOT ALLOWED: paper towels, tissues, napkins, soiled plates, foil gift wrap, ice cream containers, wax paper, laminated paper, non-tear papers

PLASTIC bottles, tubs, jars, trays, disposable cups and plates, flower pots, toys, buckets, bundled plastic bags

NOT ALLOWED: Styrofoam (take to Alpha Ridge), plastic clam shells, jewel cases, CDs or DVDs, motor oil or pesticide bottles, VHS tapes, plastic electronics, juice pouches, crinkly wrappers from snacks and chips, , beach or lawn chairs

CANS: aluminum/steel cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil, pie and cake pans

NOT ALLOWED: propane cylinders, pots and pans, scrap metal

GLASS: bottles, jars

NOT ALLOWED: window glass, drinking glasses, mirrors, ceramics, crystal, cookware, light bulbs


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