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We Rolled Them Out! Recycle Carts Distributed!

Yes, 170,000 recycling carts have been distributed to Baltimore City households! The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) is currently working on filling requests for smaller size carts or delivering carts to locations that were missed in the initial distribution. Residents who need to request a cart or a smaller size cart can call 311.

When using your recycling cart, please remember to:

  •  Place clean and empty recyclables in the cart.
  •  Leave recyclables loose in the cart. Do not bag items.
  •  Empty and flatten cardboard boxes.

Please avoid placing plastic bags, clothing, tanglers (cables & cords), electronics & batteries in the recycling carts.


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DPW has launched its “Feet on the Street” campaign to educate residents about what can and cannot go into the recycling carts.

If you see a tag on your blue recycling cart, something inside has caused contamination! Plastic bags are the number-one source of recycling contamination.

Sign Up for the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup/Day of Service

Spring Clean Up Flyer

The Mayor’s Spring Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Organizations can call 311 to register their cleaning activities and request that the City pick up the garbage bags they have collected. All organizations must register prior to requesting pick up. 

Residents can also volunteer online or visit  Facebook for the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup. The Mayor will be traveling to different neighborhoods to participate in cleaning activities. You can join him by signing up online: https://mayor.baltimorecity.gov/sign-form-day-service. This is a great opportunity to help keep Baltimore clean and beautiful!



How to Recycle Electronics

Many common electronics can be recycled, reused, refurbished, or donated. These can include phones, computers, televisions, speakers and more.

Donating or recycling electronic devices will help conserve resources and natural materials.

Diversion is key! For your smartphones, computers, or laptops, consider upgrading the hardware or software instead of buying a brand-new product.

Maryland legislation requires Certified Electronic Device (CED) distributors to provide free take-back programs that will recycle electronic devices for free. Check out the current list of manufacturers registered to sell products in Maryland and have a takeback program for their products. Additionally, some companies have independent recycling programs:

DPW offers electronic recycling at Residential Drop-Off Centers. A variety of electronics are accepted such as gaming consoles, copy machines, docking stations etc.. Please note these electronic items are NOT to be set out for curbside collection!

Not sure if your item is recyclable? Visit DPW’s Recycle Right Tool. This easy-to-use tool helps to take the guesswork out of recycling. Just type in or click on the name of the item that you are looking for and information will be provided on proper disposal.

Visit DPW’s Recycling Services page for more information and FAQs!


Food Waste Prevention Awareness Week

DPW celebrated Food Waste Awareness Week, April 4-9. For tips on how to reduce your food waste, check out the Food Matters website. The website has tips on food planning, storage, and reduction tips. In Baltimore, approximately 25% of residential waste generated is food waste. Thank you for doing your part to reduce food waste.

Good Friday: DPW Offices Closed

Good Friday, April 15, 2021, is a City holiday.  DPW offices and sanitation yards will be CLOSED. There will be no trash or recycling collections on Good Friday. Trash and recycling collections, normally scheduled for Friday, April 15, will be collected on the make-up day, Saturday, April 16.