Recycling to resume as planned Jan. 19 in Baltimore City
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Recycling will resume in Baltimore City on a weekly basis, as planned, on Jan. 19.
Recycling was suspended at the end of August to allow crews to focus solely on trash collection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the city resumes collection, routes may take longer to complete during the first week due to expected large amounts of material. Residents are asked to bring as much as they can themselves to recycling centers to help with the initial collection. The Community Collection Centers will be open through Feb. 27 and on a modified schedule two days per week: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“DPW has taken the operational and personnel steps needed to support the full scale weekly resumption of citywide recycling services,” Mayor Brandon Scott said. “To help fill the ranks of essential workers in the Department of Solid Waste, DPW has partnered with small waste hauling companies and city-based organizations that operate job training programs to help connect hard to employ returning residents with opportunities.”
Currently, there are 220 curbside employees. DPW says it takes 201 people to run the curbside operations.
The city has begun using a new digital system called RUBICONSmartCity routing software, which digitizes trash and collection routes, allowing collection crews to cover routes more effectively, city officials said.
“This technology provides our drivers with turn-by-turn information. The new technology is especially beneficial to new drivers servicing unfamiliar neighborhoods and has already proven beneficial to drivers who have driven some of these unfamiliar routes,” said Acting DPW Director Matthew Garbark.
Recycling can be set out for collection in any type of container, excluding plastic bags. Reusable collection bags for use inside the home will be available at Community Collection Centers through Saturday.
Collection days will be the same as they were before the suspension. Residents can call 311 to check their recycling day or visit DPW’s online Recycling Day Map. Recycling will no longer be collected on trash collection day.
Know what to throw in the recycling container: Residents can get tips on what is and is not accepted for curbside recycling by going to DPW’s Recycling Right online tool.
This story will be updated.