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How to dispose of yard waste in Baltimore City

March is a good time to clean your garden.
March is a good time to clean your garden.
Valentina Degiorgis

With the recent wind and rainstorms that swept through Baltimore, it may seem like the spring gardening season may never come. Branches are down all over and mud is everywhere. Cleaning up the garden in March can yield piles of leaves and broken branches. But, in Baltimore City crews will pick up many types of landscaping waste if they are properly prepared.

Paper yard waste bags are great for dead leaves and other small organic materials. These are commonly available in home and garden stores and even many supermarkets. They typically come in packages of three or four and often cost less than four dollars a pack. They usually have a “fill line” printed on the bag. Take their advice and stop adding materials when they get to that line or an overstuffed bag may fall over and scatter leaves and grass all over your property before it is collected. Crews in Baltimore City also pick up yard waste if it was put in clear or labeled plastic bags.

You can gather small branches or other larger items and tie them in small bundles. However, crews will not pick up branches that are longer than three feet long and four inches in diameter. To dispose of larger items please take them to one of Baltimore City’s Citizen Drop-off Centers.

Set out the yard waste on your regular trash bag but make sure the garbage crew can easily access it. If it is behind a locked gate, too far back on your property, or near an intimidating pet they may not pick it up. Also, crews will usually take up to ten bags of yard waste but be aware that sometimes they won’t be able to take them all on the same trash day. For more information on the disposal of organic waste please see the yard waste information on the Baltimore City web site.

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