Will residential recycling pickup resume in November?

After a month of spotty and missed pickups in our part of town, the Department of Public Works on Aug. 31 suspended the collection of recycling materials in residential neighborhoods citywide, citing staff absenteeism because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It announced a plan to temporarily replace curbside collections with what DPW called “a community-friendly partnership” in which residents must haul recycling to designated community collection centers

That arrangement was projected to end on Nov. 1, but the city has been vague about resuming the pickups.  “That is the goal, but no final decision has been made,” a DPW official told The Bulletin on Oct. 13. These are the nearest operating recycling drop-off centers: 

  • DPW Property Management Facility, 1825 Edison Highway at E. North Avenue, near where E. North Avenue crosses Belair Road, in the Edison neighborhood. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
  • The permanent Sisson Street Citizen Drop-Off Center, located at 2840 Sisson Street east of I-83, Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.