Trash & Recycling


Household Trash

Garbage is collected on Wednesday morning each week. Garbage should be in city issued cans (NOT plastic bags) and set out no earlier than the night before pick-up. Your trash cans belong to your street address. If you need a replacement trash can, call 311.

If a holiday falls on the scheduled day, the following Saturday will be a make-up day. Landlords: It is your responsibility to ensure tenant compliance!

Curbside Recycling

Recycling is collected on Friday morning each week. Baltimore has a single stream, curbside recycling program. Bolton Hill is in Zone 4.

Plastic containers, glass jars and bottles, tin, steel, and aluminum cans, and mixed paper, magazines, junk mail and cardboard are all collected together. Residents may mix all of these together in one open container, recycling bin, cardboard box or paper bag. Do NOT use plastic bags for these items. All recycling items should be placed at the site of garbage pick-up by 7 a.m. If a holiday falls on the scheduled day, the following Saturday will be a make-up day. For more information and a list of allowed materials click here

Bulk Trash

Baltimore Department of Public Works picks up bulk trash once per month. You can place up to three items out for collection. Bulk items are furniture, appliances and up to four tires with the rims removed, (click here for complete overview). To request this service, you must call 311 at least three business days before the pickup date. Building and construction materials CANNOT be disposed of as bulk trash.

Midtown also provides bulk trash pickup. Every year, Midtown Baltimore allows each property within the district to have one full truck load of bulk trash removed. This can be redeemed all at once or broken into smaller pickups totaling one truck load throughout the year. For a list of permitted items and to request this service through Midtown, click here.

In the case of illegal dumping or failure by the city to respond to your arranged pick up, call 311 and report it!

Drop Off Recycling

When you have an abundance of glass, paper, and plastic recyclables or miss the pick-up day, you may take them to one of various neighborhood transfer stations. You may also drop off unwanted electronics, used motor oil, and unwanted appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, and air conditioners. The location closest to Bolton Hill is at 2840 Sisson Street (410-396-6070) and is open Monday through Saturday.

Complaints & Violations

Residents should attempt to work together with neighbors to ensure clean streets, walks and alleys. When necessary, you should report trash violations, such as those listed here, to city inspectors putting out trash other than on Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning; putting out recycling other than on Thursday evening/Friday morning; leaving trash cans in the alleys after pick-up; using plastic bags for trash rather than lidded cans; dumping; rats; graffiti; etc. Complaints can be phoned in to 311 or you can request the service online You can also request service by entering your information into the 311 smartphone app, which is available from either the Google Play or Apple Store.

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