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June 22, 2009

City offers yellow recycling bins


Miss out on getting one of those big yellow recycling bins from the city the last go-round?

Baltimore's Department of Public Works plans to sell them next Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute parking lot at Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane and at M&T Bank Stadium, Lot B, at Hamburg and Russell streets. 

The department says residents do NOT have to have city bins -- you can use a cardboard box, paper bag, string around paper or other bin marked as recycling. Plastic bags are no longer accepted. You can take those to most area grocery stores for recycling.

But if you want a yellow bin ahead of the switch to weekly collection in July, they are selling the 18- and 25-gallon bins and lids.

They have 10,000 of the 25-gallon ones for $12 and 5,000 of the 18-gallons ones for $5, plus 6,000 lids for $3 on a first-come, first-served basis. Cash only. No receipts or rain checks.

For recycling information, go to or The site will have information on new collection days as of July 13, or call 311.

Baltimore Sun photo of Mayor Sheila Dixon and the recycling bins/Amy Davis

Posted by Meredith Cohn at 7:00 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: News


The Citizens of Baltimore City pay enough in taxes, and they can't get a free recycle can. Also if they participate and the recycle can runs over, they get cited by the City $$$ for tardy yards. Darn if you do, and Darn if you don't.

Dixon, you are not in the Counties. Baltimore Citizens need to wake up to this foolishness.

I must agree...the whole thing with paying for our recycle bins is crazy. You're making us do this, so atleast supply the bins. Other counties do it, so why can't the city. Not to mention the fact that you have to pay extra for lids...gimme a break. Has anyone ever heard of RATS!!!!!!

Remember that you do not have to buy a city bin. You can use your own tub, a paper bag, cardboard box or twine on your paper. I use an old plastic bin I had in my basement. --MC

I don't understand the whining about having to pay for a recycle bin. You have to put out your trash in trash cans, and you have to buy them yourselves, right? The way I look at it, a recycle bin is just another trash can - essentially, you've just got two types of trash now, each in their own can.
Actually, since you should have _less_ non-recyclable trash at this point, take one of your regular trash cans that you already own and spray-paint the word RECYCLE across it - voila! A dedicated recycle bin at no additional cost to you.
And you're supposed to wash out food containers before recycling, so they shouldn't attract vermin the way regular trash does - I understand that's the reason that lids are not required.

Monique is right ... the biggest problem about "saving the city money" is that Baltimore has a TERRIBLE rat problem and picking up trash 1 day a week is only going to make the problem worse. There is simply no denying it.

Remember that you do not have to buy a city bin.

Ahhhh, yes, but the letter that city residents received announcing the first sale of these bins - it was a freezing day - over at Poly/Western led the reader to believe that we are required to use these - and only these - containers. Excuse us if we're still irked.

I think it's odd that they'd go with yellow over the traditional blue.

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