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Recycling and Hazardous Waste

Recycling day in Abell is every other Thursday - see our community calendar for dates. Put out recycling after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, by 6 a.m. Thursday. Retrieve bins promptly after pick-up.


The Baltimore City DPW offers the following tips for recycling:


Use any container you want: paper bags, cardboard boxes, old laundry baskets – you can even use a trash can (just mark it “recycling”). There is only one rule: Do not place recycling in plastic bags! 

If you do not have a recycling bin but would like to purchase one, just click Recycling Bin Sales for information on the City's quality bins at a low price.

Fill your container with any of the approved recycling materials: paper, cans, cardboard bottles, etc. 


Recycling Guide

Put out all of the recycling that you want in the alley, or take it to one of the City's Citizen Drop Off Centers; there is no limit!

If your collection day falls on a holiday, please hold your recycling items until the makeup collection day which will normally be the following Saturday. 


How do I recycle certain items?


Items like hard plastics, scrap metal, household hazardous waste, electronics, and styrofoam can be recycled in Baltimore City, just not with your other curbside recycling. They must be taken to one of our Citizen Drop Off Centers. Other items like leaves can only be recycled curbside at certain times of the year.


Baltimore City Residents must show proof of city residency, e.g. a driver's license, telephone bill or tax bill, before they can drop off any item at the drop off center.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Baltimore City residents may recycle their household hazardous waste at the Northwest Citizen Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street between the months of April and October. See schedule in graphic below.


Businesses and commercial users are not permitted to drop their household hazardous waste at this facility and should contact a private vendor for disposal. Commercial vehicles are also not allowed at this facility.


For more information about recycling hazardous materials, please view the Maryland Department of the Environment's fact sheet.


All Materials must be in original packaging with manufacturer's label. No unmarked or leaking containers will be accepted.

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Accepted Hazardous Materials

  • Automotive Fluids (e.g. antifreeze, transmission and power brake fluid)

  • Batteries

  • Glycols (e.g. Antifreeze)

  • Household Cleaning Products

  • Fungicides/Herbicides

  • Insecticides/Pesticides

  • Oil Paint

  • Paint Thinners

  • Pool Cleaners

  • Pool Chemicals

  • Propane Tanks

  • Rust Removers

  • Solvents

  • Fire Extinguishers

  • Thermometers

  • Turpentine (Varnishes & Stains)

  • Florescent Light Bulbs

Hazardous Materials Not Accepted

  • Photographic Chemicals

  • Gasoline

  • Kerosene

  • Asbestos

  • Ammunition

  • Explosives

  • Acids (e.g. Sulfuric Acid)

  • Industrial Wastes

  • Medical Wastes

  • Radioactive Materials

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