Trash Collection

The Department of Public Works (DPW) collects up to five bags (per week) of yard waste from residences that receive DPW trash collection services.   In most cases, trash collection occurs at the rear access point of each residence.  It is expected that all trash be placed in either metal cans, or approved plastic cans, with tight-fitting lids.

Trash collection occurs on Wednesday of each week.  Should a holiday fall on the scheduled collection day, pick-up will be rescheduled to the following Saturday.   

Please note... 

Trash receptacles may not be placed in any alleyway collection zone before 6pm of the previous day, and trash receptacles must be removed from the alleyway collection zone by 7am of the following day.  

BE ADVISED... This is a Code Enforcement mandate, and citations may be issued for non-compliance.



Recycling helps to protect the environment by reducing trash, preventing pollution, decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases which affect our climate, and reduces the number of items that are dumped into our landfills or would need to be incinerated. 

Follow these easy steps for recycling:

1.  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! 

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

3.  Place your container at the same  pick-up location as your regular trash collection .  

Recycling collection occurs on Friday of each week.  Should a holiday fall on the scheduled collection day, pick-up will be rescheduled to the following Saturday.  


If you do not have a recycling bin but would like to purchase one, please call the Recycling Office at 

410-396-4511, for information on the City's quality bins at a low price. 

Bulk Trash

Bulk trash items are usually described as larger items that cannot be picked up by normal trash collection service.  These items include furniture, appliances, single-component building material such as doors or windows (ONLY), and up to four tires with the rims removed.

The following will NOT be collected: 

Construction materials such as sheet rock, siding, wood pieces, flooring, or roofing.  Auto parts are also NOT collected through this service.

How To Get Bulk Items Collected

For LRIA residents, every third Friday of each month, citizens can place up to three items out for collection.   All citizens have to do is call 311 and relate the following information:
1. Your address
2. Your telephone #
3. A description of the three items rendered for pickup


Where and how should it be placed?

All items must be clearly marked "bulk collection", and placed at the same location as regular trash pickup.  Residents with a rear pickup should leave items at the end of the yard and leave the gate unlocked.

Call 311 to get started with bulk trash pick-up, 

 or use:

(Baltimore's 311 Online Customer Service Request system)


Bulk trash may also be conveyed to any of one of several Citizen Drop-Off Centers in Baltimore City.  The following site is open to the public, and is closest in proximity to the Loch Raven neighborhood:


Eastern Citizens Convenience Center

6101 Bowleys Lane, 410-396-9950

Mon - Sat, 9am - 5pm


Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is an inexcusable crime that pollutes our land and violates the rights of others. This unhealthy and unsightly crime promotes the deterioration of neighborhoods and attracts criminal activity.

Areas used for illegal dumping may be easily accessible to people, especially children, who are vulnerable to sharp objects, hazardous chemicals, and many other health and safety hazards.

Illegal dumping is everybody's problem.  Whether we pay directly or indirectly -- we all pay!  Make the clean and healthy choice by pitching in to keep the community clean.

Pitching in to keep our community clean means getting involved -- not standing by, but standing up!

If you observe illegal dumping in progress, gather as much information as possible and CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!

Facts about illegal dumping:

  • Poses Health Risks—provides ideal breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and rodents.
  • Lowers property values—property values are lower in areas that have litter and dumping problems.
  • Discourages investment—potential homeowners are less likely to invest in these areas.
  • Attracts criminal activity—criminals tend to migrate in the areas that appear to be unkempt.
  • Encourages additional dumping—most illegal dumpers and litterers prefer to dump in areas that already have dumped items.
  • Costly to taxpayers—dumping costs the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
  • Contaminates waterways and drinking water.

Graffiti Removal

Graffiti, while arguably being considered an artform, is considered vandalism and defacement of property, which is a punishable crime.

Even though there are many variations of graffiti, most noteworthy in today's society is that which is used as gang symbols to mark territory or to serve as indicators for gang-related activity.

Call 311 to report incidents of, and/or for the removal of graffiti,
or use:

(Baltimore's 311 Online Customer Service Request system)

Rat Rubout

Rats and other rodents, whether dead or alive, spread disease.  They contaminate our food with urine and droppings; start fires by gnawing on electric wires; and destroy keepsakes and valuable possessions by gnawing.

How to identify a rodent problem
Rodents are generally most active at night.  They leave telltale signs, including
• Rub and gnaw marks;
• Burrows and tracks; and
• Droppings.

How to get rid of rats
Rats are like people.  They need a place to live and food to eat.  If you remove their shelter and food, rats CAN be eliminated. Here's how...

Remove their sources of food!

  • Place bird food in a feeder, not on the ground.
  • Clean up spillage daily!
  • Use metal trash cans or approved plastic with tight-fitting lids.
  • Keep trash cans covered!
  • Clean up fallen fruits and nuts from the ground.
  • Remove pet food dishes and leftovers promptly after feeding.
  • Clean up animal waste immediately!

Eliminate places for them to shelter!

  • A dilapidated shed or automobile is an invitation to rats. Repair or remove them!
  • Rats can jump up to three feet and climb wires and pipe very well. Be sure to seal any openings to the house, even above ground level. This includes the garage, openings in the foundations, and the basement floor drain. Keep doors and windows screened with half-inch mesh hardware cloth.
  • Store lumber, firewood or other materials well off the ground.
  • Repair any breaks in the sewer line that connects your home with the main sewer system.

Call 311 to report incidents of rat or rodent issues,

or use:" rel="noopener" target="_blank">( Baltimore's 311 Online Customer Service Request system )