Effective 1 April 2017 The City will no longer pick up yard waste in plastic bags. This change is being made by Harford County, where yard recycling is taken to. County authorities advise this change is due to two primary reasons: plastic bags are adversely affecting and breaking the shredders at the recycling center and a county-wide effort to become more environmentally friendly. They have advised users to place yard waste in paper bags, cardboard boxes, or in small bundles. Effective 1 April, the City refuse team will not pick up yard waste items left in plastic bags. For more information, please call us at (410) 272-1600.