Trash and Recycling Changes August 2021

Trash Truck

We’ve known for some time now that changes are coming to our Trash services. We’ve updated our Trash and Recycling Guide for 2021 to reflect these changes that will begin on August 2, 2021. Enclosed you will find information regarding our added 5th zone, yard waste and schedule changes.

City Staff will continue to service Trash and Recycling to our residents.  Actions to pursue a contract with GFL Environmental were paused in June.  On Monday, August 2, 2021 there will be a change to the trash and recycling schedule. Notably, there are three major changes:   

1.  New Zones – To our long-time residents, the City has collected trash in a four zone Monday through Thursday schedule. With the addition of a fifth zone, some residents will continue to remain on their scheduled day, while others will move to a new collection day. Residents in the Zones 1 and 2 for example, will see no change on their collection days. Residents that live in the existing Zones 3 and 4 will be affected. The table below is a summary with the map. A detailed map is located here:

New  Zone

Pick Up

Collection Areas



Downtown Area - Edmund, Law, Rogers, Market, Custis, etc.



Examples:  Baltimore St, Mt Royal Ave, Baker St, Hillman Ct, Paradise Rd, Graceford Dr, Plater St, Alton Homes, Woodland Greens Neighborhoods, Chapel Glen Area, and Northeast Rd



Aberdeen Hills (North), Barnette Lane, Maxa Woods, Ramsgate Area



All Deen areas, Rock Glen neighborhoods, Barkess and Farm Road, Windemere Subdivisions, and Hillcrest Area.  



Swan Meadows and East Side – Examples:  Aberdeen Ave, Darlington Ave, S Post Rd, Polk St, Winston’s Choice, Church Green, E Bel Air Ave.  

2.  Yard Waste There will be no yard waste collection in August and September. The next collection date for the entire City will be Saturday October 16, 2021.  Additional collection dates are Saturday, November 20, 2021 and Saturday, December 18 2021.  Residents may bring their yard waste to Harford County Mulch and Compositing Facility at 3241 Scarboro Rd, Street, MD 21154 at at no charge. Residents should contact (410) 698-3018 for additional information if one of these collection dates does not meet your needs.

3.  Bulk Waste There is no change to bulk policy for an annual “free” pick up. Residents are required to contact the Bulk waste line at (410) 297-4259 for scheduled pick up.  You must call and be scheduled, otherwise the items will not be picked up. Scheduled dates will now vary.