Once a year, the Greater Parkville Community Council (GPCC) coordinates with the Baltimore County Department of Public Works (BCDPW) & Baltimore County Solid Waste Management (BCSWM) to collect cast-off and broken appliances, lawn mowers, household items, and recyclable materials. Today, at Parkville High School, 2600 Putty Hill Ave., eight dumpsters awaited the community residents who had cleared out basements, back yards, and sheds to contribute to the recycling efforts of Baltimore County.
Ruth Baisden, president of GPCC explained that there was a line of cars starting at 7 a.m. and it didn’t take long to fill most of the containers. By 10 a.m., many volunteers were resting and waiting for the county trucks to pick up the collected contributions. Most residents got there early because once the containers are filled, there is no more allowed. The BCSWM set the standards and GPCC followed through with their methods.
What is not recycled is put into the dump / landfill but volunteers were vigilant about making sure everything that could be recycled was put into the proper dumpster. Below is the description of what was and was not allowed.
Acceptable Waste: General household rubbish such as small appliances, furniture, bicycles, yard refuse, including items made of wood, plastic, glass, metal, etc. The discarded items must be of a size that can easily be put into a dumpster. Lawn mowers must be drained of gasoline and oil before placing in dumpster.
Unacceptable Waste: Refrigerators, air conditioners computers, tires, propane tanks, flammable chemicals, hazardous materials, liquids (such as paints, cleaning products, pesticides, antifreeze, motor oil, etc.), asbestos shingles, batteries, animal carcasses, and wood greater than 8 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length.
The Clean-Up Day happens once a year on the Saturday after Baltimore County Schools close for the summer. GBCC will hold it again so if you missed it this year, get a jump on the next date and start setting things aside. It’s much better to reuse and recycle than to irresponsibly send everything to the landfill. Roadside pickups from ‘litter-bugs’ were also accepted as long as they fit the criteria established by BCSWM. Ruth Baisden said, ‘’ We feel this event is a positive approach to maintaining a quality community and helps to keep our neighborhood an attractive, desirable, place to live.’’
The GPCC held its annual summer membership drive during the event. Membership dues are $10.00 for new members & renewals and $7.00 for seniors, age 65 and over. Contact Ruth to join. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and supports GPCC community newsletters and projects. If you have questions or wish to verify if your GPCC membership is current call Ruth at 410.668.2580.
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