It’s a shame that this sort of massive municipal mobilization is necessary every six months, but it is.
One of the reasons that we have to have fall and spring cleanups is that people dump stuff on the streets that they could take to the dump for free.
Yes, for free. There are Citizen Drop-Off Centers all over the city, where city residents can take trash, bulk trash, recycling, and electronics for recycling.
In South Baltimore, use the Quarantine Road Sanitary Landfill, 6100 Quarantine Rd., Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. In East Baltimore, go to the Eastern Sanitation Yard, 6101 Bowleys Lane, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
You can take just about anything there except poisons and volatile chemicals. The centers take tires—they end up on the streets often—and household appliances like stoves and refrigerators.
Check it out on our website—we’ll post a link to the flyer that lists everything you can take to the dump for free.
In August, the people who gathered for National Night Out Against Crime were astounded to see a couple of young men jump out of a pickup truck not 30 feet from their cookout and dump an apartment-load of assorted junk on the ground.
The young men, when confronted by the police, protested that they weren’t doing anything wrong.
Yes, they were. And the ridiculous thing is, they were trying to avoid a fee at the dump, when there is no fee at the dump for city residents.
If the good people of Greektown had not come out for National Night Out, then the good people of Greektown would have had to pick up rakes and shovels and pick the truckload of junk up during the fall cleanup. That says something for consistent neighborhood involvement!
As it was, since the police were standing right there enjoying the company and the souvlaki at the cookout, the suspects got to reload the pickup truck before being carted away to Central Booking. The truck, which had suspended tags, was impounded.
Oct. 22 is the time to pick up after the dumpers who didn’t get caught. It’s a time to get together and sweat a little for our city.
It’s fun, actually, and it’s only one day out of your life. Do yourself a favor and sign up for your neighborhood cleanup. You can get out and meet your neighbors, do a little good in the world and work off a few calories.
Neighborhood groups, The Guide is offering a free posting of your October cleanups. Send a notice by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 410-732-6604.