Don’t dump! You can do it legally for free

Written by on October 5, 2011 in Baltimore Voices - 4 Comments

Dumping is not only unsightly—it’s unnecessary. Photo by Jacqueline Watts

The citizens of Baltimore are gearing up for another massive cleanup, to be held October 22. We will put on boots and gloves, pick up trash, pull weeds, sweep streets and sidewalks and generally make ourselves useful, and then we will have cookouts all over the city.

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 or fax to 410-732-6604.

4 Comments on "Don’t dump! You can do it legally for free"

  1. MichaelK April 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm · Reply

    Nice sentiment, but the way this operation has been run recently, yes. It is necessary. I went out twice today to , Bowlding Lane’s drop off. Both times all containers had been filled. The city obviously is not serious about running this operation but if you have cannections, can I leave my trash with you?

  2. timm chavis October 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm · Reply

    ur the reason people illigal dump dumb ass this was a legit dump on a construction lot only reason police ever react to these situations is cry baby ass reporter yuppys like u all with no life

  3. katherine bielanski October 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm · Reply


  4. katherine bielanski October 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm · Reply

    This is a bullshit story and they had no idea what happened first of all it is clearly an construction sight and that is my boyfriend….he was instructed BY CONSTRUCTION MANAGER to dump there because the dumpster was full and they had a new one coming in the morning and then the nosy ass lady above telling this story got involved where she had no business getting involved. And to cause someone legal problems without knowing the situation is complete ignorant bullshit. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!

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