Category Archives: City Services

DPW Investigating Severed Sewer Main in Clipper Mill

Investigation by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) found failing sanitary sewer pipes that had been constructed within a 5-foot diameter storm drain tunnel in the Clipper Mill area. Problems discovered late last week include a severed main sewer pipe, other disconnections and leaks, and debris within the storm system.

More than 10,000 gallons of sewage is estimated to have discharged to the Jones Falls since the discovery of the failing system. DPW engineers and maintenance workers are seeking immediate, short-term actions to abate the problem, including repairing and re-aligning the severed sewer main, cleaning the storm drain, and working with the property owner to repair portions of the private sewer system.

Long-term actions will include determining how to get the sanitary sewer line out of the storm drain.

The public is reminded to avoid contact with urban waterways due to the risk of pollution. For information about health concerns as a result of sewer overflows please go to

New bike lanes and repaving coming to 41st St

At a recent presentation by the Dept of Transportation we learn the following that will be occurring in the next 6-9 months:

41st from Druid Park Drive to the bridge will be repaved.

Our request(s) for Stop Signs at the bridge and at Parkdale/Druid Park Drive has been declined. This route is considered and arterial roadway.

The lanes across the bridge will become one lane East and one lane West. The current lanes next to the curb/sidewalks will become dedicated bike lanes. The bike lanes will be enhanced with raised, rumble strips to discourage vehicle traffic.

The roadbed from the bridge to the 41st light at DPD will be marked as a 2-way turn lane, hopefully easing turns into Channel 45, Sisson Auto and Girard Ave.

Although much community input from Woodberry, Channel 45 and Medfield voiced concern for pedestrian safety when attempting to cross 41st Street, the DOT representative indicated the recent traffic study found there was not enough pedestrian activity to warrant crosswalks or safety measures. We will continue to raise this issue as The Union Collective and the Pepsi campus projects advance.

Got trash? Baltimore’s Solid Waste Drop-off centers have extended hours!

Three Solid Waste Drop-Off Centers Begin
Extended Summer Hours

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore City Department of Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., announced today that extended summer hours at three of the City’s Citizen Drop-Off Centers will begin on Tuesday, May 26. Baltimore residents can bring residential waste, bulk trash, recycling and eCycling to the Bureau of Solid Waste Centers located around the city, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. These hours will remain in effect through Saturday, September 5, 2015.

Extended summer hours will be in effect at:

Western Sanitation Yard at 701 Reedbird Avenue
Eastern Sanitation Yard at 6101 Bowleys Lane
Northwest Sanitation Yard at 2840 Sisson Street

Other drop-off locations retain their regular hours:

The Quarantine Road Landfill at 6100 Quarantine Road is open for citizen drop-off Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Northwest Transfer Station, 5030 Reisterstown Road is also open for citizen drop-off Monday – Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Everything you ever wanted to know about recycling

Which of the following things can be recycled?

  1. Empty aerosol cans
  2. Used pizza boxes
  3. Plastic bags and dry cleaning bags
  4. Waxed juice cartons

If you answered 1 and 4, you’re a recycling genius!  For the rest of us, (and even the recycling geniuses), we might need to read the latest Re News from the Bureau of Solid Waste.  Find out what can and can’t be recycled, and more!  See below for the link.

Remember, don’t put your recycling out in plastic bags.  They clog the machines that sort the paper from the plastic.  Take your plastic bags to the grocery store instead.



Household Hazardous Waste days coming up!

Friday, July 5 & Saturday, July 6, 9:00am – 7:00pm
Northwest Citizens Convenience Center, 2840 Sisson Street.  See below for more dates.

This event provides an opportunity for Baltimore City residents (ONLY) to dispose of hazardous household materials such as oil-based paints, pesticides, herbicides, car and household batteries, drain cleaners, gasoline, pool chemicals, and many other items. Latex paint is NOT hazardous waste; it can be dried and the cans put out for regular trash collection.

Residents must show proof of city residency, such as a driver’s license, telephone bill or tax bill, before they can drop off any hazardous items. Residents must also be able to identify the material. Items that will not be collected include asbestos, ammunition, fire extinguishers, industrial and medical wastes, and radioactive materials, including smoke alarms with a radioactive symbol.

Businesses and private haulers must contract with a certified vendor to dispose of hazardous waste.

These hazardous materials drop-offs at the Northwest Citizens Convenience Center will continue on the first Friday and Saturday of every month through October.

August 2 & 3 from 9:00am to 7:00pm
September 6 & 7 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
October 4 & 5 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
For more information about hazardous waste collection in Baltimore City, visit