Environmental Committee: Current Events

Clothing & Textiles Collection Truck
April 29th, 2017
WTES parking lot

Accepting fabric or textiles in any condition (brand-new or old-and-threadbare) including clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories (purses, jewelry, scarves), and stuffed animals.

Baltimore County’s Single Stream Recycling:  Where does Everything go?

Rachida N. White and Meghan Schatz,
Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management

Oregon Ridge Nature Center

You have always wondered if your recyclables were really recycled, right? Now is your chance to find out from the professionals. Together, Rachida White and Meghan Schatz will tell listeners everything that is important to know about the diverse aspects of the Bureau of Solid Waste Management, starting from trash and recycling collection at the curbside and ending at our recycling center located in Cockeysville. Included are a 10-minute video describing how a land ll is prepared and a 6-minute video that shows the process of sorting recyclables at the recycling sorting facility.

Rashida White, a graphic design graduate of Towson University, has been a Public Information Specialist for Baltimore County’s Bureau of Solid Waste Management (BSWM) for 4 years. Her primary focus is on educating and promoting recycling among Baltimore County residents.

Meghan Schatz, who earned a degree in Communication and Cinema at McDaniel College, has been an Intern for the BSWM’s Recycling Division for 2 years. Meghan also conducts tours of the County Recycling Facility. She is the lead organizer of the Bureau monthly e-newsletter, the REsource. She also created a 10-minute informational video about the Eastern Sanitary Land ll in White Marsh.


Get your group and join one of our FOUR sites for cleaning Towson Run
on APRIL 8 in the morning!

Sponsored by West Towson Neighborhood Assn Greening Committee
with partners BlueWaterBaltimore and GreenTowsonAlliance

Contact WestTowsonGreeningCommittee@gmail.com to sign up!
“The places we love cannot save themselves.” Ned Tillman

Sign up for a CSA this summer! 
Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to eat local
and support your community.

One Straw Farm: As the warm weather has made everyone start thinking of Spring, it is time to sign up for the CSA for the 2017 season. Our early season discount is only available until the end of the day on Saturday, March 4th.  The recent warm weather has gotten us looking toward spring and we are eagerly working toward the CSA season. The next couple of weeks will see us getting seeds started in our greenhouses and preparing our fields for another great year in production. We are very excited about this coming season and cannot wait to see you at a market or pickup site in a couple short months from now!

csa@onestrawfarm.com or www.onestrawfarm.com

School & at-home upcycling drop-off event
Drop off your sorted upcylcing to 510 W Joppa Rd. by Jan 10
We’ll collect again at the end of the year. Save your items  or drop them off at MOM’s.

Fall 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Sunday, November 6, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Western Acceptance Facility
3310 Transway Road
Halethorpe, Maryland 21227

Spring 2017 Event
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Eastern Sanitary Landfill
6259 Days Cove Road
White Marsh, Maryland 21162

Single-stream Recycling Facility tour
Tuesday, November 1 @ 10 a.m.
Sign up Genius (minimum 10, maximum 30)
Adults only, please carpool


Environmental Committee member Julie Trumbauer (left) and chairwoman Monica Leigh (right) at the Recycling center tour at the Central Acceptance Facility in Cockeysville

recycling6WTES Environmental Committee members and WTES parents visited the Single Stream Recycling Center at the Central Acceptance Facility in Cockeysville to get a first hand look at Recycling and Waste Management for Baltimore County.

Did you know that the Towson 21204 zip code only has a 23% recycle rate (that means, only 23% of solid waste is recycled).  The goal is to have 50% a recycle rate.

Baltimore County Public Works estimates that the landfill at Cockeysville will be full in another 38 years following current waste disposal trends. If more materials can be recycled, this can extend the landfill’s usability.

Visit this site to learn more: http://baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/publicworks/recycling/index.html

Sign up to receive Baltimore County’s  The REsource monthly e-newsletter, in addition to other occasional Bureau updates.


MOM’s Organic Market Electronics Recycling Event
Annual Recycling Drive: Oct. 7-16, 2016

The West Towson Greening Committee and Southland Hills Association,
in partnership with Bluewater Baltimore:
Plant 46 BIG TREES in West Towson
October 17
This is a fun community service activity for individuals, groups of friends, and for families.
More info & registration:

Native plants and trees are the perfect addition to any garden.
The Herring Run Nursery is opens in April-June, weekends 10 am to 3 pm.

Advantages of native plants:

  • add beauty to the landscape while requiring little water and maintenance
  • provide food and habitat for native wildlife
  • produce long root systems to hold soil in place which protects water quality and helps control soil erosion

For more information about native plants see: http://www.nps.gov/plants/restore/pubs/intronatplant/whyusenatives.htm

composter sale

Annual Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale

Baltimore County is once again pleased to host its annual truckload compost bin and rain barrel sale on:Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
THE AVENUE at White Marsh,
8115 Honeygo Blvd.
The sale will be held in the parking lot behind AC Moore.Sunday, April 26, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
11005 Owings Mills Blvd.
The sale will be held in the parking lot in front of Mustang Stadium.Compost bins will sell for $35 and rain barrels are $50 (tax included). These are the lowest prices available in Maryland this year. This is a rain or shine, first come, first served event – while supplies last!Cash, checks, or credit cards (Visa, MC, Discover) are accepted. Bin (two pieces) fits in all cars; barrel (one piece) fits in most cars.There is no limit to the number of bins/barrels an individual can purchase and you do not need to be a Baltimore County resident to purchase.
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