Help Keep our Neighborhood Clean!
The MVBA has been a leader in sanitation education and enforcement in Baltimore, distributing hundreds of trash/recycling bulletins each year to neighborhood residents and working closely with the city's Office of Sanitation Enforcement to assure that illegal dumping is cited. In the past four years, the MVBA has cleared more than three dozen chronic dumping sites, some of which have been problematic for decades.
RECYCLING can be placed outside for pickup on TUESDAYS between 4:30-6:30 PM ONLY
HOUSEHOLD TRASH can be placed outside for pickup on FRIDAYS between 4:30-6:30 PM ONLY
If your building has a dumpster or covered trash containers, you may use these at any time.
Trash and recycling should be placed in the rear of the building unless the rear is inaccessible.
All rental buildings are required to have trashcans for tenants. If your building is lacking trashcans, request them from your landlord immediately and/or report the lack of trashcans as a housing code violation by calling 311 or using 311 online. This can be done anonymously.
Please do not deposit household trash in public wastebaskets.
The city does not collect trash on major holidays. Good Friday is one of the days when we do not have trash collection and the Fourth of July frequently falls on one of our collection days as well. Please be alert about holidays falling on Tuesdays and Fridays and keep trash stored until the next regular collection day.
Set out all mixed paper and bottles and cans every Tuesday from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Recycling materials should be set in the same location as you normally place your household trash (Fridays). Recycling is no longer placed in front of your property, unless this is your normal trash pick-up location.
* Metal (Aluminum, tin, and steel food and beverage containers)
* Plastic (Bottles and jars marked 1 – 7 on the bottom)
* Glass (Bottles and jars)
* Mixed Paper (All colors, mail, books, newsprint, folders, magazines, cardboard, cereal boxes, office & school paper)
ONLY the items above are acceptable!
Do not put items such as window glass, used food containers, waxed boxes, or aluminum foil into your recycling container.
Do not use plastic bags for your recyclables.
Plastic bags are no longer acceptable.
There are 3 options:
1) Purchase and use a recycling bin
2) Use a container of choice that is clearly marked “recycling”
3) Use a cardboard box
Thank you for keeping Mount Vernon Clean and Green!
If a building generates more than four 20-gallon bags of trash per collection day, it is not entitled to city collection and must contract with a private company for that building's sanitation needs. If you know a multi-unit building lacking trash cans or having too much trash to receive city services, please report this through the city's 311 system. This can be done anonymously.
Hours of Collection
According to city ordinance, trash may not be collected between the hours of 11 PM and 7 AM from a residential area (a residence within 100 feet of the dumpster or collection area). If this occurs, call 311, contact the company responsible or the MVBA Sanitation Chair to report this problem.
Placement of Dumpsters and Trash cans
Dumpsters and trash cans are not permitted to be stored on public sidewalks at any time. Many of our multi-unit buildings have internal trash rooms to accommodate their trash storage between collection days.
Bulk Trash Pick-up
The city will pick-up up to three large items every month. All pick up requests need to be scheduled by calling 311 or filling out the form on line at 311 Online.
Using 311 for Sanitation Problems
- Call 311 to report illegal trash dumping
- Call 311 to request rat abatement in an alley
- Call 311 to report trash or recycling not collected on schedule
- Call 311 to schedule collection of all bulk items (furniture, appliances, etc.).
- Call 311 to request alley cleaning by the city
Go to https://baltimore.customerservicerequest.org to use the city's 311 online system.