Only private haulers picking up bagged leaves in Baltimore Co.

November 24, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Budget restraints have claimed Baltimore County's annual collection of bagged leaves: The trucks used for bulk trash pickups and fall leaf collections have been sold, and the sanitation department has 30 fewer workers.

However, Charles K. Weiss, the county's sanitation chief, said private trash haulers will collect bagged leaves, and collections also will be conducted through pilot curbside recycling programs. Private haulers, who collect all the county's residential trash, also handle bulk trash pickups for a $10 fee.

It is illegal for county residents to sweep their leaves into the streets. The county has five street sweeper machines, which sweep up leaves and other debris found on public streets, said Mr. Weiss. However, the county's manpower shortage is so acute that the machines have no regular schedule and aren't used all the time. Vanessa Pyatt, spokeswoman for Baltimore's Public Works Department, said the city has 24 vacuum-equipped dump trucks patrolling neighborhoods with heavy accumulations of leaves.

County recycling coordinator Charles M. Reighart said bagged leaves and other yard waste is collected from 6,200 of the 282,000 homes in the pilot recycling program. The leaves are recycled into compost.

County residents also may take their leaves to the recycling center in the 10300 block of York Road in Cockeysville, the Western Acceptance Facility on Transway Road off the 4500 block of Hollins Ferry Road in Lansdowne or the Eastern Sanitary Landfill on Allender Road off U.S. 40 in White Marsh.

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