Trash, Recycling & Exterior Maintenance

Through its “One Plus One” program, Baltimore City picks up residential garbage once per week and residential recycling once per week.

Trash Collection

Here are some of the key things you need to know about trash pick-up:

  • Each household is limited to 96 gallons of trash per week (three 32 gallon cans).
  • All trash must be put into trash bags and all bags must be put IN the cans.
  • All cans must have tight-fitting lids on them at all times.
  • Trash should be put out no earlier than 8 p.m. the night before pick up.
  • Cans must be brought back in after being emptied on trash day.

Move-Out Trash Pick-Up

From the beginning of May until the first week of June each year, the office of the Student/Community Liaison offers assistance in hauling away move-out related trash. The program is currently limited to juniors and seniors who live outside of university housing and in a house or building that does not offer private trash hauling services.

Dates for 2018 move-out trash pick-up are May 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 30, 31 and June 1.

Items we can acceptItems we cannot accept
Bagged or boxed trashTires
FurnitureLarge appliances (refrigerators, stoves, freezers, etc.)
BeddingChemicals, paints, explosives
Small appliances (vacuum cleaners, microwaves, toasters, TV’s, etc.)

All items picked up will be disposed of in a landfill. If you have items you wish to recycle, please visit JHU Facilities and Real Estate.

If you have items that we cannot haul away, please call 311 to schedule a pick-up or to find out more information on proper disposal. Baltimore city offers bulk trash pick-up once a month for free, however, a pick up must be scheduled well in advance.

Scheduling a Pick-Up

In order to participate, students must:

  • Fill out the form below with the requested information.
  • On the morning of the confirmed date, students must place the items out in the designated area of their property (where you normally put your trash for city pick-up).
  • All loose items must be boxed or bagged.
  • That’s it! On the afternoon of the scheduled pick up date, the Student/Community Liaison will come by with a professional hauling crew to remove all items set out for disposal. There is no fee for this service and multiple dates may be selected if need be.
Move-Out Trash Pick-Up

Recycling Collection

Here are some key things you need to know about recycling:

  • Baltimore has single-stream recycling—no need to sort or separate.
  • Recycling may be set out in any type of container (except plastic bags) marked “recycle”.
  • Recycling should be put out no earlier than 8 p.m. the night before and no later than 6 a.m. the morning of your recycling date.
  • There is no limit to the amount of recycling you can put out.
  • Recycling containers should be brought back in after being emptied on recycle day.

Allowing your trash cans to overflow, setting out cans without tight fitting lids, or setting out trash in plastic bags instead of in cans are just some of the violations you can be fined for by the city of Baltimore and possibly disciplined by the university. It is not just a matter of aesthetics. All of these rules are enforced in order to help keep the rat population down in the city.

To find out when your trash collection days are and where you need to put your cans for pick up, please call 311 or visit the Baltimore City Department of Public Works website. To find out more about city ordinances and fines, please review the Baltimore City Charter and Codes.

Exterior Maintenance

Even as a renter, you are responsible for the upkeep of the exterior of your house. Unless you have made specific arrangements with your landlord, by law you must:

  • Keep your grass mowed and weeds trimmed to under 8 inches in height.
  • Keep your property free of debris.
  • Keep walkways, driveways, and alleyways clear of debris, snow, and ice.
  • No upholstered furniture allowed on your porch or in your yard.

Equipment Rental

The Student/Community Liaison has lawn care equipment available for students living outside of university housing to borrow. Equipment available for rent includes:

  • Gas mower
  • Electric lawn mower and 50′ cord
  • Electric weed trimmer
  • Hand-held hedge clippers
  • Lopping shears
  • Snow shovels
  • Push brooms
  • Rakes and shovels

There is no cost for borrowing the equipment. Penalties for not maintaining the exterior of your rowhome or house may include fines from the city and possible discipline through the university. To request equipment, please complete the form below.

Equipment Loan