Trash, Recycling and Special Collection

The following information is primarily applicable to occupied, single-family, residential properties.  For multi-family, business or other non-residential properties, please contact the Berlin Public Works Department at 410-641-4001.  Click here for the full Code of the Town of Berlin section on Solid Waste.

Trash Collection

The Town of Berlin Sanitation Department collects trash one day per week and recycling one day per week. Regular trash must be placed in the provided container; recycling does not need to be placed in a special container, but must be separated by type and easily identifiable. Items should be placed at the curb by 6:00 AM on the day of collection.  It is acceptable to place items out the night before, however all containers must be removed from the curb by 11:00 PM on the same day as collection.

WHEN ARE COLLECTIONS SCHEDULED?
General refuse (regular household garbage) will be collected once per week and recyclables once per week. Please refer to the Street Index below for more information.

There are also recycling containers located on Old Ocean City Boulevard, next to the entrance to Berlin Falls Park for drop-offs.

For information regarding changes to the trash or recycling schedule due to holidays, or for the Spring and Fall Special Collections, please see our Holiday and Special Collection Schedule below. Any change in scheduling will be published in local newspapers, on the Public Access Channel (cable channel 4) and/or in the Berlin Bulletin (sign-up located at the bottom of the page). If you should have any questions regarding the collection routes or the separation of recyclables from general refuse, please email the Public Works Department or call 410-641-4001.

Street index

Recycling Collection

RECYCLING GUIDELINES
In July of 1992, the Town of Berlin implemented a mandatory recycling program.There were many reasons for implementing this program – primarily economic, environmental, and resource conservation.

WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED?

  • GLASS – bottles and jars only. Preparation: Rinse, remove lids, rings and metal attachments. Paper labels may be left on the jar or bottle. It is NOT necessary to separate by color.
  • PLASTIC – any plastic container with the recycling symbol 1 thru 7 (no plastic bags). Preparation: Rinse, remove caps, lids, rings or other attachments and crush to flatten. Paper labels may be left on the container.
  • ALUMINUM – drink cans and clean aluminum food containers or foil. Preparation: Rinse.
  • FERROUS, TIN, OR BI-METAL – cans only (will stick to a magnet). Preparation: Rinse.
  • PAPER – newspapers and magazines, office paper, “junk mail”, etc. Preparation: Keep clean and dry, bundle with string or place in disposal bags in stacks of twelve (12) inches or less.
  • CARDBOARD – CORRUGATED ONLY. Preparation: Same as paper above.

No special container is required for recyclable materials, however all items must be in separate containers as outlined above. Recycle containers need only be sturdy enough to be handled without bursting, and easily identifiable as containing recyclables. Designate your recyclable containers by marking them, or by providing a container with a visual means of identifying the materials inside without opening the bag or lid. Metal drums are not acceptable, and neither are plastic cans larger than thirty (30) gallons of capacity. Factory-made recycling containers are also available at many area merchants.

Recycling Station

There is a single-stream recycling station located on Old Ocean City Blvd.  The entrance is between the main entrance to Berlin Falls Park and Croppers.

Holiday & Special Collection Schedule

Holiday and Special Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule

For your convenience, we are providing the following information for Berlin’s holiday trash and recycling schedule and special collections. Trash and Recycling should be at the curb by 6:00 AM on collection day; items placed after 6:00 may not be collected. It is acceptable to put items at the curb the night before collection.

DateHolidayTrash/Recycling Collection Changes & Special Collections
Friday, April 19, 2019Good FridayNo recycling collection. Business trash collection on Thursday, April 18
Wednesday, April 24 & May 1, 2019Spring Yard Waste Collections-See below for details
Wednesday, May 8 & 15, 2019Spring Bulk Waste Collections-See below for details
Monday, May 27, 2019Memorial DayRecycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday along with regular trash collection.
Thursday, July 4, 2019Independence DayTrash collection for Thursday will be on Wednesday, July 3.
Monday, September 2, 2019Labor DayRecycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday along with regular trash collection.
Monday, October 14, 2019Columbus DayRecycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday along with regular trash collection.
Monday, November 11, 2019Veterans DayRecycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday along with regular trash collection.
Wednesday, November 6 & 13, 2019Fall Bulk Collections – See below for details
Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29, 2019ThanksgivingTrash collection for Thursday and Friday will be on Wednesday, November 27. No recycling collection on Friday.
Wednesday, December 4 & 11, 2019Fall Yard Waste Collections – See below for details
Tuesday, December 24 , 2019(offices close at noon) &
Wednesday, December 25
Christmas HolidayTrash collection for Tuesday will be on Monday, December 23 along with regular recycling collection.
Trash collection for Wednesday will be on Thursday, December 26 along with regular trash collection.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (offices close at noon) &
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
New Year HolidayTrash collection for Tuesday will be on Monday, December 30 along with regular recycling collection.
Trash collection for Wednesday will be on Thursday, January 2 along with regular trash collection.
Wednesday, January 8 & 15, 2020Live-Cut Christmas Tree curbside collection - See below for details

Questions: Please contact the Public Works Department at 410-641-4001 or email dwheaton@berlinmd.gov.

NOTE: Please see below for important information regarding special collections.
If your
Normal Trash Day
Is:
Then your
Special Collection Date
Is:
Curbside Christmas tree collection
AnyWednesdays, January 2 & 9, 2019
Spring Yard Waste collectionTuesday or WednesdayWednesday, April 24
ThursdayWednesday, May 1
Spring Bulk Trash collectionTuesday or WednesdayWednesday, May 8
ThursdayWednesday, May 15
Fall Bulk Trash collectionTuesdays or WednesdaysWednesday, November 6
ThursdaysWednesday, November 13
Fall Yard Waste CollectionTuesdays or WednesdaysWednesday, December 4
ThursdaysWednesday, December 11
Curbside Christmas tree collectionAnyWednesdays, January 8 & 15, 2020

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS – What you need to know.

Special Collections are held twice a year for Yard Waste and Bulk Waste and once a year for Live-Cut Christmas Trees.  Regular household garbage is not part of these collections. Collection is for residential properties only; commercial and industrial properties are not included. Vacant lots are also not included. Items must be at the curb by 6:00 AM; materials placed for pickup at any other time may not be collected.

LIVE-CUT CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION

Live-cut trees only.  Trees must be free of all decoration and at the curb by 6:00 AM.  Trees will not be picked up on any date other than those listed.

BULK ITEM COLLECTION

DO: Include items such as: Furniture – Toilets and Sinks – Carpet – Mattresses – Tables and Chairs – Refrigerators – Washers & Dryers – Small appliances – Televisions – Microwaves – Computer Components

Small items must be placed in a container at the curb and weigh no more than 100 lbs.

NEW: Any fabric item should be wrapped in plastic and sealed with tape.  Bags for mattresses/box springs are available at Town Hall. Please call to request – 410-641-2770.

DON’T: Include items such as: Hazardous Waste – Construction materials – Paint – Yard waste/brush – Propane tanks – Tires – Chemicals – Insecticides

YARD WASTE COLLECTION

DO: Place leaves, grass clippings, pine needles and cones, and garden waste in a paper bag, plastic bag, or (maximum) 30 gallon container.

Cut brush into 4 ft. lengths and bundles no larger than 18 inches in diameter.

DON’T: Mix in stones, rocks, metal, other inorganic matter, dirt, sod or other materials.

For more information about acceptable items for either collection, please call the Public Works Department at 410-641-4001 or email Public Works at dwheaton@berlinmd.gov.