The following information is primarily applicable to occupied, single-family, residential properties. For multi-family, business or other non-residential properties, please email the Berlin Public Works Department or call them at 410-641-4001. Click here for the full Code of the Town of Berlin section on Solid Waste.
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 schedule 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.
Curbside Recycling is to be separated by type and cannot be mixed with regular household trash.
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?
- METAL CANS – Aluminum and other metals – drink cans, soup/vegetable, etc. Rinse clean of food or other residues; all cans can be grouped together; paper labels can be left on. DO NOT include aluminum food containers or foil.
- GLASS – bottles and jars only. Rinse, remove lids, rings and metal attachments; paper labels may be left on. It is NOT necessary to separate by color.
- PLASTIC – only plastic containers with the recycling symbol 1 and 2 (no plastic bags). Rinse, remove caps, lids, rings or other attachments. Paper labels may be left on.
- PAPER & CARDBOARD – Paper: newspapers, magazines, office paper, thin non-corrugated cardboard (cereal/snack boxes, etc), books. etc. Corrugated Cardboard: shipping boxes, etc.
- Seperate paper & corrugated cardboard. Keep clean and dry, break down boxes & flatten, tie in bundles or place in bags in stacks of 12 inches or less. DO NOT place loose in container.
Items must be separated by type as described above. Cans and plastic containers may be crushed and flattened to save space. No special containers are required, but need to be sturdy enough to be handled without bursting, and easily identifiable as containing recyclables. DO NOT use metal drums or containers larger than thirty (30) gallons or weighing more than 50 pounds when full. Blue recycle bins can be purchased at Town Hall for $5.00 (limit 2 per customer). Factory-made recycling containers are also available at many area merchants.
Worcester County Solid Waste Division has several self-serve recycling stations throughout the county, including two near Berlin at a) the transfer station off of Flower Street at 9636 Mill Haven Road; b) at Wal-Mart off of Rt. 50 (24-hours). Visit the County website for more information.
There is also a cardboard recycling station at Heron Park on Old Ocean City Blvd.
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.
|Friday, April 7, 2023||Good Friday||Most Town offices closed. No recycling collection. Trash collection for Friday will be collected on Thursday, April 6 along with regular Thursday trash collection.|
|Wednesday, April 19 & 26, 2023||Spring Bulk Waste Collections||Spring Bulk Waste Collections – See below for details|
|Wednesday, May 3 & 10, 2023||Spring Yard Waste Collections||Spring Yard Waste Collections – See below for details|
|Monday, May 29, 2023||Memorial Day||Most Town offices closed. Recycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday, May 30 along with regular Tuesday trash collection.|
|Monday, June 19, 2023||Juneteenth National Independence Day||Most Town offices closed. Recycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday, June 20 along with regular Tuesday trash collection.|
|Tuesday, July 4, 2023||Independence Day||Most Town offices closed. Recycling collection normally scheduled for Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday, July 5 along with regular Wednesday trash collection.|
|Monday, September 4, 2023||Labor Day||Most Town offices closed. Recycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday, September 5 along with regular Tuesday trash collection.|
|Monday, October 9, 2023||Columbus Day||Most Town offices closed. Recycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday, October 10 along with regular Tuesday trash collection.|
|Wednesday, November 1 & 8, 2023||Fall Bulk Waste Collections||Fall Bulk Waste Collections – See below for details|
|Friday, November 10, 2023||Veterans Day||Most Town offices closed. No recycling collection. Trash collection for Friday will be collected on Thursday, November 9 along with regular Thursday trash collection.|
|Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24, 2023||Thanksgiving||Most Town offices closed. Trash collection for Thursday and Friday will be on Wednesday, November 22. No recycling collection on Friday.|
|Wednesday, December 6 & 13, 2023||Fall Yard Waste Collections||Fall Yard Waste Collections – See below for details|
|Friday, December 22 & Monday, December 25, 2023||Christmas Holiday||Most Town offices closed.
Recycling and commercial trash regularly scheduled for Friday will be collected on Thursday, December 21 along with regular Thursday collection.
Recycling collection for Monday, December 25 will be on Tuesday, December 26 along with regular Tuesday collection.
Special Collection Schedule
PLEASE NOTE: Important policy changes to Special Collections:
Click on Special Collection Policy button below for information on preparing items for Bulk, Yard, and Christmas Tree collections.
You must complete a request for BULK Collection prior to your collection date; forms can be found by clicking the Special Collections Policy button below. Bulk collection request forms will be accepted starting thirty (30) days before collection date and must be submitted by the deadline indicated. No request is needed for Yard Waste or Christmas Tree collections; prepare the items per the policy below and put the items at the curb by 6:00 AM on collection day.
Normal Trash Day
Special Collection Date
|Spring 2023 Bulk Trash collection||Tuesday or Wednesday||Wednesday, April 19, 2023|
|Thursday||Wednesday, April 26, 2023|
|Spring 2023 Yard Waste collection||Tuesday or Wednesday||Wednesday, May 3, 2023|
|Thursday||Wednesday, May 10, 2023|
|Fall 2023 Bulk Waste Collection||Tuesdays or Wednesdays||Wednesday, November 1, 2023|
|Thursdays||Wednesday, November 8, 2023|
|Fall 2023 Yard Waste Collection||Tuesdays or Wednesdays||Wednesday, December 6, 2023|
|Thursdays||Wednesday, December 13, 2023|