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 410-641-4001Click 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.

Street Index

Curbside Recycling is to be separated by type and cannot be mixed with regular household trash.

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: Boxes must be broken down and flattened. Keep clean and dry, bundle with string or place in disposal bags in stacks of twelve (12) inches or less.

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 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.

DateHoliday
Trash/Recycling Collection Changes & Special Collections
Friday, April 2, 2021Good FridayTown offices closed. No recycling collection. Trash collection for Friday will be collected on Thursday, April 1 along with regular Thursday trash collection.
Wednesday, April 21 & 28, 2021Spring Bulk Waste CollectionsSpring Bulk Waste Collections – See below for details
Wednesday, May 5 & 12 2021Spring Yard Waste CollectionsSpring Yard Waste Collections – See below for details
Monday, May 31, 2021Memorial DayTown offices closed. Recycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday, June 1 along with regular Tuesday trash collection.
Monday, July 5, 2021Independence DayTown offices closed. Recycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday, July 6 along with regular Tuesday trash collection.
Monday, September 6, 2021Labor DayTown offices closed. Recycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday, September 7 along with regular Tuesday trash collection
Monday, October 11, 2021Columbus DayTown offices closed. Recycling collection normally scheduled for Monday will be collected on Tuesday, October 12 along with regular Tuesday trash collection
Wednesday, November 3 & 17, 2021Fall Bulk Waste CollectionsFall Bulk Waste Collections – See below for details
Thursday, November 11, 2021Veterans DayTown offices closed. Trash collection normally scheduled for Thursday will be on Friday, November 12 along with regular Friday collection.
Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26, 2021ThanksgivingTown offices closed. Trash collection for Thursday and Friday will be on Wednesday, November 24. No recycling collection on Friday.
Wednesday, December 8 & 15, 2021Fall Yard Waste CollectionsFall Yard Waste Collections – See below for details
Thursday, December 23 (offices close at noon) & Friday, December 24, 2021
Christmas HolidayTown offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 23 and will be closed on Friday, December 24.
Trash collection normally scheduled for Thursday and Friday will be on Wednesday, December 22 along with regular Wednesday collection.
Recycling collection for Friday, December 25 will be on Monday, December 27 along with regular Monday recycling collection.
Thursday, December 30 (offices close at noon) & Friday, December 31, 2021New Year HolidayTown offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 30 and will be closed on Friday, December 31.
Trash collection normally scheduled for Thursday and Friday will be on Wednesday, December 29 along with regular Wednesday collection.
Recycling collection for Friday, December 31 will be on Monday, January 3, 2022 along with regular Monday recycling collection.
Wednesday, January 5 & 12, 2022Live-Cut Christmas Tree curbside collection - See below for details

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

Special Collection Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Important policy changes to Special Collections:

Click on Special Waste 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. Bulk collection request forms will be accepted starting thirty (30) days before collection date and must be submitted by the deadline indicated.

Please click here to review the policy and submit your request

Bulk Trash, Yard, and Waste Collection
If your
Normal Trash Day
Is:
Then your
Special Collection Date
Is:
Spring 2021 Bulk Trash collectionTuesdays or WednesdaysWednesday, April 21, 2021
ThursdaysWednesday, April 28, 2021
Spring 2021 Yard Waste collectionTuesdays or WednesdaysWednesday, May 5, 2021
ThursdaysWednesday, May 12, 2021

 

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Upcoming Events

Mon 26

Utility Funds’ Budget Worksession

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Town Hall
Worksession to discuss the Utility Funds' Draft Budgets. Public Participation is at the discretion of the Mayor. General Fund Budget...
Mon 26

Mayor & Council Meeting

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Town Hall
Wed 28

Spring Bulk Waste Collection-Thursday trash customers

April 28 @ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
For Thursday trash customers, Bulk Waste Day is Wednesday, April 28, 2021. If your regular trash day is Tuesday or...
May 02

Berlin Farmers Market

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pitts Street
Producers only market featuring jams, jellies, fresh fruits and vegetable, breads, flowers and so much more. Every Sunday May-September 9am-1pm
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