Cleanup day coming in Baltimore

no dumping

The city that litters? A way to do your civic duty and lower (slightly) your new stormwater fee.

Photo by: Fern Shen

Once again taking a crack at Baltimore’s perennial problem with sidewalk trash, filthy alleys and overgrown lots, “Neighborhood Clean Sweep” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The city usually requires neighborhoods to register 30 days before the event, but an exception is being made this year. But community leaders need to call 311 as soon as possible to register.

Residents have an added incentive to get involved this year, according to the Department of Public Works.

Stormwater Credits

With the Maryland Stormwater Fee having gone into effect, people participating in organized cleanups, such as the Oct. 26 event, can receive credits to reduce their stormwater charge.

It’s not a whole lot. Residents with eight hours of volunteer participation (over a year) can earn $10 in credit. Other activities, such as tree planting and rainwater harvesting, can earn from $3 to $24 of additional credit.

A typical city and county resident can expect $60 to $120 a year in stormwater fees depending on the square footage of their property. Credit applications can be found here.

For the Oct. 26 cleanup, free garbage bags will be available to registered communities at 111 Kane Street (Oct. 21-25, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and 2840 Sisson Street (Oct. 21-25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Call 311 for more information or to sign up.

Here's what the $2.5 million "streetscaping" of Wilkens Avenue looks like two years after completion. (Photo by Mark Reutter)

Here’s what the $2.5 million “streetscaping” of Wilkens Avenue looks like two years after completion. (Photo by Mark Reutter)

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  • Kraven

    Taxed for rain.. How long until they tax us for air.. God gives these things and democrats tax them…

  • Alfreda McCray

    Just an FYI…I called 311 to sign-up for this event. It doesn’t appear that 311 has a registration process for individuals interesting in participating in this event. The representative advised me to contact a local neighborhood group in order to join in. There were no additional details provided.

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