Thursday, February 12, 2009

Free mulch and compost in Baltimore County

Are you a Baltimore County resident? If so, then you're in luck: I received the following email about free stuff from the Baltimore County Department of Public Works. Check out their webpage and sign up for e-newsletters here.

Email as follows:

Looking to do some landscaping around your yard? We can help! Baltimore County residents can get free compost and mulch at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill and Solid Waste Management Facility (ESL) in White Marsh. Residents must bring and fill their own containers.
Mulch is mainly comprised of ground and shredded tree limbs. Residents and the Bureau of Highways bring the tree limbs to ESL, and then landfill employees use a tubgrinder to process the wood into mulch.
Compost is comprised mainly of grass, leaves, bush trims, plants and small branches that residents have set out, generally in plastic bags for collection in the County's yard materials recycling program or brought to ESL. These materials (contents and bags) are placed in "windrows" and processed. Finished materials are screened to remove unwanted and large pieces of material. However, small pieces of plastic may still be present in the compost.
The County makes no guarantees about the quality or composition of either product. The individual user assumes all risks and responsibilities associated with the use of these materials.
Compost and mulch are available on a "First Come First Served" basis. Please call our customer service line, 410-887-2000 (M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) before going to ESL to check on the supply of these materials. The directions and hours of operation for ESL are available at

1 comment:

SerendipiT said...

Thanks for the great article on free mulch in our area. I have to mulch twice a year, which can get to be pretty pricey so I was looking at alternatives. I've heard that I would have to age this mulch for 6-8 months; do you know if this is necessary and what, if anything, would happen if I didn't? Thanks!