Cleanup in the McElderry Park area. (Photo: Carl Schmidt/Federal Hill Photography)

Residents across Baltimore City will be cleaning up their neighborhoods Oct. 22 as part of the Mayor’s Annual Fall Cleanup.

Baltimore City officials are encouraging individual residents and community groups to clean litter around their homes, alleys, and streets during the citywide cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that Saturday.

“Autumn is fast-approaching, and we are going to make this year’s fall cleanup bigger than ever,” Mayor Brandon Scott said in a statement. “This is an important day of service, where neighbors not only work together to clean and beautify where they live, but they also roll up their sleeves to assist other communities. Through teamwork and commitment to our communities, we can keep Baltimore clean.”

Community groups can register the cleaning activities they are organizing or volunteer for others by signing up on the city’s website, on Facebook, or by calling 311. Groups can also request for city trucks to take away debris that community members have collected. Registration closes Oct. 16.

Individual residents can also register, but they will have to put their bags of litter out for regular trash collection.

Residents who sign up for the citywide cleanup will receive up to five trash bags to fill, while community groups can receive up to 50 bags.

Starting Oct. 3, bags will be distributed at 2840 Sisson Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and at 111 Kane Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. When picking up bags, participants should show proof of registration.

Trash and debris can be bagged and placed out for pickup on weekly scheduled trash collection days, or brought to residential drop-off centers.

Commercial vehicles are not allowed at the residential drop-off centers.

The city will not be collecting bulk trash items from the cleanup and will not be distributing roll-off dumpsters this year.

“During the Mayor’s Cleanups, residents and volunteers from throughout the City come together to tackle those trouble spots, often hidden, and to make sure that they don’t become problems again,” the city’s public works director Jason Mitchell said in a statement. “This is why we have our seasonal cleanups. When we work together, we make Baltimore not only cleaner, but stronger.”

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at