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Heritage Complex
2662 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD. 21401
(410) 222-7500



Department of Public Works - Highways 

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Litter/Debris Removal

Removal and disposing of litter along County-maintained roadways is normally done by hand. This activity includes the removal of small items from the road right-of-way. Due to the time required to complete this manual work, the cost associated with this activity can be excessive. While we recognize that litter removal is necessary, the time spent on this activity diverts our efforts from other maintenance work that helps to preserve the investment taxpayers have made in our infrastructure.
As such, we ask that you “Help Us Help You.” Help us to educate your neighbors about the affects and costs associated with removing litter and debris. On average, Anne Arundel County spends over $150,000 per year removing litter from roadsides.We can all minimize the impact that litter has in our County by setting a good example of not littering. Always carry a trash bag in your car. Never throw cigarette butts out of your car window. By working together to reduce roadside litter, we will all enjoy a cleaner and more pleasant environment at a reduced cost. In addition, litter free communities preserve their property values.
Removal and disposing of debris (larger items) along County-maintained roadways is normally done by machine. On average, Anne Arundel County spends over $130,000 per year removing debris from roadsides. Safely dispose of your larger items by scheduling a Bulk Item Collection with our Bureau of Waste Management Services.
Debris removal from storm damage is handled in a variety of ways, depending on whether the debris is within the County-maintained road right-of-way or whether the debris is on privately owned property. Please visit our Storm Debris webpage for complete information regarding this service.
Litter removal activities follow a programmed frequency throughout the year. Debris removal is scheduled as needed. Both activities are subject to resource availability. In order to meet the demand for this service, we sometimes use contractor or prison labor. Hazardous situations should be reported immediately.
To request litter/debris removal, please contact the appropriate road districtRoad districts are open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A supervisor will investigate your concern and respond to you within one week (one day if it is a hazard) to advise you of a schedule for any needed work.


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