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Recycling Carts and Bins

Howard County provides one free recycling container to residents that receive curbside collection from the County. Containers are assigned to each address and MUST REMAIN AT THE HOUSE, even if the resident moves. You can put your street name and number on the container which will help it stay where it belongs. There are three options for containers: a 65-gallon cart, a 35-gallon cart or an 18-gallon bin.

     65 gallon cart     35 gallon cart     18 gallon 

          65-gallon cart            35-gallon cart              18-gallon bin

Need a Container?


If you have moved into a property in Howard County and do not have a cart or bin or if you have moved into a new construction that receives County collection, please call 410-313-6444. Lost or stolen recycling container? Call us and we will replace it. Remember you can put your street name and number on the cart which will help it stay where it belongs.

You don't have to use a County Container


Residents can use any reusable container (just not a trash can because the contractors might think it's trash) or see-through plastic bag. You can buy see-through bags from most local retail stores, including Costco, BJs, Target, Ace Hardware and Home Depot. Keep in mind, there is an added step of ripping open plastic bags of recycling at the processor. We can help by putting our recyclables loose in a reusable container. Watch our recycling video to see the sorting process.

Need to know What to Recycle?


Visit the Recycling Collection Details page for more information.

Tip: It's best if recyclables are loose in your recycling container. Why? Bags create an extra step at the processor and can jam the equipment if not removed from the line. Watch a video of the processor for more details.

Have a Broken Container or Want a Different Size?


The County can easily fix broken cart wheels and lids. If you want a different-sized container or need a repair, contact the recycling division at 410-313-6444. Please be patient as we work to complete requests.

Additional Recycling Containers


Howard County residents may purchase additional recycling containers for their homes. (Residents must be paying the Howard County residential refuse fee to purchase containers). Please return a completed copy of the following form with a check made out to "Director of Finance" in the correct amount.

By mail:
Howard County Director of Finance
3430 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043

In person:
Cashiers’ Office
3430 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Upon receipt of payment, the container(s) will be delivered to the property address. Please allow two weeks for delivery.

Additional Container Prices:

18 gallon - $ 7.50 each
35 gallon - $36.00 each
65 gallon - $45.00 each