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Alan Wilcom, Chief

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

Recycling Program Overview

    Paper, cardboard, metal cans, plastics, and glass bottles & jars can be combined all together. A blue cart, bin or see-through bag is all you need. More... 

    Questions? help@howardcountyrecycles.org or 410-313-6444

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What's New


Curbside Yard Trim Collection

    The last day for collection was January 16th (third week in January). Residents may recycle yard trim at the Alpha Ridge Landfill year-round. Note: Households in our food scrap collection areas will continue to receive yard trim/food scrap collection. See our yard trim collection webpage for other options.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

    HHW drop-off at Alpha Ridge Landfill is closed for 2014. There will be a special drop-off day at Alpha Ridge on Sat, Feb 7 and Sat, March 7. HHW drop-off days are normally on SATURDAYS ONLY from April-November. To learn more about what is accepted for hazardous waste collection, visit our HHW website.

Feed the Green Bin!

    We recently expanded green bin collection of food scraps/yard trim to more areas of Columbia! Visit FeedTheGreenBin.org for details about what's accepted and to see if you're in the collection area.

What Should I Do With...?

    Have something you don't know what to do with? Click here.

Click below for printable signs and brochures.

recycle chart 2012a   recyclables only 2012   Brochure Cover - Recycling  ARL cover 

Brochure Cover -  HHW  yard trim cover   trash brochure cover   compost cover 

spanish recycling cover    spanish trash brochure    Korean recycling brochure   korean trash brochure 

Click on the topics below for more information.


Waste Management Recycle America
(Recycling Processor)
Recycling Plant video - still image 
Recycling Commercial
Recycling Commercial - still shot 
Food Scrap Videos 
Compilation how-to video (all of the sections below)
food scraps intro 
Indoor Collection Containers
food scraps collection containers2 
Indoor Tips
food scraps indoor tips2 
Cart Basics
food scrap cart basics 
Outdoor Tips
food scraps outdoor tips 
Backyard Composting
food scraps backyard composting 
Styrofoam Videos 
Plastic Foam Recycling Basics
Plastic Foam 1 
Unacceptable Items
Plastic Foam 2  
Check out the Sign
Plastic Foam 3 
Student Made Videos 
Don't Trash This!
don't trash this 
What Can I Recycle?
ins and outs 
Don't Be a Tree Puncher
tree puncher