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Environmental and sustainability work in Howard County involves nearly all of our County departments, especially Office of Environmental Sustainability, Planning and Zoning, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Economic Development. The County aims to lead by example and challenges citizens to embrace environmental stewardship and sustainability.  

The County's Environmental Sustainability initiatives follow the triple bottom line approach – all of our work aims to protect Howard County's environment, save money and protect the health and welfare of all Howard County citizens. Find out how we work in partnership with citizens, businesses, and non-profits and how you can join us to Live Green Howard County.

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Environments
Click the link above to learn more about Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Environments
Stormwater Management Division
The Stormwater Management (SWM) division strives to advance the quality of life for the citizens of Howard County through the improvement and management of the quality and quantity of water that originates in, falls onto, or passes through the county on its way to the Chesapeake Bay.
Live Green Projects
Find out about some of the projects we're working on right now to further our Live Green initiative.
Pilot Composting Facility
Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services is embarking on a composting pilot project using the best available technology to protect the environment and produce quality compost.
Bulk Trash Pick - Online Scheduler

 

GreenFest

Join us as we kick off Earth Month with our annual Howard County GreenFest.  This free, family-friendly event is open to the public and includes hands-on activities for all ages. Tell your friends and we'll see you all there!

Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center

The following materials are accepted from Howard County residents. Residents using the landfill are required to show their driver's licenses as proof of residence in Howard County.

Tree Canopy Program

The Tree Canopy Program aims to create and enhance tree canopy- the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above- throughout the County. Tree Canopy provides many benefits to communities including improving water quality, saving energy, lowering city temperatures, reducing air pollution, enhancing property values, providing wildlife habitat, facilitating social and educational opportunities, and providing aesthetic benefits.

Rigid Plastics
Howard County residents may now recycle many new types of plastic material curbside and at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center.
Middle Patuxent Environmental Area
Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks manages the 1021 acre Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) in cooperation with the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation. Click the link for more infroamtion about this site
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