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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.

Creative Reuse Ideas
Check here for crafts and creative ways to reuse stuff in your house.
Yard Trim Plastic Bag Prohibition
Information about the implementation of a ban on the use of plastic bags for Yard Trim Collection.
Green Buildings and Neighborhoods
Find out the details of Howard County's Green Building Requirements and Green Neighborhoods Program, as well as learn about tax credits and grants for businesses and residents.
Stormwater Management Structures
With proper stormwater management, rain water is directed into a local stormwater management structure where it is stored and slowly released into our nearby streams. As stormwater is stored in these structures, sediment and other pollutants have an opportunity to settle out, thus improving water quality.
Bulk Trash Pick - Online Scheduler


Agricultural Preservation
Howard County Agricultural Land Preservation Program (ALPP) Howard County Agricultural Land Preservation Board Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program (MALPF) Howard Ag Newsletter Farmland Forever Signs
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
Battery Recycling
Have old batteries and don’t know what to do with them? Consider customer take-back programs at retail stores such as Home Depot, My Organic Market, and Radio Shack.
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.
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.
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