Alpha Ridge landfill was opened in 1980, and is located on a 550 acre site, of which 190 acres is permitted for landfilling. Alpha Ridge Landfill accepts both residential and commercial waste, including recyclables, generated in Howard County ONLY.
|Composting Facility||Construction & Demolition Debris|
|Household Hazardous Waste||Residents' Convenience Center|
|Special Events||Wood Waste Area|
Alpha Ridge Landfill
|Residential||Monday-Saturday||8:00am - 4:00pm|
|Commercial||Monday-Saturday||8:00am - 3:30pm|
The landfill will be closed on the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Alpha Ridge Landfill Operations
Residential Construction & Demolition (C&D) Fees Resume June 1
Beginning June 1, all residents with construction and demolition debris will be directed to the scale for weights and payments. See our website for materials and fees.
Commercial Account Billing Changes
As of May 1, 2021, Commercial Account holders and Contractors must pay for disposal fees at the scale house for each transaction. Credit Card is preferred, but cash and checks will be accepted. The only accounts that will be billed will be those with an active credit account and deposit on file. See Commercial Permits tab to the right for credit account application.
Billing for April 2021 charges and other previous billing must be paid by May 31.
Styrofoam™ Recycling Closing at Alpha Ridge Landfill
As of July 1, 2020 Styrofoam™ #6 is no longer accepted at the Residents' Convenience Center at Alpha Ridge Landfill. This is largely due to the ban on expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam™) food packaging that recently went into effect in Maryland.
Pallets No Longer Accepted in Woodwaste Area
There is now a $80/ton tip fee for wood pallets. Pallets will no longer be accepted in the Woodwaste area. Loads will be directed to the Waste Transfer Station for disposal. Please see our list of companies that accept pallets for recycling and reuse.
All commercial vehicles delivering solid waste to the landfill are required to purchase a nontransferable commercial landfill permit at an annual charge and follow all landfill rules; no commercial vehicles will be permitted to use the landfill without a permit. Please visit our Commercial Permits tab for more information and to apply. All permits are valid for the period from July 1st through June 30th.
Since July 2017, businesses no longer need a free permit to drop-off recycling. Small businesses may only bring material that was generated within Howard County.
NOTE: As of July 1, 2015 the Commercial Solid Waste tip fee will be $80 per ton.
FY22: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
All commercial vehicles delivering solid waste* to the Alpha Ridge Landfill are required to purchase a nontransferable commercial landfill permit at an annual charge and follow all landfill rules; no commercial vehicles will be permitted to use the landfill without a permit.
Any permit renewals or changes (vehicle information, mailing address, etc.) can be made within the form below.
Charge Accounts are available to those with commercial landfill permits. The charge account allows the holder to be billed at the end of the month for landfill usage and fees instead of immediate payment at the landfill. This account uses a deposit held in a non-interest-bearing account of the amount of 1.5 times the average monthly charges. Please complete the Landfill Credit Application form below. See rules on page 2 of the application for application instructions.Please allow five business days for the County to process your application prior to coming to the landfill to drop off material. All permits are valid for the period from July 1st through June 30th.
*Since July 2017, businesses no longer need a free permit to drop-off recycling. Small businesses may only bring material that was generated within Howard County.NOTE: As of July 1, 2015 the Commercial Solid Waste tip fee will be $80 per ton.
Landfill Fees through June 30, 2021 (Fiscal Year 2021)
HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND
LANDFILL FEE SCHEDULE
Effective July 1, 2020, the Howard County Alpha Ridge Landfill will implement the rate structure below. These rates are pursuant to Howard County Council Resolution No. 66 adopted on May 27, 2020 and subject to change.
NOTE: No solid waste generated out-of-County will be accepted at the Howard County Alpha Ridge Landfill.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed 3:30 pm for commercial)
Holiday Closings: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
The following items are PROHIBITED for disposal at Alpha Ridge Landfill:
- dead animals
- engine blocks (over 2')
- hot ashes
- infectious waste
- pathological waste
- radioactive waste
- radiological waste
- septage waste
- surgical hospital waste
Please refer any questions concerning disposal of special wastes to a landfill supervisor.
Alpha Ridge Landfill is Howard County's third public landfill, and the only public landfill open to accept waste. Alpha Ridge landfill was opened in 1980, and is located on a 550 acre site, of which 190 acres is permitted for landfilling.
Although all household trash collected from Howard County homes is currently being exported to a private landfill located in King George County, Virginia, residential and commercial trash is still being accepted at Alpha Ridge Landfill. A small portion of Howard County trash continues to be buried at the Alpha Ridge Landfill.
Check out our Alpha Ridge Landfill drone video tour!
- Howard County's existing landfill opened in May 1980 at a cost of $5.25 million, including 590 acres of land costing $1.2 million.
- From 1980-1993, the initial unlined area of 68 acres received 2.3 million tons of waste.
- In January 1993, a 38 acre lined cell (4-10 acre sub-cells) was finished at a cost of $7.6 million, including a leachate handling system. Current landfilling averages less than 30 tons per day.
- Peak year for filling was 1989 at 287,000 tons.
- Another 80 acres can be used to construct lined landfill cells in addition to the 110 acres currently developed.
- The 68 acre unlined cell has been capped, which includes landfill gas extraction and groundwater remediation systems.
- Current annual operating cost is $10.0 million (not including debt service). This includes groundwater monitoring and treatment.
- From Alpha Ridge Landfill, 48,289 tons of waste were exported to King George County Landfill in Virginia in 2018.
- From Alpha Ridge Landfill, outgoing recyclables totaled 21,414 tons in 2018.
- In addition, residential curbside single-stream recycling totaled 28,974 tons in 2018.
- In 2018, Howard County achieved a 49.5% diversion rate.
Drone Video Tour
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