Bureau of Environmental Services


Mark DeLuca, Bureau of Environmental Services Chief

Employees operate the County landfill, implement and manage recycling programs, oversee residential curbside collections and administer stormwater management.

Mission Statement: Advancing environmental responsibility through responsive solutions and service.

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Plastic Bags in Recycling - Not Accepted

Effective Saturday, June 15, 2019, Howard County’s Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Environmental Services will no longer accept curbside recycling placed in plastic bags. Items placed out for recycling, should be placed loose in the county assigned recycling bin/cart. Any plastic bagged recyclables will not be collected curbside.

Plastic bags and plastic film foul machinery, getting wrapped around recycling equipment and jamming the screens. Small plastic fragments also become air- and water-borne litter. Due to these factors, our contracted processor will not accept plastic bags. This includes loose and bundled plastic bags. The regional marketplace has contributed to this change.

Residents with County-provided service will receive a postcard in the mail alerting them of this change.

In addition, the Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center will no longer accept items for recycling bagged in plastic. If you choose to transport your items in a plastic bag, please empty your items into the recycling compactor and take the bag with you.

County residents who wish to recycle their clean plastic bags and film may do so at participating local grocery stores, big box stores and other retailers who have collection bins set up, normally inside the store’s front entrance. Where can you recycle plastic bags? Check out this handy map.

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Contact Us

Mark DeLuca - Chief, Bureau of Environmental Services
(410) 313-6444 mdeluca@howardcountymd.gov

Jeff Dannis - Chief, Operations Division (Alpha Ridge Landfill)
(410) 313-6419 jdannis@howardcountymd.gov

Mark Kreis - Chief, Collections Division
(410) 313-6444 mkreis@howardcountymd.gov

Alan Wilcom - Chief, Recycling Division
(410) 313-6433 awilcom@howardcountymd.gov

Mark S. Richmond, P.E. - Chief, Stormwater Management Division
(410) 313-6413 msrichmond@howardcountymd.gov