Whether you have a huge renovation or a small home project, reuse is best! If you can't reuse, recycle your material using the suggestions below. Only as a last resort, dispose items properly.
Check out the EPA's Recommended Practices for Pre-Demolition Removal of Mercury-Containing Devices from Residential Buildings.
For home improvement projects, Howard County residents should bring any Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) material to Alpha Ridge Landfill. Collections are help Saturdays from April-November. See our website for a list of acceptable items.
Before starting any construction/home improvement project, consider whether any material may be salvageable. Check out the EPA's Deconstruction Rapid Assessment Tool for assistance with planning your deconstruction project.
Don't trash good items! There are many opportunities for usable building supplies.
The Loading Dock at Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, 21104) collects new and reusable building materials. You can also drop-off items at The Loading Dock location in Baltimore or call 410-558-3625 to schedule a pickup. Visit www.loadingdock.org for details.
Items Accepted: banisters, bathtubs, cabinets, countertops, doors, hardware, lighting fixtures, lumber, molding, plumbing fixtures, shelving, stairs, toilets, windows and other building materials.
NOTE: Howard County and the Loading Dock reserve the right to refuse any materials deemed unfit. If you have any questions about what is acceptable, please call The Loading Dock at 410-558-3625.
Check out the Builders' Guide to Reuse and Recycling and the Howard County C&D Recycling Guide. Visit The Recycling Center in Laurel or MDRecycles for a local directory of recycling and disposal resources.
Don't have reusable items? Residents disposing of construction, demolition and home improvement material as trash will be directed to weigh in at the scalehouse and will be charged $80/ton ($4 per 100 pounds) of waste. This includes deliveries mixed with household waste.
Residents disposing of construction, demolition and home improvement material at Alpha Ridge Landfill will be directed to weigh in at the scalehouse and will be charged $80/ton ($4 per 100 pounds) of waste. This includes deliveries mixed with household waste. See the Alpha Ridge Landfill webpage for fee details.
For C&D disposal from home, check out Bagster, a flexible 'dumpster' service provided by Waste Management. Just purchase your bagster from your local home improvement store, fill the bag with material and contact Waste Management for pick-up.
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