We ask that you take a few minutes to SORT your waste, since much of the household waste can be recycled or reused by placing it in one of the many recycling containers or trailers at the Center.
See Making Your Visit Easier for loading/unloading instructions.
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 each time they enter the landfill. If you don't see your item listed below, check our What Should I Do With...? Page.
Small Business Recycling permit
Representatives from the American Legion Adams, Hanna, Moore Memorial Post 156, will retrieve flags and make sure they are disposed of in a dignified fashion as required by the U.S. Flag Code. Disposal ceremonies will be conducted a handful of times each year in coordination with local Scout troops.
Uncontaminated antifreeze only (not mixed with oil or other substances). Please leave container for attendant to empty. DO NOT EMPTY YOURSELF.
Did you know? Each year thousands of dogs and cats are poisoned by improperly discarded or leaking antifreeze? The sweet taste attracts pets.
Air conditioners and refrigerators contain Freon and must be placed in their designated area. Small metal appliances, such as toasters, toaster ovens, mixers, etc, and other appliances, such as dishwashers, ovens and microwaves can be placed in the scrap metal dumpster for recycling.
Acceptable batteries include auto, boat and motorcycle, GM and Gel Cell, commonly found in ATVs and kid's powered vehicles.
Rechargeable batteries - see Household Hazardous Waste.
Visit the Battery webpage for more information.
Bring you reusable bicycles to Alpha Ridge and give those bikes another life! Look for the Reusable Bicycle shed (please no tricycles or motorized bikes). Also consider Bikes for the World to donate to less developed countries and Velocipede, located in Baltimore . If your bike isn't in good condition, contact your local bike store to see if they can use the parts or as a last resort, recycle it with scrap metal at Alpha Ridge Landfill.
The Loading Dock, a nonprofit organization which serves as a clearinghouse for building materials used in revitalizing low-income housing projects, collects new and reusable building materials.
Items Accepted: Banisters, bathtubs, cabinets, counter tops, doors, hardware, lighting fixtures, lumber, molding, plumbing fixtures, shelving, stairs, toilets, windows and other building materials. Please donate reusable materials only. For a tax receipt, please bring material the 1st Saturday of each month 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
NOTE: The materials that are collected are for REUSE. 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.
Items Accepted: Moving boxes, appliance boxes, storage boxes, and shipping boxes, etc. Please flatten.
Items Not Accepted: Pizza boxes (with grease) or waxed cardboard.
Effective November 1, carpet will no longer be accepted for recycling at the Convenience Area. Carpet will be considered trash and residents/businesses will be charged $80 per ton for disposal. Padding will continue to be accepted for recycling.
Items Accepted: Foam padding.
Artificial: Undecorated artificial trees and wreaths can be recycled in the scrap metal container at the Convenience Area year-round.
Live: Undecorated live Christmas trees, wreaths and garland can be recycled at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Woodwaste area or curbside with your yard trim from December 25 through the third week in January.
Items Accepted: Clothing, curtains/drapes, sheets, blankets, towels, tablecloths, handbags, hats, belts, and paired shoes and socks.
Must be clean and dry. Have items that aren't wearable? Donate them! Many donation organizations partner with rag manufacturers.
Fire extinguishers, propane, helium, & oxygen tanks are accepted. Also consider returning tanks to the seller.
Residents disposing of construction, demolition and home improvement material (C&D waste) will be directed to weigh in at the scalehouse and will be charged $100/ton ($5 per 100 pounds) of waste. This includes deliveries mixed with household waste. For additional reuse and recycling options, please visit the Construction & Demolition Debris webpage.
Any type of liquid vegetable oil (peanut, corn, canola, olive etc.) is accepted. Please make sure that the cooking oil is not mixed with other fluids (water, petroleum products, soaps, etc.). Place the cooking oil in a container with a tight-fitting lid, metal or plastic containers are preferred. Vegetable oil that is mixed with small amounts of animal fats can be recycled as long as the amount of added animal fat has not caused the liquid to solidify. Visit the Used Cooking Oil webpage for more information.
Items Accepted: Computer monitors, CPUs, televisions, mice, keyboards, computer wires/cords/cables, cell phones, printers, small electronic appliances, laptops, scanners; miscellaneous circuit boards, chips, and cards, radios, VCRs, and other computer and electronic related accessories. Businesses may apply for a permit and bring a max of 10 electronics per day (2 CRT devices). Visit the Electronics webpage for more information.
Residents can drop-off food scraps for composting at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Pilot Composting Facility. Learn more about what is accepted and how the composting process works.
The HHW area is for Howard County residents only. HHW material is collected only on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm the first Saturday in April to the last Saturday in November. Visit the Household Hazardous Waste webpage for more information.
Items Accepted: Mattresses and box springs of all sizes. Please load vertically in trailer. No wet mattresses due to mold possibilities.
Items Accepted: Appliances, furnaces, air conditioners*, auto parts, bicycles, swing sets, mowers, window frames, copper piping, brass fixtures, aluminum siding, tire chains, light fixtures, microwaves, refrigerators*, sheet metal, tire rims, fencing, cable. NOTE: Drain motors of oil and fuel.
*Please place refrigerators and air conditioners in designated area, not in scrap metal container.
Items Accepted: Motor oil, oil filters and hydraulic oils (brake, transmission or power steering).
Don't just shuck 'em and chuck 'em. Bring your empty oyster and clam shells to Alpha Ridge Landfill for reuse. Shells will be picked up by the Oyster Recovery Partnership and taken to the Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery where they will be cleaned and reseeded with oyster larvae before being reintroduced into the Bay. Shells can also be taken to the Robinson Nature Center.
Paint is accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Area from April-November on Saturdays only. Solidified paint of any kind may be disposed with your household trash.
Did You Know? Paint can be solidified in the can at home by adding an absorbent material such as cat litter, shredded newspaper, leaves, sawdust or dirt. Or, if there isn't much paint left in the can, leave the lid off to air dry the paint. Once solidified, the paint can be disposed with your normal household trash, but remember the 40 pound limit for trash containers.
Items Accepted: 100% soft foam mattresses, cushions, and carpet padding (all colors).
Items Not Accepted: Plastic foam or rigid foam.
The following items can be mixed together in the blue "All Together Now" recycling compactors. Items must be empty. Lids, caps and labels should stay on containers.
Glass Bottles & Jars (all colors): Beverage bottles, mayonnaise jars, ketchup bottles, juice bottles, etc.
Cans & Aluminum Foil: Food and drink cans, EMPTY aerosol cans, aluminum foil and foil bakeware.
Plastic: Plastic bottles, tubs, jars and trays. Remember you do nothave to remove lids or caps. Please place large plastic items in the Rigid Plastic containers.
Paper: Milk cartons, juice boxes, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, food boxes, books, etc.
NO plasticized or food-coated paper
Visit Recycling Collection Details for more information.
Items Accepted (include but are not limited to): Plastic toys, playhouses, swimming pools, plastic buckets - including those with metal handles, plastic milk/soda crates, plastic laundry baskets, plastic lawn furniture, plastic coolers, plastic totes and sweater boxes, plastic drums, plastic pet carriers, plastic flower pots and trays (clean, no soil or plant material), plastic 5-gallon or larger water bottles, plastic garbage cans, plastic recycling bins, plastic shelving, plastic automotive parts - bed liners, bumpers, grills, etc., and plastic pallets.
Items Not Accepted: PVC pipe/tubing, vinyl siding, styrofoam or polystyrene, plastic medical waste, and plastics that have been contaminated by petroleum products and/or hazardous waste.
Visit the Rigid Plastics webpage for more information.
Collection of shingles at ARL will be temporarily suspended. The last day the County will accept asphalt roof shingles for recycling will be Friday, March 10, 2017. The new charge for asphalt shingle disposal will be the commercial tip fee rate of $80 per ton. Please stay tuned for updates.
Items Accepted: White foam packaging, clean cups, trays, food containers and egg cartons (all colors). Items must be marked with the number “6” in the recycling symbol. Foam items that have been in contact with food or drinks should be rinsed. More Details
Items Not Accepted: Foam packing peanuts (accepted at many retail shipping centers); straws, lids, tape or stickers; foam insulation materials; clamshell or non-foam #6 containers.
Items Accepted: Automobile and truck tires only. (Commercial haulers see Landfill Fee Schedule)
Items Not Accepted: Tires on rims, tires over 4' in diameter or over 15" in width.
NOTE: Rims can be recycled in the scrap metal container. Limit of 4 tires per year.
Howard County residents may dispose of unlimited quantities of household trash with a valid driver license. Residents disposing of unusually large quantities of household trash using a greater than 3/4 ton vehicle, or disposing of waste for someone else, may be required to obtain a Special Exception Permit.
Residents disposing of construction, demolition and home improvement waste will be charged the commercial tip fee ($65/ton). This includes deliveries mixed with household waste.
Items Accepted: Upholstered furniture, non-recyclable paper, heavy metal cable, styrofoam, pizza boxes, broken toys, and other household items.
Items Not Accepted: Recyclable materials such as rechargeable batteries, bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, usable building supplies, etc.
Items Accepted: Brush, small tree branches, pine cones, grass, leaves, untreated construction lumber (no nails), pallets, crates and Christmas trees.
A landfill employee will direct residents to the Wood Waste Area. Items must be debagged unless yard trim is contained in paper bags. Compost, topsoil and mulch is also available for purchase.
If you don't see your item listed above, check our What Should I Do With...? Page.
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