COVID-19 Updates 


All residential organic material is now available for residents and contractors. Credit card sales ONLY. No cash, check or debit will be accepted. Purchases must be made at the Barn in the Wood Waste Area. No sales will be made at the Scale House. Free distribution of Shredded Wood, 2019 HoCoGro Mulch and 5-gallon samples of all products will also be available.  

For a complete list of Alpha Ridge Landfill modifications click here.

This page is monitored daily. Last update 8/30/20.


NEW! 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.

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Alpha Ridge Landfill - Wood Waste Area

Residents and contractors may drop off brush, yard trim, grass, leaves, barn cleanings and wood chips at the wood waste drop-off area at Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Rd). This is a plastic free area. Please take your plastic bags and tarps with you. Material is processed into compost, mulch and topsoil. Learn more about our 14 acre composting facility at the Alpha Ridge Landfill.

For further information or to provide comments or suggestions, please call the Bureau of Environmental Services at 410-313-6444.


Free Shredded Wood 

(while supplies last)

shredded wood

Shredded wood is available for both contractors and residents at no cost at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (while supplies last). Availability is first come, first served.

Wood pieces range from less than 1/4" to 6" in size; a larger range than many mulch products. The material has been aged for a minimum of 60 days. It is comprised of fresh hardwood and softwood, but does contain some pallet or dry kiln material. This is not a color-treated product. The material is loose (not bagged). Loading small quantities in bags or containers is welcome.

Parties interested in more than two cubic yard, per visit, must obtain a Commercial Landfill Permit. Open-bed trucks or trailers can be loaded by County staff using loaders on site.

Residents may utilize the list of Delivery Contractors or use their own landscaper to pick up material.


Get your yard in tip-top shape!


We sell our products, including our HoCoGro Compost, by the cubic yard throughout the year. We even have a list of contractors who will deliver the product directly to your door.

Autumn is a great time to prepare your beds for the spring, or to aerate and top-dress your lawn with compost. Remember that by adding a diverse organic community to your lawn, you are encouraging the natural mineral-releasing biome in your soil. By top-dressing your lawn with compost instead of chemical fertilizers, you will strengthen and produce better and more disease resistant grass and garden plants.

With cool nights and moderately warm days, now is the time to put some topsoil down and reseed those bare spots in your lawn as well. For best results, both existing and new topsoil should have 5% or more organic matter to promote healthy root structure and improve water retention.