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.
Electronics Recycling at Alpha Ridge Landfill
As part of enhancements to the Residents' Convenience Center, temporary adjustments to the location of electronic recycling drop-off will take place between June and September 2020. Electronics are still being accepted near American Flag drop-off station.
This page is monitored and updated daily. Last update 6/30/20.
For a complete list of Alpha Ridge Landfill modifications click here.
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.
Beginning February 10, shredded wood will be available for both contractors and residents at no cost at the Alpha Ridge Landfill. Availability is first come, first served.
Learn more about this product and our other organic products here.
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.
Alpha Ridge Landfill accepts both residential and commercial waste, including recyclables, generated in Howard County ONLY. There are many signs located throughout the landfill and Residents' Convenience Center that tell you where to place materials. Please don't hesitate to ask one of our landfill staff members.
Howard County residents may dispose of household trash, household hazardous waste (Saturdays ONLY, April-November) and unlimited recyclable materials. Residents using the landfill are required to show their driver's licenses as proof of residence each time they enter the landfill. The new Maryland Driver's Licenses no longer indicate the county of residence and staff may need to use an address checker to confirm residency.
Residents may be required to apply for a Special Exception Permit if they are:
(1) using vehicles that exceed 3/4 ton capacity, or
(2) using commercially marked vehicles, or
(3) using rental vehicles, or
(4) disposing of unusually large quantities of household trash
Residents disposing of construction, demolition and home improvement waste will be charged the commercial tip fee ($4 per 100 pounds or $80/ton); items include carpet, treated lumber, drywall etc. Fees will be charged for deliveries mixed with household waste.
All commercial vehicles delivering solid waste to the landfill are required to purchase a nontransferable commercial landfill permit at an annual charge; no commercial vehicles will be permitted to use the landfill without a permit. Please visit our Commercial Permits page for more information and to apply. Completed permit applications must be emailed to email@example.com. 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.
What you may NOT bring or dispose of at the Landfill.
Details about the Alpha Ridge Landfill Gas to Energy project.
2021 Permit Renewals are being mailed July 1 and 2. This application will be pre-completed with all of your information. Please review and return to the e-mail address in the package. You will be given the opportunity to correct names, address, email address and update trucks. Billing for prompt permit renewals will be sent in July. Loads using 2020 permits will be accepted through July 31.
Contractors who do not have 2020 permits must complete a nontransferable commercial landfill permit and email the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All commercial vehicles delivering solid waste to the landfill are required to purchase a nontransferable commercial landfill permit at an annual charge; no commercial vehicles will be permitted to use the landfill without a permit. Completed permit applications must be emailed to email@example.com. If you do not have email access, you can drop the completed permit application in the mailbox located near the scalehouse at the landfill (DO NOT include payment with the form). 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.
Take a few minutes to SORT your waste. 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. Before you visit in person, use our virtual tour to learn more about the many recycling opportunities available here. Each scene provides detailed information about what is acceptable. Click on the 3D polygon in the top left corner to view in full screen. Please use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view.
Representatives from the American Legion Adams, Hanna, Moore Memorial Post 156, retrieve the flags and dispose of them in a dignified fashion as required by the U.S. Flag Code. Ceremonies are conducted 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 a 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 lead-acid batteries for automobiles, boats and motorcycles as well as those commonly found in ATVs and kid's powered vehicles.
Rechargeable batteries - see Household Hazardous Waste below. Visit the Battery webpage for more information.
Bring you reusable bicycles (with at least 16" wheels) to Alpha Ridge and give those bikes another life! Look for the Reusable Bicycle shed (please no tricycles or motorized bikes). Bikes are collected with help from the Glenwood Lions Club and donated to Bikes for the World. 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 collects new and reusable building materials for revitalizing low-income housing projects.
Items Accepted: Banisters, bathtubs, cabinets, countertops, 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.
Carpet is no longer accepted for recycling at the Convenience Area. Carpet is considered trash and will be charged $80 per ton for disposal.
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 $80/ton ($4 per 100 pounds) of waste. This includes deliveries mixed with household waste. For additional reuse and recycling options, please visit the