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This page is monitored and updated daily. Last update 8/30/20.
According to a Howard County study, almost 30% of what we send to the landfill could be composted and turned into a valuable product! Our Feed The Green Bin collection is an optional program that allows residents to help divert this waste.
Did you know? Howard County was the first in the Mid Atlantic to start collecting food scraps and yard trim together for composting. Our first "mini pilot" was launched in 2010, and after review, a pilot program was offered to a 5,000 household collection route in Ellicott City and Elkridge. The pilot was well-received, with roughly 1,750 households signed up to participate. Since the pilot, over 14,000 residents have decided to join in this amazing program! Our Feed the Green Bin program is now available in 6 collection routes. Once we have additional composting capacity we will be able to add even more collection routes.
Do your neighbors have a green bin? We might already be in your area! See if you’re in our collection area and sign up today.
Not in our collection area?
Step 1: Choose your size.
We offer 3 sizes of green carts: a 12-gallon, 35-gallon and 65-gallon cart. If your household is small and/or doesn't generate many food scraps, the 12-gallon is probably the best size for you. If you have a larger household, generate more food scraps, and/or plan to add yard trim to your green cart, the larger 35 or 65-gallon cart is best. Please remember these carts should primarily be used for food scraps, but yard trim material can be added as a supplement as well.
Step 2: Collect kitchen scraps
We offer a small lidded countertop container to collect your kitchen scraps. These containers are for indoor use only and should NOT be set out for collection. Residents in our program may pick one up at our office (9801 Broken Land Parkway). Paper bags and certified compostable bags can also be used for food scraps. No plastic bags will be accepted.
Step 3: Set out for collection
Your cart will be emptied weekly by the yard trim truck. Be sure to place items at the curb before 6am on your collection day. Indoor containers should not be placed at the curb.
Collection is year-round, so continue to set out material even in the winter!
Food scraps and yard trim are turned into compost (a valuable soil amendment) at Alpha Ridge Landfill. HoCoGro compost, mulch and topsoil are available for purchase. Visit our page for pricing and other information.
Check your collection days Collection Look-up Tool.
Introduction to Food Scraps
Indoor Containers to Use
Indoor Collection Tips
Green Cart Basics
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