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Milk cartons? Plastic bags? Cooking oil?
Do you Know Before You Throw? Test your skills! Click and move the items to the correct place in our updated game to see what actually goes in your recycling bin. Learn about the other outlets we have to reduce, reuse and recycle your stuff.
Print your certificate and bring it to our office (9801 Broken Land Parkway) to receive a FREE indoor recycling collection container (Limit one per household, while supplies last).
Download our New Residents Packet for all information related to curbside collections and Alpha Ridge Landfill.
Before disposal, explore our reuse, recycle and donation options first.
Do your neighbors have green bin? Certain areas receive year-round curbside food scrap and yard trim collection through our Feed The Green Bin program. See if you're in our collection area and sign up today.
Recycle your holiday tree! Your participation in the Merry Mulch program helps keep thousands of trees out of the landfill. Residents with curbside yard trim collection can place their trees out for pickup on their collection day. If curbside yard trim collection is not available, trees may be taken to any Merry Mulch drop-off in the County. For more information, please visit our Merry Mulch page.
Leave grass clippings on your lawn to return nutrients to the soil and improve lawn quality. Grasscycling will not cause thatch, damage your lawn or spread disease; in fact, lawn care professionals recommend grasscycling for a greener, healthier lawn! Grasscycling also helps our streams and even the Chesapeake Bay! See GrassCycling for more information.
Mix leaves, grass clippings and vegetable refuse together and watch the natural decomposition process turn waste into black gold. Call 410-313-6444 for a free composting instruction kit (compost bins available while supplies last). Compost demonstrations are offered April - October. Visit our Backyard Composting webpage for more information.
Rakers (residents who rake and bag their leaves/grass) are matched with TAKERS (people who want leaves/grass for compost piles). Leaves provide a carbon amendment to compost piles and if left on your gardens, will break down to give you a rich, healthy soil. For more, see the Rake and Take Flier or visit the Master Gardeners' website.
You can recycle grass, leaves and brush at the Alpha Ridge Wood Waste Drop-off Area, Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proof of Howard County residency required. Plastic bags are NOT accepted at the Wood Waste Drop-off Area.
Howard County provides residents with one free recycling container. Containers are assigned to each address and must remain at the house, even if the resident moves. Residents may put their street name and number on the container which will help it stay where it belongs. County-provided recycling carts are for recycling only NO yard trim or trash will be collected in these carts.
There are three options for containers:
Howard County residents who receive County trash and recycling curbside collection service are eligible to purchase additional recycling containers for their homes. Residents must be paying the Howard County residential refuse fee to purchase containers. We are no longer able to sell carts and bins to residents who receive private collection.
18 gallon - $10.00 each
35 gallon - $40.00 each
65 gallon - $50.00 each
See more details on the following form.