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Plastic Bags/Film - Not Accepted in Recycling

Effective Saturday, June 15, 2019, any type of plastic bags/film will no longer be accepted in recycling. Items placed out for recycling, should be loose in the county assigned recycling bin/cart (plastic bagged recyclables will not be collected curbside). Plastic bags and film should be taken to your local retail or grocery store. Map of plastic bag/film recycling locations.

Why the change?  Plastic bags and plastic film get wrapped around recycling equipment and jam the sorting screens. Small plastic fragments also become air- and water-borne litter. Due to these factors, our contracted processor will not accept plastic bags or plastic filmThis includes loose and bundled plastic bags. Watch our No Plastic Bags video.

All plastic bags and film are not acceptable in curbside recycling. This includes: Grocery/retail bags, Mattress/furniture covers, Newspaper bags, Bread bags, Dry cleaning bags, Plastic wrap from toilet paper rolls, napkins, paper towels, bottles of water, etc., Produce bags, Frozen vegetable bags, Food storage bags, Bubble wrap and Air filled bags for packaging.

Residents with County-provided service received a postcard in the mail alerting them of this change.

In addition, 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.

Click here for more information and FAQs

August

Saturday, August 3 - Compost Demos

There will be a compost and rain barrel demonstration from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Alpha Ridge Landfill by the gazebo. Howard County residents can pick up a free backyard compost bin and get tips from Master Gardeners. Howard County residents are also eligible to receive a free 55-gal barrel (with cut-outs for fittings) to be used as a rain barrel (one barrel per address, please) compliments of the County. Proof of county residence is required. Resident must buy fittings, assemble and install the rain barrel. Rain barrel must be used in Howard County.

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners in the Enchanted Garden at the Miller Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners at the Robinson Nature Center from 11:00am to 1:00pm. No fee required to come to the compost demonstration area in the upper parking lot. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.


Saturday, August 10 - Goodwill at ARL

A Goodwill truck will be at the Alpha Ridge Landfill on Mondays and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 3:30pm. Donate used clothes, toys, housewares and small appliances to keep those good items out of the trash Note: Furniture will be accepted on limited basis and at the discretion of the Goodwill attendant. It's best to take furniture to one of their stores for donation. Visit Goodwill.org for details about what they will accept.


Saturday, August 17 - Compost Demo

There will be a compost and rain barrel demonstration from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Alpha Ridge Landfill by the gazebo. Howard County residents can pick up a free backyard compost bin and get tips from Master Gardeners. Howard County residents are also eligible to receive a free 55-gal barrel (with cut-outs for fittings) to be used as a rain barrel (one barrel per address, please) compliments of the County. Proof of county residence is required. Resident must buy fittings, assemble and install the rain barrel. Rain barrel must be used in Howard County.

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners in the Enchanted Garden at the Miller Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners at the Glenwood Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.


Monday, August 19 - Compost Demo

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners in the Enchanted Garden at the Miller Branch Library from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.


Saturday, August 24 - Goodwill at ARL

A Goodwill truck will be at the Alpha Ridge Landfill on Mondays and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 3:30pm. Donate used clothes, toys, housewares and small appliances to keep those good items out of the trash Note: Furniture will be accepted on limited basis and at the discretion of the Goodwill attendant. It's best to take furniture to one of their stores for donation. Visit Goodwill.org for details about what they will accept.

July

Saturday, July 20 - Compost Demo & Rain Barrel Demo

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners in the Enchanted Garden at the Miller Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.

There will be a compost and rain barrel demonstration from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Alpha Ridge Landfill by the gazebo. Howard County residents can pick up a free backyard compost bin and get tips from Master Gardeners. Howard County residents are also eligible to receive a free 55-gal barrel (with cut-outs for fittings) to be used as a rain barrel (one barrel per address, please) compliments of the County. Proof of county residence is required. Resident must buy fittings, assemble and install the rain barrel. Rain barrel must be used in Howard County.

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners at the Glenwood Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.


Saturday, July 27 - Goodwill at ARL

A Goodwill truck will be at the Alpha Ridge Landfill on Mondays and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 3:30pm. Donate used clothes, toys, housewares and small appliances to keep those good items out of the trash Note: Furniture will be accepted on limited basis and at the discretion of the Goodwill attendant. It's best to take furniture to one of their stores for donation. Visit Goodwill.org for details about what they will accept.

September

Monday, September 2 - Labor Day Changes

There will be NO CURBSIDE COLLECTIONS on Monday, September 2nd. All curbside collections of recycling, yard trim and trash will slide and be made one day later the week of Memorial day. Bulk item collection will slide with trash collection. Scrap metal collection will remain as scheduled and will not slide. Please place all items out by 6am to ensure collection. Collections will return to normal on Monday, September 9. The Alpha Ridge Landfill and County offices will be closed on Labor Day.


Saturday, September 7 - Compost Demo & Rain Barrel Demo

There will be a compost and rain barrel demonstration from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Alpha Ridge Landfill by the gazebo. Howard County residents can pick up a free backyard compost bin and get tips from Master Gardeners. Howard County residents are also eligible to receive a free 55-gal barrel (with cut-outs for fittings) to be used as a rain barrel (one barrel per address, please) compliments of the County. Proof of county residence is required. Resident must buy fittings, assemble and install the rain barrel. Rain barrel must be used in Howard County.

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners in the Enchanted Garden at the Miller Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.


Saturday, September 14 - Goodwill at ARL

A Goodwill truck will be at the Alpha Ridge Landfill on Mondays and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 3:30pm. Donate used clothes, toys, housewares and small appliances to keep those good items out of the trash Note: Furniture will be accepted on limited basis and at the discretion of the Goodwill attendant. It's best to take furniture to one of their stores for donation. Visit Goodwill.org for details about what they will accept.


Saturday, September 21 - Compost Demo & Rain Barrel Demo

There will be a compost and rain barrel demonstration from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Alpha Ridge Landfill by the gazebo. Howard County residents can pick up a free backyard compost bin and get tips from Master Gardeners. Howard County residents are also eligible to receive a free 55-gal barrel (with cut-outs for fittings) to be used as a rain barrel (one barrel per address, please) compliments of the County. Proof of county residence is required. Resident must buy fittings, assemble and install the rain barrel. Rain barrel must be used in Howard County.

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners in the Enchanted Garden at the Miller Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners at the Glenwood Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.


Sunday, September 22 - Open House Robinson Nature Center

There will be a special compost demonstration at the Robinson Nature Center from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


Saturday, September 28 - Goodwill at ARL

A Goodwill truck will be at the Alpha Ridge Landfill on Mondays and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 3:30pm. Donate used clothes, toys, housewares and small appliances to keep those good items out of the trash Note: Furniture will be accepted on limited basis and at the discretion of the Goodwill attendant. It's best to take furniture to one of their stores for donation. Visit Goodwill.org for details about what they will accept.

October

Saturday, October 5 - Compost Demo

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners in the Enchanted Garden at the Miller Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.


Saturday, October 12 - Shredding Event

There will be a shredding event (rain or shine) for Howard County residents at the Gary Arthur Community Center (2400 State Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723) from 9am to 1pm*. Residents may bring up to 3 bags or boxes of paper to be shredded. Please only bring items that contain personal information. Junk mail, catalogs and office paper can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin. *or until trucks are full.


Saturday, October 12 - Compost Demo

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners at the Robinson Nature Center from 11:00am to 1:00pm. No fee required to come to the compost demonstration area in the upper parking lot. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.


Saturday, October 12 - Goodwill at ARL

A Goodwill truck will be at the Alpha Ridge Landfill on Mondays and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 3:30pm. Donate used clothes, toys, housewares and small appliances to keep those good items out of the trash Note: Furniture will be accepted on limited basis and at the discretion of the Goodwill attendant. It's best to take furniture to one of their stores for donation. Visit Goodwill.org for details about what they will accept.


Saturday, October 19 - Shredding Event

There will be a shredding event (rain or shine) for Howard County residents at the Long Gate Park & Ride (5000 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043) from 9am to 1pm*. Residents may bring up to 3 bags or boxes of paper to be shredded. Please only bring items that contain personal information. Junk mail, catalogs and office paper can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin. *or until trucks are full.


Saturday, October 19 - Compost Demo

There will be a compost demonstration led by the Master Gardeners in the Enchanted Garden at the Miller Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Howard County residents can learn about composting and pick up a free backyard compost bin.


Saturday, October 26 - Goodwill at ARL

A Goodwill truck will be at the Alpha Ridge Landfill on Mondays and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 3:30pm. Donate used clothes, toys, housewares and small appliances to keep those good items out of the trash Note: Furniture will be accepted on limited basis and at the discretion of the Goodwill attendant. It's best to take furniture to one of their stores for donation. Visit Goodwill.org for details about what they will accept.