COVID-19 Updates

The Bureau of Environmental Services office is currently closed to the public.

The Alpha Ridge Landfill is open with modified operations.

All Compost Bin Demonstrations & Giveaways, Rain Barrel Demonstrations & Giveaways have been suspended until further notice.


Face coverings are required. Please continue to practice social distancing (6 ft)
Organic material sales resume. Credit card ONLY (no cash, check or debit)


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



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.  Check with landfill staff for exact location.


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Compost Demonstration Workshop Schedule for 2020 CANCELED (until further notice)

Ask questions and get how-to advice from Howard County Master Gardeners. Howard County residents who attend can receive a FREE composting bin. For more information and for the 2020 schedule, please see our website.


Rain Barrel Workshop Schedule for 2020- CANCELED (until further notice)

Howard County residents are eligible to attend a workshop and receive a free 55-gallon rain barrel (compliments of the County). For schedules and more details, please see our 2020 Flier.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection is held every Saturday (April-November) 8am to 4pm at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104). Residents are required to show their drivers licenses as proof of residence in Howard County. 


Monday, September 7- Labor Day Changes

There will be NO CURBSIDE COLLECTIONS on Monday, September 7th. Curbside collections of recycling, yard trim and trash will slide and be made one day later that week. 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. The Alpha Ridge Landfill and County offices will be CLOSED on Monday, September 7th.