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2016 Monthly E-Newsletters

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Yard Trim Collection - No Plastic Bags

All curbside yard trim service has made the transition to plastic bag free collection. Collection crews will not pick-up yard trim items in any type of plastic bags. Howard County reminds residents to bundle material, or use paper bags and reusable containers for yard trim collection.

Earn a coupon for 10 free paper bags (one coupon per family, while supplies last) by completing an online survey. Many local and online retailers also sell paper bags. Here is an information sheet, including retail locations that sell paper yard trim bags.

September 2016



    Sat, September 24 – Compost Demo


    Fri, September 30 -Compost Facility Tour

      There will be a tour of the Alpha Ridge Landfill Compost Facility on Friday, September 30th at 4:30pm. To learn more about the site, please visit our Compost Facility webpage.

October 2016


    Sat, October 1 - Rain Barrel Workshop

      Howard County residents are eligible to receive a free 55-gal. plastic barrel with cut-outs for fittings, to be used for a rain barrel (one free barrel per address, please). Residents must buy fittings and assemble the rain barrels. Rain barrel must be used in Howard County. Workshops are ongoing, 9 am – 11 am on the first and third Saturday at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Rd). The workshops are held at the gazebo, just inside the entrance to the landfill. There will be no workshop on April 16 (GreenFest) or July 2.


    Sat, October 8 - Compost Demos


    Mon, October 10 - Columbus Day

      There will be REGULAR COLLECTIONS on Columbus Day. For a list of affected holidays, visit our Holiday Schedule webpage. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be OPEN 8am to 4pm.


    Sat, October 15 - Shredding Event

      Howard County residents can bring up to 3 bags or boxes of paper to be shredded on-site at the Long Gate Park & Ride (exit 1A off of 100) from 9am to 1pm. Learn about items you should shred and those that you can save your time by just recycling.


    Sat, October 15 – Compost Demos & Rain Barrel Workshop

      The Master Gardeners will offer a compost demonstration at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Road) from 9am to 11am near the gazebo at the entrance. For more information, https://extension.umd.edu or email mgcompostdemo@verizon.net.

      The Master Gardeners will offer a compost demonstration at Robinson Nature Center from 10am-noon in the parking lot (no fee required). For more information, visit https://extension.umd.edu or email mgcompostdemo@verizon.net.

      Howard County residents are eligible to receive a free 55-gal. plastic barrel with cut-outs for fittings, to be used for a rain barrel (one free barrel per address, please). Residents must buy fittings and assemble the rain barrels. Rain barrel must be used in Howard County. Workshops are ongoing, 9 am – 11 am on the first and third Saturday at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Rd). The workshops are held at the gazebo, just inside the entrance to the landfill. There will be no workshop on April 16 (GreenFest) or July 2.


    Mon, October 31 - 50+ Expo

      Come see the Recycling Division at the 50+ Expo from 9am to 4pm at Wilde Lake High School. We'll be in Exhibit Hall B with lots of free goodies and environmental tips that everyone will benefit from! For more details, please visit www.howardcountymd.gov/aging. 

November 2016


    Fri, November 11 - Veteran's Day

      There will be REGULAR COLLECTIONS on Veteran's Day. For a list of affected holidays, visit our Holiday Schedule webpage. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be OPEN 8am to 4pm.


    Thurs, November 24 - Thanksgiving

      There will be NO COLLECTIONS on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday and Friday recycling, yard trim & trash collection will slide and be made one day later this week. For a handy chart of collections, visit our Holiday Schedule webpage. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

December 2016


    Sun, December 25 - Christmas Day

      For 2016, Christmas Day will be observed on Monday, December 26. There will be NO COLLECTIONS on Monday, December 26. All recycling, yard trim & trash collection will slide and be made one day later this week. For a handy chart of collections, visit our Holiday Schedule webpage. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be CLOSED on Monday, December 26.