Alan Wilcom, Recycling Division Chief

Green Valentine's Day Tips

According to, $1.7 billion is spent on candy and $2.1 billion on flowers alone. Wowie! In 2019, try to "spend less waste" (aka spend less and create less waste). What can you do? Choose flowers that last. Be crafty with cards. Take a cooking class. Bake your own treats. Check out these other ideas and more ideas that might work for you and your sweetie(s)!

Presidents Day - Regular Collections

There will be REGULAR CURBSIDE COLLECTIONS on Monday, February 18th and for the rest of that week. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be OPEN 8am to 4pm. County Offices will be CLOSED. There are only 6 holidays that may affect your collection - New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

It's Award Time! Applications Due March 1!

The Business Recycling and Waste Reduction Award recognizes Howard County business for their recycling and waste reduction efforts in calendar year 2018. Awards will be based on the description of the recycling and waste reduction goals and accomplishments provided. 

The Green Community Leadership Award recognizes a community group or organization that demonstrates efforts, projects or programs that help protect Howard County’s natural environment and preserve its resources.

Awards will be presented at the Howard County GreenFest on April 13, 2019. Applications may be submitted via email or mail and must be received by March 1, 2019. All award determinations will be made by the County.


HHW Special Drop-Off Days

HHW drop-off at the Alpha Ridge Landfill is currently closed, but there will be special drop-off days on the first Saturday in March (March 2). Regular Saturday drop-off will resume in April.


Yard Trim Collection Ended

The last day of curbside yard trim collection was Friday, January 18th. Yard trim collection will resume in April. Residents can recycle yard trim at the Alpha Ridge Landfill WoodWaste area, Monday-Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Note: Yard trim collection runs from the first week in April through the third week in January.


Vinyl Siding Drop-Off at ARL

Now accepting vinyl building materials for recycling at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center (2350 Marriottsville Road). Click here for a handy chart of what can be recycled.


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Feed The Green Bin

11% Doesn't Belong...Test Your Skills

11% of the stuff Howard County residents think is recyclable and put in their blue bin...doesn't belong and ends up as trash.

How fast can you sort?? Drag & drop items to the correct place to see how much you "KNOW" Before You Throw. Play it again for new items too!

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