Alan Wilcom, Recycling Division Chief

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Curbside Yard Trim Collection Resumes March 30

Starting the week of March 30, curbside yard trim collection will resume for residents in yard trim collection areas. During curbside yard trim season, Howard County will collect yard trim items ONLY on scheduled yard trim collection days. 

For collection rules, please see our website.


Free Shredded Wood at Alpha Ridge Landfill
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Beginning February 10, shredded wood will be available for both contractors and residents at no cost at the Alpha Ridge Landfill. Availability is first come, first served.

Learn more about this product and our other organic products here.

Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center Virtual Tour

Familiarize yourself with the Residents' Convenience Center before you visit! Use this virtual tour to learn more about the many recycling opportunities available to Howard County Residents. Each scene provides detailed information about what is acceptable. Click on the 3D polygon in the top left corner to view in full screen. Please use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view.

Interested in a guided tour? Learn more about scheduling tours of the Residents' Convenience Center and Composting Facility.


Is it recyclable? Trash? Household Hazardous Waste?

KBYT game

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 main office (9801 Broken Land Parkway) to receive a FREE indoor recycling collection container (Limit one per household while supplies last).


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Plastic Bags/Film Not Accepted in Recycling

Effective Saturday, June 15, 2019, any type of plastic bag/film will not 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). Plastic bags and film should be taken to your local retail or grocery store. Map of plastic bag/film recycling locations.

Click here for more information and FAQs.