Alan Wilcom, Recycling Division Chief



Columbus Day - Regular Collections

On Monday, October 14th, there will be REGULAR curbside collection of recycling, yard trim, food scraps and trash. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be OPEN from 8am to 4pm. County offices will be CLOSED on Columbus Day. Here are the 6 holidays that may affect your curbside collections.

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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. This includes: grocery/retail bags, mattress/furniture covers, newspaper bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, plastic wrap from toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, bottles of water, etc., produce bags, frozen food 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.

Click here for more information and FAQs.


Have Some Fun

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!

Are You Recycling Correctly?

New Recycling ChartWe need your help! Take a minute to evaluate what you are recycling.  Contaminated or improper materials cause problems at recycling processors and downgrades the end product. 

HHW Drop-Off April-November

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days at the Alpha Ridge Landfill are on SATURDAYS ONLY from April through November.

Compost & Rain Barrel Demos

The 2019 schedule for compost and rain barrel gardens is now posted on our News and Upcoming Events webpage. Check it out! These amazing sessions are offered in partnership with our local Master Gardeners.