COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Alpha Ridge Landfill Updates - 4/9/2020

At this time the Alpha Ridge Landfill remains open with normal operating hours (Mon-Sat, 8am-4pm) but should ONLY be used by residents who do not have curbside collection service (either provided by the County or a private hauler). Currently, the landfill services are experiencing non-essential visits from residents in direct violation of Governor Larry Hogan’s ‘Stay at Home’ Executive order and are creating a strain on the reduced staff levels and services.

Residents with Household Hazardous Waste (corrosive, flammable, reactive or toxic products as pesticides, herbicides, degreasers etc.) will be able to bring material to Alpha Ridge Landfill’s Residents Convenience Center on Saturdays and Tuesdays, from 8am-4pm. Tuesdays are an added service day and will continue through this State of Emergency period, however we ask those that can wait to dispose of these items or paint to do so. A 10-vehicle limit has been instituted in the Resident’s Convenience during operating hours, please be patient and plan accordingly. Wait times can be one hour or greater at peak times and on Saturdays.

Please see our statement for a complete list of modifications at Alpha Ridge Landfill.

Curbside Collections & Alpha Ridge Landfill Updates - 4/1/2020

Curbside Collections

Operating Normally

  • Residents can continue to use all curbside collection services, as these are operating normally (trash, recycling, yard trim and food scraps, bulk items and scrap metal). Please avoid unnecessary trips to the Alpha Ridge Landfill. 
  • To limit exposure and to abide by Governor Hogan's latest 'Stay at Home' Executive Order, we have limited the availability of field staff resources. Please be patient and limit calls and emails to service-related issues only. Our office remains closed to the public. 
  • Be careful about how you bag your trash. Make sure that all trash bags are securely tied at the top and double bag any bags that have torn while filling. These measures will help us to reduce the spread of Covid-19 by protecting the health of our collection crews.


Alpha Ridge Landfill

Operating with Modifications 

  • The Alpha Ridge Landfill remains open but are encouraging residents to stay home and wait until the COVID-19 emergency is over before bringing items for disposal, recycling, or donation to the landfill. Please choose curbside collections whenever possible to avoid visiting the landfill. 
  • A limit of 10 vehicles at a time will be allowed access to the Residents’ Convenience Center. Be patient and expect delays, especially during high volume times. (Mondays and Saturdays between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm are often high-volume times.) Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are typically lighter in volume. 
  • All residential organic material sales and giveaways (compost, mulch, topsoil, and shredded wood) will be suspended on April 3rd until further notice. 


Services will continue to be evaluated as needed. We will continue to update our website and inform our residents regularly through our e-newsletter.

Commercial Disposal Update - 3/23/2020

Residents and Contractors may experience delays.  To avoid delays, the best times are between 8:00 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Historically, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays have been the days with the lightest landfill traffic.​

All commercial vehicles delivering solid waste to the Alpha Ridge Landfill are required to purchase a nontransferable commercial landfill permit at an annual charge; no commercial vehicles will be permitted to use the landfill without a permit. All permits are valid for the period from July 1st through June 30th.

Since July 2017, businesses no longer need a free permit to drop-off recycling. Small businesses may only bring material that was generated within Howard County.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Businesses that currently do not have a landfill permit should complete the permit application and e-mail a PDF of the permit application to  The billing address must be included.  You will receive a call when the permit is active.  The permit fee of $30 will be added to your first load. 

NOTE: As of July 1, 2015 the Commercial Solid Waste tip fee will be $80 per ton.

State of Emergency Changes - 3/20/2020

Shredding events scheduled for Saturday April 4th and Saturday April 11th have been CANCELED. Please check our New & Events webpage for future shredding dates.

State of Emergency Changes - 3/18/2020

  • Cash, Check and Credit Card sales have been discontinued.
  • Businesses will be billed based material type and tonnage to the address associated with their landfill permit. 
  • Residents with Construction/Demolition (C&D) material will not be charged. 
  • Residents with trailers or box trucks of material should still proceed to the scales, but all other residents should proceed through the Residents’ Convenience Center.
  • Sales of Compost and Topsoil will be limited to contractors with permits. 
  • Free shredded wood and chips program has expanded to include mulch as well.

Alan Wilcom, Recycling Division Chief

Call 410-313-6444 

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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
(while supplies last)shredded wood



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).

COVID-19 Update: While offices remain closed to the public, we are unable to accept certificates or distribute indoor recycling containers at this time. 


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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.