Alan Wilcom, Chief          
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

Questions? Email or call 410-313-6444

Historic Ellicott City CleanUp and Curbside Collections

New! One Day Drop-off Site

    On Saturday, August 27 from 8am to 2pm, there will be a temporary drop-off site at the Savage Volunteer Fire Company (upper event parking lot along Corridor Road).

    This site will accept:

      • Single-stream recycling (what is included in single-stream?)
      • Scrap metal
      • Household bagged trash (remember that all trash goes to a landfill. Be sure to recycle items you can and give them a second chance!)

    NOTE: Howard County residents only. Trash is limited to household bagged material (No bulk items or construction debris). No liquid material. Scrap metal and single stream material must be able to be lifted by the resident. No other material will be accepted.

Yard Trim Collection - No Plastic Bags

As of January 1, 2016, all curbside yard trim service has made the transition to plastic bag free collection. Howard County reminds residents to bundle material, or use paper bags and reusable containers for yard trim collection. Residents can earn a coupon for 10 free paper bags (one coupon per family, while supplies last).

Collection crews will not pick-up yard trim in plastic bags.

Residents should not use any type of plastic bag, including biodegradable plastic bags for grass, leaves, brush or branches. Why? Collection crews have a hard time differentiating between biodegradable plastic bags and regular plastic bags. In an effort to make collection routes efficient, we are not allowing residents to use any type of plastic bag, including biodegradable plastic bags for grass, leaves, brush or branches.

Recycling Overview

Want to know what to recycle?
Don't have a recycling cart/bin? click here
Want more? Purchase additional blue recycling carts and bins or green yard trim/food scrap carts

Check Your Collection Days

Find your recycling, yard trim and trash collection days here.

Outreach & Education

Recycling tours and presentations.
Lesson plans, kid's activities and recycling fun.

News and Upcoming Events

See what's coming up and what's new.

Holiday Schedule

Handy charts of holidays that may affect your collection.

What Should I Do With...?

Have something you don't know what to do with? Click here

Stay Informed

Monthly email of tips, holiday changes and events or sign up for HeadsUpHoward alerts. Follow us on Twitter @HoCoRecycles

Bulk Items & Scrap Metal

Schedule bulk pickup online. Call 410-313-6444 to schedule scrap metal collection.

Alpha Ridge Landfill

Recycle, donate and reuse more items at the Alpha Ridge Residents' Convenience Area.

Find What You Need

Here is a list of webpages for quick & easy access.

Printable Material

recycling brochure       Alpha Ridge Landfill Brochure      HHW brochure      Yard Trim Brochure      Trash Brochure      Compost Guide      Recycling Chart       Recycling Sign     
Spanish Recycling Guide       Spanish Trash Brochure      Korean Recycling Guide       Korean Trash Brochure     


Waste Management Recycle America
(recycling processor)

Recycling Processor      
          Recycling Commercial
Recycling Commercial