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

Questions? Email or call 410-313-6444


    Curbside yard trim collection will resume Monday, March 12, three weeks ahead of schedule, to accommodate residents impacted by this past weekend's wind storm. Please remember, yard trim items should be placed in paper bags or reusable containers (plastic bags are not accepted), or tied or bundled with sturdy string that will not break. Each item may not exceed 40 pounds and branches must be 4 inches or less in diameter and less than 4 feet in length. Bundles of branches must not exceed 18 inches in diameter. If you are not sure whether you receive curbside yard trim collection, please visit our yard trim webpage and click on the "find your collection days" link.

    Additionally, starting Wednesday, March 7, drop-off locations will be set up at Howard County Recreation and Parks' Western Regional Park (14800 Carrs Mill Rd, Woodbine, MD), Schooley Mill Park (12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland, MD) and North Laurel Community Center (9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD) where Howard County residents may dispose of yard trim debris ONLY. Marked by signage, these three sites will be open daily from March 7 to March 21, 8:00 a.m. to dusk for yard trim debris only.

    The Alpha Ridge Landfill's Wood Waste Area is available for residents to drop off material, Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m

Compost Demonstration Schedule

    Attend a compost demo for how-to advice by Howard County Master Gardeners. Feed your garden organically, recycle kitchen scraps and yard trimmings and improve your soil's health! FREE compost bins for Howard County residents. More

Yard Trim Collection

    Collection will resume early on March 12, 2018. Residents in the Feed the Green Bin area recieve year-round yard trim and food scrap collection.

HHW drop-off resumes in April on Saturdays only at Alpha Ridge Landfill.

You may think you know....but do you? 

Are You Recycling Right?

Take our quiz and earn a free gift! If you want to 'freshen' up...check out Recycling Collection Details and The Alpha Ridge Residents' Convenience Center webpages for tips and facts!

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

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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.

Howard County Employee Recycling

County employees recycle just like you do at home!

Printable Material

             HHW brochure            Recycling chart   Recycling Sign     
Yard Trim Brochure      Trash Brochure      Compost Guide       
Spanish Recycling Guide       Spanish Trash Brochure      Korean Recycling Guide       Korean Trash Brochure       


Waste Management Recycle America
(recycling processor)

          My New Bin!
(recycling commercial)