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There will be regularly scheduled curbside collections. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be open Monday-Saturday, 8am to 4pm. In observance of Veterans Day, County offices will be closed on Monday, November 12.
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Here is a list of common items that can go in your curbside recycling containers. Click on and print the brochure to the left or visit our Curbside Recycling webpage.
Click on the brochure to the left or visit our What's Accepted webpage. The Alpha Ridge Landfill is located at 2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD and is open Monday-Saturday from 8am to 4pm for Howard County residents (just show your driver's license).
Visit our Know Before You Throw webpage for a list of items and what you should do with them. Does it go in your blue bin? Should it be taken to Alpha Ridge? Is there a retail take-back program? Is reuse best? Check it out!
Howard County provides ONE FREE recycling container to residents that receive curbside collection from the County. Containers are assigned to each address and MUST REMAIN AT THE HOUSE, even if the resident moves. You can put your street name and number on the container which will help it stay where it belongs. There are three options for containers: a 65-gallon cart, a 35-gallon cart or an 18-gallon bin.
65-gallon cart 35-gallon cart 18-gallon bin
The County can deliver a new cart or different size. We also fix broken cart wheels and lids. Contact the Recycling Division at 410-313-6444. Please be patient as we work to complete requests. Lost or stolen County-issued recycling container? Call us and we will replace it. Remember you can put your street name and number on the cart which will help it stay where it belongs.
Call 410-313-6444 or check out our online tool to find your collection days.
There are 6 holidays that may affect your curbside collections: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Trash, recycling and yard trim collections scheduled on or after these 6 holidays ONLY will 'slide' and be made one day later that week. No other holidays will be affected. Please remember, all items to be collected must be out by 6 a.m. on the day of collection. Print the 2018 holiday slide schedule
Howard County residents who receive County trash and recycling curbside collection service are eligible to purchase additional recycling containers for their homes. Residents must be paying the Howard County residential refuse fee to purchase containers. We are no longer able to sell carts and bins to residents who receive private collection.
18 gallon - $10.00 each
35 gallon - $40.00 each
65 gallon - $50.00 each
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According to PayItGreen.org, if 20% of American households switched from paper to electronic bills, statements and payments each year, the collective impact would:
To see the impact your household could have, check out this online calculator. For more information and benefits of paperless billing, check out this article from Greenbiz.com. Contact your current service providers and ask to start paperless billing today!
Please DO NOT flush unwanted medications down the toilet.
Once you have safely disposed of the medication, you can recycle your empty medicine bottles.
We have an online tool to check your collection days. Or, you can call 410-313-6444 or email help@HowardCountyRecycles.org for your recycling, yard trim and trash collection days.
Yes. Call 410-313-6444 to exchange your container for a different size. Please leave your bin/cart out and available until the exchange is made. If you live in a townhome community, please leave your bin/cart by your house for exchange and not in a grouping area. Residents do not need to be home for the swap.
There are typically two County-sponsored shredding events each year; one in the Spring (April) and one in the Fall (October). The News and Upcoming Events page will be updated with specific dates. Also check out our Paper Shredding page for tips and event details.
The best way to recycle your bags/film is to take them to a grocery or retail store. Most local grocery stores, and retail stores, such as IKEA, Wal-Mart and Target, have collection containers for plastic bags and film. This option ensures that the items stay clean and dry and can be recycled.
Why shouldn't I put bags in my curbside bin?
Loose bags, and even bundled bags, can get wrapped around recycling equipment and jam the screens at the processor. Plastic bags can do A LOT of damage to the curbside recycling processor equipment. TIP: Reduce the amount of plastic bags you have by using reusable bags.
Do the grocery and retail stores actually recycle the plastic bags?
Yes! Many collection locations are contracted with companies that specialize in recycling plastic bags and film to make plastic 'wood' decking. Their processing equipment is specifically designed for plastic bags and film, which helps to ensure that the bags stay clean and dry.
What items are included in plastic bags and film?
Not sure if your bag or film can be recycled in your bag-of-bags? Do the stretch test! If you can stretch the plastic film/bag pretty easily, it can be recycled at your local store. If the plastic is crinkly or does not easily stretch, it should go in the trash. The plastic wrap from CD cases is a good example of crinkly, non-stretchable plastic that should be trashed.
Unfortunately, once items are in the back of the trash, recycling or yard trim truck, it's very difficult to retrieve them. Please take extra precautions to guarantee that items of value do not accidentally get placed with your trash or recycling.
At this time, we ONLY accept Styrofoam™ #6 at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Convenience Center. Do not add Styrofoam to your curbside recycling. We've compiled a list of organizations that reuse or recycle Styrofoam™ cups, packaging and peanuts. Please see our Know Before You Throw webpage for details. Note: We understand that this can be confusing because most Styrofoam™ has the recycling symbol. Please remember that the symbol and number is a resin identification code and doesn't mean that the item can be recycled.
1) WMRA Elkridge
Schedule a tour of Waste Management Recycle America located at 7175 Kit Kat Road in Elkridge. Please note this tour is only available for people 18 and older. This tour lasts about an hour. Tours are scheduled as requested and must be groups of at least 6, with a maximum of 15. If you are not able to form a group, you can be added to an existing tour. Call 410-313-6444 for a tour schedule.
2) WMRA Capital Heights
Schedule a tour of Waste Management Recycle America located in Capital Heights. This is the sister facility to the processor in Elkridge, but has a viewing platform that's great for kids of all ages. This facility is located at 1000 Ritchie Road, Capital Heights, 20743 and the phone number to schedule a tour is 301-499-1707.
3) Alpha Ridge Landfill Tour
Schedule a tour of Alpha Ridge Landfill. A Recycling Coordinator will guide your group around Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Area to discuss what is collected and what happens to all those items. Many things are reused or recycled, but trash is collected too. The group may also tour the Compost Demo Area and Transfer Building. Did you know most of Howard County's trash is exported to a landfill in VA? Call 410-313-6444 to schedule.
4) Recycling Presentation
Schedule a recycling presentation. A Recycling Coordinator will discuss the ins and outs of recycling, as well as provide an inside look at what happens to all those things we recycle. Here's the video if you'd like to check it out! Call 410-313-6444 to schedule.
The trucks for residential trash and recycling will clear the curb of material. If something is at the curb or grouping area, they assume it is to be picked up for trash or recycling. If you need to set out items for charity or other pickups, please make arrangements for a pickup spot other than your normal trash/recycling pickup area. This will ensure items end up where they were intended.
Hold a paint swap with neighbors and friends so that usable paint doesn't go to waste. Mix white (or colored) paints together to give your walls or furniture a fresh look. Solidify old and unusable paint by adding an absorbent material such as cat litter, shredded newspaper or sawdust. If there isn't much paint left in the can, leave the lid off to air dry. Once solidified, the paint can be disposed with your normal household trash, but remember the 40 pound limit for trash containers. Paint can also be brought to Alpha Ridge Landfill during a HHW drop-off day or you can contact Yuck Old Paint and ask for a pickup.
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