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

Questions? Email or call 410-313-6444

Book Donation to Ghana

New! Donate Books for Columbia’s Sister City Tema in Ghana! Career-oriented, vocational and self-help books are requested. Books can be dropped off on Saturdays from 10am-2pm at the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Suite G-16 (the former Lakeside Deli) until Saturday, December 3. If you would like to assist in the cost of shipment, you can make a tax-deductible donation at For more information or to arrange to drop-off books during the week, please call Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or email:

Goodwill at Alpha Ridge Landfill

Starting November 7th, there will be a Goodwill truck at the Alpha Ridge Landfill on Mondays from 8:30am to 3:30pm. As usual, there will also be a truck in the lower area by the gazebo on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Note: Furniture will be accepted on a limited basis and at the discretion of the Goodwill attendant. It's best to take furniture to one of their stores for donation. Learn more about the used goods they collect for donation.

Feeding the Green Bin Is Even Easier!

Residents in our Feed The Green Bin program can now add meats, fats and dairy to their green collection carts. Participation is so simple and easy - just put all your food scraps together in your green bin! Learn more and see if you're in the collection area on our Feed The Green Bin webpage. 

Yard Trim Collection - No Plastic Bags

All curbside yard trim service has made the transition to plastic bag free collection. Collection crews will not pick-up yard trim items in any type of plastic bags. Howard County reminds residents to bundle material, or use paper bags and reusable containers for yard trim collection.

Earn a coupon for 10 free paper bags (one coupon per family, while supplies last) by completing an online survey. Many local and online retailers also sell paper bags. Here is an information sheet, including retail locations that sell paper yard trim bags.

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

Sign up for a monthly email of tips, holiday changes and events. 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     


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