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

Questions? Email or call 410-313-6444

The last day for curbside yard trim collection was Friday, January 13, 2017.

Martin Luther King Day

    There will be REGULAR collections on Monday, January 16th. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be open from 8am to 4pm. Our main offices on Columbia Gateway Drive will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day. For a list of affected holidays, visit our Holiday Slide Webpage.

Coloring Book Design Contest

    Calling all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders! You’re invited to participate in our Recycling Coloring Book Contest. Show how you practice the three R’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle) at home or at school. The top 13 drawings will be featured in a coloring book, with the “best in show” appearing on the cover. Please see entry form for more details. Hurry! Entries must be received by February 17.

Food For Thought Survey

    Test your knowledge about food preservation, food insecurity and proper food storage in an effort to limit food waste. After you complete the survey, print out the coupon to earn a bundle of free reusable produce bags. These bags keep produce crisp and fresh in the fridge AND can be used at the grocery store instead of plastic produce bags. Learn more about the bags and proper food storage.

Merry Mulch Your Holiday Tree

    You can help keep thousands of trees out of the landfill by placing you tree at the curb on recycling day or by taking your tree to a Merry Mulch drop-off site. These trees will be mulched and given a new life. Check out the list of drop-off sites and more information.

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. 

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.

Howard County Employee Recycling

County employees recycle just like you do at home!

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      
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Recycling Commercial