The State of Maryland mandated that weekly recycling services be provided by all apartment and condominium properties with 10 or more units (learn more about the regulation here and here).

Managers or other responsible parties for properties located in Howard County must submit a Recycling Plan to Howard County’s Recycling Division. Plans will be reviewed for completeness and adequacy, amended (where necessary) and then approved by the County. Recycling Plans must be completed by ALL properties covered under this law. 

If the property changes hands, the new owner (or their representative) must complete a new Recycling Plan and submit it to the Recycling Division as soon as possible upon taking ownership of the property.

Each affected property must collect all:

  • paper
  • cardboard
  • plastic bottles
  • aluminum/metal cans
  • glass

The Maryland State law and accompanying County Code do not provide for exceptions to this list of recyclables that must be collected at affected apartment and condominium properties.

Recycling PlanTo help prepare your plan, please complete a Recycling Plan.


If you are the responsible party for a condominium property that wishes to receive recycling collection from Howard County’s Bureau of Environmental Services, please call Mark Kreis, Chief, Collections Division at (410) 313-6444.









Work Green FormCompletion of the annual report form is mandatory for all apartments and condos that are required to provide recycling.


For questions or concerns, please contact Kimberly Reichart at (410) 313-6442 or









Ideas For Outreach

Here are some sample signs and stickers that can be used to educate and inform residents about recycling. You may have a variety of cultures and languages in your complex so remember to take that into account. Pictures and graphics are great and simple is better! Be sure to talk with your hauler about what is acceptable for recycling as programs can vary. They may also have education material to get everyone on board.


 Detailed Yes No List 2020Know Before You Throw GraphicKnow Before You Throw Sign     




recycling only signrecycling only sign spanishNo Plastic Bags, Film or Wrap


Tips For Success

To encourage residents to recycle, make it easy! Place a recycling bin next to each trash can, making sure to clearly label each container.


Need help?


We realize this process may be new to you so please call us for help! If you have questions or need more information about this requirement, please contact Kim Reichart, Recycling Coordinator at (410) 313-6442 or