Business Recycling

Businesses play an important role in the success of any community's recycling programs and initiatives. Every type of business, from offices to restaurants to car washes and sport complexes, create materials that can be recycled. The following information will help your business implement a successful recycling program.

NOTE: Howard County does not sponsor or endorse any businesses or programs. These options are provided as resources only.


Work Green Howard


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By 2020, Howard County is targeting a 60% recycling rate as required by State law and must report our progress annually to the Maryland Department of the Environment. The reporting process is simple and we now call it "Work Green Howard". 


2020 Green Awards

"Business Recycling & Waste Reduction" and "Green Community Leadership" awards to be presented at GreenFest 2020.


The Business Recycling & Waste Reduction Award recognizes Howard County businesses for their efforts during calendar year 2019. The Green Community Leadership Award recognizes a Howard County-based community group or organization that demonstrates efforts, projects or programs that help protect Howard County's natural environment and preserve its resources. 

Awards will be presented at GreenFest 2020.

Congratulations 2019 Winners!

At Howard County’s 12th annual GreenFest on Saturday, April 13, the County’s Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Environmental Services announced the winners of its 2nd annual “Business Recycling and Waste Reduction” and “Green Community Leadership” awards. Award winners received certificates signed by the County Executive, framed in one-of-a-kind picture frames crafted by a Maryland artist from reclaimed Ocean City boardwalk lumber. “Business Recycling and Waste Reduction” award winners will also become certified Work Green Howard businesses.



2019 winners

Greening Your Business

Getting Started

All businesses can benefit financially, socially and environmentally from a successful recycling program. Follow these steps to start greening your business.


Collection Options

A quick online search pulled up these collection options for businesses. You may want to search on your own to find your best fit.

Advanced Disposal
American Disposal Services
Bates Trucking & Trash Removal Inc
Burch Trash Service
Georgtown Paper Stock
J&J Trash Service
MBG Enterprises
Republic Services
Waste Management

Waste Prevention

  • Buy only what the business needs
  • Shop for items with minimal packaging
  • Buy quality items that will last
  • Think before you print. If you must print, print double-sided
  • Donate unwanted items
  • Shred when REALLY needed Shredding paper cuts the paper fibers so that the paper cannot be recycled as many times. Only shred those documents that contain personal/confidential information and truly require shredding. This saves the paper fibers and saves you time at the shredder. 
  • Renovating? Expanding? Moving? There are many resources for reusing and recycling office furniture, office supplies and C&D debris. Here's an article about the benefits! Buy used, get rid of and refurbish old items: ReFormGerstel Office Furniture, Omega Trading Company or Schoenbauer.  For construction and renovation options, please visit our C&D webpage.


Close the Loop - Buy Recycled

All of those recyclables you put in the recycling container need a market. Encourage your purchasing department to buy supplies that are made from recycled materials. Prices for items made from recycled material are usually very close, if not cheaper, than items made from virgin materials.

Hazardous Waste in the Work Place

The EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) announced the availability of an updated version of their targeted small business guide: “Managing Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses.”

This handbook provides an overview of the federal hazardous waste regulations to give small business owners and operators a basic understanding of their hazardous waste management responsibilities. It answers questions like “Do hazardous waste regulations apply to me?” “How do I know which generator category I am?” and “What kinds of requirements do I have to follow?” This handbook will help small businesses get on the road to proper hazardous waste management, a critical step in protecting human health and the environment.

Food Scrap Recycling

Learn more about food waste recycling on the EPA's Food Scrap website.

Business Composting: Want to start a compost program at work? Visit The Natural Resources Defense Council to learn more about food waste collection. And, check out these food waste contractors: Bates Trucking, Compost CrewEnviRelation, Veteran Compost or Waste Neutral.

Event Composting: Want to compost at an event? Check out the Northeast Recycling Council's Special Events Food Waste Diversion Guide.


Additional Resources

EPA WasteWise Program Businesses, local governments, and non-profit organizations of all sizes and from all industry sectors can join WasteWise. WasteWise targets the reduction of municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, including office paper, corrugated containers, yard trimmings and wood pallets. For more information, visit EPA's WasteWise website.


EPA Rethink: Sustainable materials management – the use and reuse of materials in the most productive and sustainable way across their entire life cycle. For more information, visit the EPA’s Rethink website.


MD Recycles: On, you'll discover the outlets available for business recycling as well as companies that will pick up your recyclable material. As a business you’ll learn how to reduce your waste management costs while helping to create a cleaner environment for all of us.


Maryland Green Registry: Join the more than 600 businesses and organizations throughout the state that have shared their sustainable practices through the Maryland Green Registry. Members receive recognition through their online member profile and are eligible for annual awards. There is no cost to join. Visit to learn more.



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