business recycling

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


work green howard


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 tru