MRA Reporting for Businesses

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.

From common items such as paper and cardboard to specialty materials such as textiles and pallets, many materials generated by Howard County businesses are recycled. Setting up collection programs and engaging employees is the first step. Now comes the next step; share your recycling story by completing an Annual Recycling Report Form. There are two versions - the Basic Form and the Detailed Form. Choose the one that best suits your business.

By 2020, Howard County is targeting a 60% recycling rate as required by State law and must report our progress annually to the State of Maryland.

Please return the form to or fax it to 410-313-6442 by March 31. The form contains a list of the most commonly recycled items. The complete list of materials that count towards the recycling rate is found below.

Please submit all reports by March 31st. If your company accounts for materials by zip code, here is the list of all Howard County zip codes.

MRA Recyclable Materials

Please refer to this list of additional materials that count toward Howard County’s recycling rate. Here is a printable version.

  • Aluminum Blinds
  • Aluminum Foil and Food Tray Containers
  • Back-End Scrap Metal
  • Bark: Scrap bark from a manufacturing process must be composted or mulched or manufactured into a new product (e.g., charcoal) counts.
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Canes: Wooden canes must be composted or mulched. Metal canes must be recycled. Refurbished and reused canes do NOT count.
  • Cardboard: Corrugated cardboard that is recycled counts; however, cardboard that is reused intact does NOT county.
  • Carpet Remnants: Carpet remnants returned to the manufacturer to be used in the manufacturing process count, but remnants given to other organizations for reuse do NOT count.
  • Catalogs
  • Christmas trees: Christmas trees must be composted or mulched or used as sediment control devices (approved and documented by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
  • Cloth: Cloth material must be processed into rags, etc., not reused as clothing without processing.
  • Corn Ensilage (silage): Corn silage must be composted or sold to an animal feed producer.
  • Crutches: Wooden crutches must be composted or mulched. Metal crutches must be recycled. Refurbished and reused crutches do NOT count.
  • Electronics and Computer Equipment: Electronic equipment (such as cell phones, stereos, televisions) and computer equipment (such as CPUs, keyboards, monitors) must be recycled or donated for reuse.
  • Farm Waste: Please contact the county for a complete list of Farm waste that can count towards the recycling rate if recycled.
  • Firewood: Cords of firewood returned to the marketplace count.
  • Foundry Waste: Foundry waste used in asphalt counts.
  • Front-End Scrap Metal: Ferrous or no-ferrous materials pulled from the waste stream in a refuse disposal system.
  • Furniture: Furniture must be processed into other materials. Furniture that is donated or sold for reuse does NOT count.
  • Glass Grain Waste: Grain waste must be composted or sold to an animal feed producer.
  • Hatchery Waste: Hatchery waste must be composted or processed into a protein supplement.
  • Household Hazardous Waste: Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any waste material, including garbage or trash, derived from a household that would be listed as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Household hazardous waste may include: Agricultural chemicals; Cleaning agents and solvents; Paint; Pesticides; and Preservatives. HHW that is recycled counts. Antifreeze and Oil do NOT count.
  • Landscaping Debris
  • Litho-plates: Litho-plates used in x-ray machines count.
  • Mattresses: Mattresses must be processed and remanufactured.
  • Motor Oil Filters
  • Oxygen Tank Carts: Metal oxygen tank carts must be recycled. Refurbished and reused carts do NOT count.
  • Paint
  • Pallets: Wood pallets must be composted or refurbished.
  • Renderings: Fat that has been converted or melted down by heating counts.
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Sawdust: Sawdust from an industrial process must be composted or mulched.
  • Tires: Recycled tires, retread tires, and tires burned in cement kilns (12% of the total weight of tires used in cement kilns) count. Tires burned for fuel do NOT count.
  • Toner Cartridges
  • Vegetable Waste: Vegetable waste that is composted or sent to a farmer as a substitute for other feed counts.
  • Walkers/Wheelchairs: Metal walkers and wheelchairs must be recycled. Refurbished and reused walkers/wheelchairs do NOT count.
  • White Goods: White goods include refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers, water heaters, and air conditioners.
  • Wood Shavings: Wood shavings from an industrial process must be composted or mulched.

Want to start a recycling program?

If your business does not have a recycling program and would like to start one, please contact Gemma Evans at