event recycling

Organizations that hold events that serve food and drink may have to comply with the October 2015 State and County law requiring recycling services to be provided.



Specifically this law will apply to any event that:



    • (i) Includes temporary or periodic use of a public street, publicly owned site or facility, or public park;
    • (ii) Serves food or drink; and
    • (iii) Is expected to have 200 or more persons in attendance

If the event requires a Howard County Police Permit for use of a public road and meets the three guidelines from above, the applicant will be made aware of the requirement at the time of permit issuance. County staff will contact the event organizer in writing and specify the following duties and responsibilities of the parties under the current law:

If the event does not require a Police Permit but still makes use of a public facility, serves food and drink and expects over 200 guests, the law still applies. Event organizers must comply with the law even if they have not received a notice from the County. Please notify Environmental Services of your event as soon as a date had been selected.


Organizers of all regulated events must:


    • (i) Provide a recycling receptacle immediately adjacent to each trash receptacle at the special event;
    • (ii) Ensure that all recycling receptacles are clearly distinguished from trash receptacles by color or signage; and
    • (iii) Ensure that all recyclable materials, such as glass, paper, cardboard, metal and plastic containers, deposited into recycling receptacles at the special event are collected and recycled.

Recycling can be provided through hiring a local hauler or by self-hauling recyclables to the Alpha Ridge Landfill (ARL) located in Marriottsville MD. Event coordinators can bring unlimited recycling to ARL as long as the person bringing the material to the landfill is a County resident. Please remember that recyclables must be taken to a recycling facility.


Food Scrap Composting