Kids and School Resources

Improve Recycling

Print a lunchroom poster of what can be recycled. (Or, call 410-313-6444 to get a full size printout and schedule presentations!)

Don't just recycle at home. Here's how to improve recycling at school.

What happens to all those things we recycle? Watch a quick video of the recycling processor.

Want to do more? Check out our What Should I Do With? webpage.

Check out our brochures too.

Recycling Coloring Books

Print these coloring books created by Howard County 3rd-5th graders! If you would like a copy of the 2017 book, please stop by our office at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 514.


Presentation and Tour Options

    Recycling Presentation

      Schedule a recycling presentation. A Recycling Coordinator will discuss the ins and outs of recycling, as well as provide an inside look at what happens to all those things we recycle. Here's the video if you'd like to check it out! Call 410-313-6444 to schedule or fill out this form.

      For schools, we offer assembly style presentations, grade-by-grade presentations and short 5-minute cafeteria presentations to get the students thinking about what they have in their lunches that can be recycled everyday. The most efficient setup for schools is 2 assembly-style presentations with follow-up lunchroom presentations to jump start the recycling program and get everyone on board.

    WMRA Elkridge Recycling Processor

      Tour the Waste Management Recycle America located at 7175 Kit Kat Road in Elkridge. Please note this tour is only available for adults 18 and older. This tour lasts about an hour. Tours are scheduled as requested and must be groups of at least 6, with a maximum of 12. If you are not able to form a group, you can be added to an existing tour. Call 410-313-6444 for a tour schedule.

    Alpha Ridge Landfill Tour

      Schedule a tour of Alpha Ridge Landfill. A Recycling Coordinator will guide your group around Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Area to discuss what is collected and what happens to all those items. Many things are reused or recycled, but trash is collected too. The group may also tour the Compost Demo Area and Transfer Building. This tour is great for scout groups trying to earn badges/patches. Did you know most of Howard County's trash is exported to a landfill in VA? Call 410-313-6444 to schedule.

    Pilot Compost Facility at Alpha Ridge Landfill

      Howard County has constructed a pilot project to produce quality compost. Please check our News and Upcoming Events page for dates or watch the electronic marquee at Alpha Ridge Landfill. More information about this new facility can be found on the Pilot Compost facility webpage.

Neat Resources!

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FAQs for HCPSS students and faculty

    What's the scoop on the new paper lunch trays?

      The molded-fiber lunch trays are better for the environment and better for our health! These certified biodegradable trays will break down into natural materials in the environment. Schools that compost can separate their trays and food scraps and help create an excellent soil amendment for healthy gardens. Howard County schools that aren’t composting should place their used trays in the trash. Why? Similar to pizza boxes, once grease and food are absorbed into the fiber tray, it’s very hard to get back out. But don’t worry! Those trays will break down quickly in the landfill.

    White lids on recycling containers say "Cans Only"...Why?

      The schools use single-stream recycling, where all recyclables (paper, cardboard, plastic, cans and glass) go together in the same bin. It's just like the students have at home! A memo was sent to custodial staff to modify the lids so they are less confusing. If your lids still say "Cans Only", please consult your custodial staff to make the necessary adjustment to avoid confusion.

    How can I get more containers for my public school?

      For additional outdoor containers (carts & dumpsters), please contact your custodial staff. For indoor containers, consider using old boxes decorated by the students, ask your local community to donate old blue recycling bins they may no longer be using, or see if your PTA has funds to purchase bins. Recycling containers come in all shapes and sizes and don't have to be pretty. Just make sure they are convenient (located right next to trash cans) and are well labeled so everyone knows what they are for.

    Also visit the Howard County Public School's recycling website.