ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Government offices, 50+ centers, courts, animal shelter and Recreation & Parks’ Cedar Lane and Schooley Mill Activity Rooms and Meadowbrook Athletic Complex will be closed on Friday, December 31st in observance of the New Year’s holiday. While open on the 31st, the Alpha Ridge Landfill will close early at 2:00 p.m. and Recreation & Parks’ Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum and Robinson Nature Center will close at 3:00 p.m. and Gary J. Arthur, North Laurel and Roger Carter Community Centers will close at 5:00 p.m. The county historic sites closed for the season on December 19th.

There will be regular Friday curbside trash, recycling, yard trim and food scrap collection on December 31st. However, for residents who live in Historic Ellicott City and its nearby communities who normally receive Saturday trash collection, the Bureau of Environmental Services will be collecting these households Saturday trash collection one day earlier. That is, Saturday, January 1st collection will take place on Friday, December 31st. 

Additionally, the County’s Alpha Ridge Landfill and Recreation & Parks’ Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum, Cedar Lane and Schooley Mill Activity Rooms, Gary J. Arthur, North Laurel and Roger Carter Community Centers, Meadowbrook Athletic Complex and Robinson Nature Center will be closed on Saturday, January 1st. While County park gates will be open on the December 31st and January 1st, there will be no staff on duty.  

The Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) buses will operate on a regular schedule December 31st, but will not operate on January 1st. For more information on RTA, call 1-800-270-9553 or visit www.transitrta.com. Also, parking fees will be enforced on December 31st but will not be enforced on January 1st.  

The 9-1-1 Center, Police and Fire departments remain staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, call 9-1-1; for non-emergencies, please call 410-313-2200. 

County operations will resume on Monday, January 3rd at regular business hours. As a reminder, all employees and the public are currently required to wear masks upon entry to county government buildings, and throughout common areas, including elevators, stairwells, and/or meetings with other employees or visitors.  

Open on Friday, December 31st  
Regular Friday curbside trash, recycling, yard trim and food scrap collection service
County parks (NO staff present) 
Alpha Ridge Landfill (will close early at 2:00 p.m.)
Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum (will close at 3:00 p.m.)
Robinson Nature Center (will close at 3:00 p.m.)
Gary J. Arthur, North Laurel and Roger Carter Community Centers (will close at 5:00 p.m.)
RTA operates regular service
Parking fees enforced

Closed Friday, December 31st     
County government offices 
Courts 
Animal shelter  
50+ centers 
County historic sites 

Open on Saturday, January 1st  
County parks (NO staff present) 

Closed on Saturday, January 1st   
Historic Ellicott City and its nearby communities Saturday trash collection (will occur on December 31st)
Alpha Ridge Landfill 
Community centers, athletic complex and activity rooms 
Robinson Nature Center 
Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum 
County historic sites
Parking fees not enforced
No RTA service 

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