Marriottsville Road Closure

Beginning Monday, June 17, Marriottsville Road from Resort Road to US 40 will be closed to all traffic which may impact traffic to the Alpha Ridge Landfill. Please see the detour map for more detail. 

Read the press release here.



Equipment operators load Howard County generated trash from commercial and residential customers on to tractor trailers. Material is then transferred to Annapolis Junction Transfer Station where it is loaded on to rail cars and sent by train to King George County, VA to be landfilled. 

Transfer Station2350 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Monday-Saturday, 8:00am - 3:00pm

Residents and commercial vehicles must cross the scales before entering the Transfer Station.

alpha ridge landfill transfer station

Transfer Station Disposal Information


When do I need to dispose at the transfer station?


Commercial Customers

Commercial customers hauling Howard County generated trash must cross the scales before proceeding to the Transfer station. Commercial customers must have an active commercial permit to use any facility at Alpha Ridge Landfill.

Residential Customers

Howard County residents disposing of Construction and Demolition (C&D) material OR using a dump truck, box truck, trailer or rental vehicle hauling trash must cross the scales before proceeding to the Transfer Station.


What is Construction & Demolition (C&D) material?


Howard County considers the following material to be construction and demolition debris and subject to a tip fee. This list is not exhaustive and may be expanded in the future.

  • Asbestos containing materials (see proper handling below)
  • Bath tubs/sinks/toilets
  • Cabinetry
  • Composite Board
  • Doors/windows
  • Drywall/Sheetrock
  • Electrical Fixtures
  • Insulation
  • Lumber (treated and non-treated)
  • Plumbing
  • Siding
  • Treated plywood/particle board
  • Wall-to-wall carpet
  • Chain link fence

Important Information about Asbestos


Asbestos is a dangerous carcinogen that may be found in some products within older homes. Taking appropriate precautions before handling and disposal is crucial. Material must be in tied, double containment, heavy (4 mil. or thicker) black trash bags (i.e., contractor trash bags). Please review these important guides when dealing with asbestos products.


Is there a fee?


Residents and commercial customers disposing of construction, demolition and home improvement material at Alpha Ridge Landfill will be directed to weigh in at the scalehouse and will be charged accordingly. Deliveries mixed with household waste will be subject to fees.


Special Exception Permit for Residents


On occasion, residents may apply for a Special Exception Permit in advance when using a commercially marked vehicle, rental vehicle or disposing of unusually large quantities of household trash. For more information, please visit our webpage.




Removal of Hazardous Material

Check out the EPA's Recommended Practices for Pre-Demolition Removal of Mercury-Containing Devices from Residential Buildings.

For home improvement projects, Howard County residents should bring any Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) material to Alpha Ridge Landfill. Collections are help Saturdays from April-November. 

Deconstruction BEFORE Demolition

Before starting any construction/home improvement project, consider whether any material may be salvageable. The EPA's Deconstruction Rapid Assessment Tool can assist with planning your deconstruction project.


Reuse & Recycle Options


Don't trash good items! There are many opportunities for usable building supplies.

Check out the Builders' Guide to Reuse and Recycling and the Howard County C&D Recycling Guide. Visit The Recycling Center in Laurel or MDRecycles for a local directory of recycling and disposal resources.


Prohibited Items


The following items are PROHIBITED for disposal at Alpha Ridge Landfill:

  • ammunition
  • dead animals
  • engine blocks (over 2')
  • explosives
  • hot ashes
  • infectious waste       
  • pathological waste       
  • radioactive waste
  • radiological waste    
  • septage waste  
  • surgical hospital waste 

This is not an exhaustive list. Please refer any questions concerning disposal of special wastes to a landfill supervisor.

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