Whether you have a huge renovation or a small home project, reuse is best! If you can't reuse, recycle your material using the suggestions below. Only as a last resort, dispose items properly.

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

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.

  • 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
  • Area rugs
  • Chain link fence

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.

The Loading Dock at Alpha Ridge Landfill (temporarily closed)

The Loading Dock at Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, 21104) collects new and reusable building materials. You can also drop-off items at The Loading Dock location in Baltimore or schedule a pickup. 

Items Accepted: banisters, bathtubs, cabinets, countertops, doors, hardware, lighting fixtures, lumber, molding, plumbing fixtures, shelving, stairs, toilets, windows and other building materials.

NOTE: Howard County and the Loading Dock reserve the right to refuse any materials deemed unfit. If you have any questions about what is acceptable, please call The Loading Dock at 410-558-3625.

Other Reuse Options

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.

Don't have reusable items? Residents disposing of construction, demolition and home improvement material as trash will be directed to weigh in at the scalehouse and will be charged $80/ton ($4 per 100 pounds) of waste. This includes deliveries mixed with household waste.

Trash Disposal Options

Alpha Ridge Landfill

Residents 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. 

Construction & Demolition Debris ($80/ton or $4/100lbs)

Cabinets Carpet/Rug Ceiling/Ceramic Tile Countertops

Doors (recycle metal doors with Scrap Metal)

Drywall Fencing (non-metal)


Insulation Landscape Ties Lumber Pallets
Plumbing & Fixtures (pipes) Shelving Shingles Windows/Sheet Glass

Brick/Block/Rubble ($100/ton or $5/100lbs)

Asphalt Brick Concrete Concrete Block
Dirt Rubble Sand Stone/Rock

Waste Management Bagster Program

For C&D disposal from home, check out Bagster, a flexible 'dumpster' service provided by Waste Management. Just purchase your bagster from your local home improvement store, fill the bag with material and contact Waste Management for pick-up.

Howard County does not endorse vendors or services.

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. Please review these important guides when dealing with asbestos products.

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