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.
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.
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
- Habitat Restore
- Housewerks - 410-685-8047
- Second Chance - 410-385-1101
- Community Forklift - 301-985-5180
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.
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)
Doors (recycle metal doors with Scrap Metal)
|Plumbing & Fixtures (pipes)||Shelving||Shingles||Windows/Sheet Glass|
Brick/Block/Rubble ($100/ton or $5/100lbs)
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.
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
- Composite Board
- Electrical Fixtures
- Painted lumber and non-reusable
- Treated plywood/particle board
- Wall-to-wall carpet
- Area rugs
- Chain link fence