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Students, faculty and staff at HCPSS have the opportunity to continue good recycling habits in the cafeteria and classrooms. Like County curbside collection, recyclables are processed at Waste Management Recycle America in Elkridge, MD.

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Recycling

HCPSS offers single stream recycling in the cafeteria and classrooms. Just like at home, items should be clean, empty and dry before recycling. It's important that only recyclable items are placed in the blue bin.

recycle here school poster
What's accepted?
Title
YES we can accept
Content
Paper
milk cartons/juice boxes newspapers & inserts magazines
cardboard & paperboard office paper & envelopes folders
paper bags shredded paper (must be in paper bag) books
Metal
aluminum cans steel cans aerosol cans (empty)
Glass
glass bottles glass jars
Plastic
applesauce cups yogurt cups margarine/butter tubs
reusable containers peanut butter jars lunchables
water bottle soda bottle frozen dessert cup

 

 

Title
NO we can't accept
Content
Paper
laminated paper food-stained paper lunch trays
paper towels/napkins tissues binders
Metal
scrap metal binders wires & cables
Glass
window glass mirrors ceramics
Plastic
styrofoam plastic bags plastic film
chip bags candy wrappers yogurt/applesauce lids
utensils straws food/drink pouches

 

Food Scraps

Our Feed the Green Bin food scrap collection program is available in eligible HCPSS schools. Currently, 7 schools are participating in the program. Food scraps, napkins and compostable trays are sorted and sent to our Composting Facility at Alpha Ridge Landfill. 

Schools that wish to participate can complete our online interest form. Although this does not guarantee participation, the collected data will be used when planning future expansions.

Online Interest Form

Learn more about the program

food scrap collection rockburn elementary
What's accepted?
Title
YES we accept
Content

Food Scraps:

banana peels apple cores bread crusts
leftover food cheese yogurt
candy egg shells coffee grounds

Compostable Items:

paper lunch trays napkins/paper towels
coffee filters tea bags
pizza boxes popsicle sticks
Title
NO we can't accept
Content
liquids recyclables
tissues Styrofoam
waxed paper waxed cardboard

Contests

Contests are a great way for students of all ages to become more engaged in recycling initiatives and environmental sustainability. Check out of list below for contest information and past winners.

recycled sculpture contest
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Coloring Book Contest
Content

Open to Howard County third, fourth and fifth graders, contestants must draw pictures of how they reduce, reuse and recycle at home or at school. The top 13 drawings will be featured in a coloring book, with the “best in show” appearing on the cover.

Next contest: TBA

2017 Coloring Book

2013 Coloring Book

2010 Coloring Book

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"Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest
Content

In celebration of America Recycles Day (November 15), Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) holds an annual recycled sculpture contest. This contest is open to all high school students in Maryland. Sculptures must be made from recyclable or reused material. Judges will select an overall winning sculpture along with individual recognition for creativity, workmanship and use of materials.

Next Contest: TBA

Presentations & Tours
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Recycling Presentation
Content

NEW! Virtual presentations can be scheduled Monday-Friday. 

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. We offer assembly style presentations, grade-by-grade presentations or short 5-minute cafeteria presentations to get the students thinking about what they have in their lunches that can be recycled everyday. 

Complete a presentation request form below.

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WMRA Elkridge Recycling Processor
Content

NEW! Due to COVID-19 in-person tours will not be scheduled at this time. Check out Waste Management's video tour to learn more about our 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 typically scheduled in advance on Wednesday mornings and must be groups of at least 6, with a maximum of 10. If you are not able to form a group, you can be added to an existing tour. 

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Residents' Convenience Center at Alpha Ridge Landfill Tour
Content

A Recycling Coordinator will guide your group and 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 Composting Facility (see below). 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?  Tours are typically scheduled Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact our office to schedule.

Can't make the guided tour? Take a virtual tour from your couch! 

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Alpha Ridge Landfill Drone Tour
Content

NEW! See Alpha Ridge Landfill from a bird's-eye view!

Check out our drone video of Alpha Ridge Landfill and learn all our our Transfer Station and Composting Facility.

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Composting Facility at The Alpha Ridge Landfill
Content

Howard County has constructed a state of the art facility to produce quality compost. Contact Jeff Dannis to find out about upcoming tour dates.

Questions? Gina Bonomo Email
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