Bureau of Environmental Services
Mark DeLuca, Chief
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 514
Columbia, MD 21046
Employees operate the County landfill, implement and manage recycling programs, oversee residential trash collections and administer storm water management.
Advancing environmental responsibility through responsive solutions and service.
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New! Howard County's Solid Waste Management Plan 2014-2024
Alpha Ridge Landfill
Alpha Ridge Landfill, located in the western part of the County, is open to both residential and commercial customers. The public can dispose of recyclable materials, trash and household hazardous waste. A residents’ drop-off center is open Monday through Saturday for the public’s convenience. This section provides information on the landfill location, hours of operation, household hazardous waste drop-off, landfill permits, recycling center drop-off, prohibited items, community clean up, recycling and residential trash.
NOTE: The Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Center at the Landfill is open Saturdays, 8 am to 4 pm April through November.
New Cut Landfill Solar Panels: Read an article about the Solar Project and click here to see how much energy is generated by the solar panels at New Cut Landfill.
Visit the Alpha Ridge Landfill website.
The County provides many opportunities for the public to recycle items ranging from plastic bottles to Christmas trees. Curbside collections and drop-off opportunities are available to residents year-round. This section provides information on how to recycle, recycling rules and regulations, and seasonal solutions for recycling.
Visit the Recycling website.
Storm Water Management
Curbside trash collection is provided once per week to single family, townhome and condominium residents. This section provides information on general trash tips, rules and regulations for curbside collection, inclement weather policy, holiday collection schedule, tips to cut your trash in half, where to call for more information, and trash drop-off location.
Visit the Trash website.