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Recycling (home page)

Alan Wilcom, Chief

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

Recycling Program Overview

Paper, cardboard, metal cans, plastics, and glass bottles & jars can be combined all together. A blue cart, bin or see-through bag is all you need. More... 

Questions? help@howardcountyrecycles.org or 410-313-6444

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Howard County Businesses

    Get excited!! It's that time again to report your yearly recycling tonnages. Please visit our MRA Reporting webpage for an easy form and information about reporting.

What Should I Do With...?

    Have something you don't know what to do with? Click here.

Event Recycling

    Starting October 1, 2015, events that serve food and drink may have to comply with a new State and County law to provide recycling

New Tool!

Yard Trim Collection

    Curbside yard trim collection has ended for the season (the last day was Friday, January 15). Residents in the Feed The Green Bin areas will receive yard trim/food scrap collection year-round. Please be advised that free paper bags are no longer available at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (ARL). When curbside yard trim collection resumes on April 1, residents will be able to pick up free paper bags from ARL (10 per family, per day, while supplies last). In the meantime, there are many local and online retailers that carry paper bags. If you don't see paper bags at your favorite grocery or hardware store, ask for them!

    As of January 1, 2016, all residents with curbside yard trim service will have made the transition to plastic bag free collection. Howard County reminds residents to bundle material, or use paper bags and reusable containers for yard trim collection.


Want Another Recycling Cart?

Feed the Green Bin!

    Interested in the green bin collection for food scraps/yard trim? Visit FeedTheGreenBin.org for details about what's accepted and to see if you're in the collection area.

Click below for printable signs and brochures.

recycle chart 2012a   recyclables only 2012   Brochure Cover - Recycling  ARL cover 

Brochure Cover -  HHW  yard trim cover   trash brochure cover   compost cover 

spanish recycling cover    spanish trash brochure    Korean recycling brochure   korean trash brochure 

Click on the topics below for more information.


Waste Management Recycle America
(Recycling Processor)
Recycling Plant video - still image 
Recycling Commercial
Recycling Commercial - still shot 
Food Scrap Videos 
Compilation how-to video (all of the sections below)
food scraps intro 
Indoor Collection Containers
food scraps collection containers2 
Indoor Tips
food scraps indoor tips2 
Cart Basics
food scrap cart basics 
Outdoor Tips
food scraps outdoor tips 
Backyard Composting
food scraps backyard composting 
Styrofoam Videos 
Plastic Foam Recycling Basics
Plastic Foam 1 
Unacceptable Items
Plastic Foam 2  
Check out the Sign
Plastic Foam 3 
Student Made Videos 
Don't Trash This!
don't trash this 
What Can I Recycle?
ins and outs 
Don't Be a Tree Puncher
tree puncher