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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

What's New

Drug Take-Back

    Drop-off unwanted medications and drugs on April 26 from 10am-2pm at the Gary Arthur Center or your local police stations in Ellicott City and Scaggsville; Satellite offices in Harper’s Choice, Long Reach, North Laurel, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown and Wilde Lake. To find other locations, visit the www.dea.gov.

Did You Know?

    Since February of 2013, 154 tons of mattresses & box springs have been taken to the Alpha Ridge Landfill for recycling. That's almost 5,000 mattresses & box springs saved from the landfill. Keep up the great work!

Compost Demonstration Schedule

Food Scrap Expansion

    Food scrap collection expanded into areas of Clarksville and Columbia! Thank you for participating and making food scrap collection a huge success! Residents can visit the Food Scrap website to sign-up. Check out our how-to videos for tips and ideas.

Apartment & Condo Recycling

    The State of Maryland has mandated that recycling services be provided at all apartment and condominium properties with 10 or more units. Learn more...

MRA Reporting for Businesses

    Howard County is required annually by Maryland Department of the Environment to report recycling activities taking place within the County. If you generated or processed recyclables in Howard County in 2013, please visit our MRA Reporting webpage.

Compost, Mulch, Topsoil Available at ARL

What Should I Do With...?

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


Click below for printable signs and brochures.

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

Brochure Cover -  HHW  yard trim cover   Brochure Cover - Trash   Brochure cover - Recycling info in Spanish   compost cover 

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