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Waste / Recycling

Blue Recycling BinsDid you know that recy­cling just one alu­minum can saves enough money to run a TV for three hours or the equiv­a­lent of half a gal­lon of gas? There are no lim­its to the amount of times alu­minum can be recy­cled so what are you wait­ing for! With over 240 mil­lion tons of munic­i­pal waste pro­duced a year in the US we all need to do our part to recycle.

Howard County has all the infor­ma­tion you need to recy­cle at home or at work. Learn which prod­ucts can go in your blue bins, the best way to recy­cle grass clip­pings, how to recy­cle elec­tron­ics and even how to com­post. Start recy­cling and help the planet, and our com­mu­nity, get health­ier today!

County Recy­cling Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants may place their recy­clables all together. Metal cans, plas­tics, and glass bot­tles and jars can be com­bined with mixed paper and card­board, with­out any need for bag­ging or bind­ing the paper sep­a­rately. A blue cart, bin or see-through bag is all you need. Bags that are not see-through may not be used for recy­clables. Yard­waste should be placed out sep­a­rately on your recy­cling day.

This method of col­lec­tion is con­ve­nient for you, and effi­cient for the County recy­cling haulers. Par­tic­i­pa­tion stud­ies in other juris­dic­tions have shown that the eas­ier it is for peo­ple to recy­cle, the more likely they will be to par­tic­i­pate in the recy­cling program.

Waste Man­age­ment Recy­cle Amer­ica (WMRA) is under con­tract to Howard County for the pro­cess­ing and mar­ket­ing of recy­clables. WMRA oper­ates a state-of-the-art recy­clables pro­cess­ing facil­ity near Elkridge, which has the nec­es­sary equip­ment to sort recy­clables in prepa­ra­tion for sale to indi­vid­ual mate­r­ial markets.

QUESTIONS? Email us at: help@howardcountyrecycles.org

Green Tip

Light soy candles.The oil byproducts in most candles can’t hold a flame to options like soy, since they burn longer and take less of a toll on the planet.