As of October 1, 2020, all stores in Howard County are required to charge a Plastic Bag Fee of 5 cents per disposable plastic bag used. Businesses keep one cent from every five-cent fee and the remainder is collected by Howard County Government and put into a Disposable Plastics Reduction Fund. In 2021 the Office of Community Sustainability began a new grant program for Plastics Reduction and Environmental Protection (PREP). Environmental non-profits in Howard County can apply for funding projects that will make our community cleaner and greener.
2023 PREP Grant Application
PREP Grant Projects
In 2021 and 2022 a total of 22 projects received funding through the PREP grant program, amounting to over over $608,521 awarded. Click the links below to learn more about the 2021 and 2022 PREP grant projects.