Residential Recycling

For extensive information on recycling opportunities in Howard County, visit You will find information on topics ranging from Specialty Item Recycling to the Feed the Green Bin Program to establishing recycling programs at Apartments, Condos and Businesses and much more.

residential recycling

Howard County residents with County-provided collection can place recyclables all together in the same container. Residents are provided one recycling container per household but may be exchanged for a different size if needed. Damaged carts can be repaired or replaced, however, residents are responsible for keeping them clean.

County recycling program participants may place their recyclables mixed together in the cart. Acceptable recyclables include metal cans, plastics, glass bottles and jars, mixed paper and cardboard. Remember – keep it loose, lose the bag! As of June 2019, the County is unable to accept any plastic film for recycling, including plastic bags, wrap and packaging material. Additional details can be found at

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.

The Residents’ Convenience Area at Alpha Ridge Landfill is a great resource for additional recycling opportunities for all Howard County Residents! Items ranging from scrap metal to reusable building materials to used cooking oil can be brought in for recycling. Visit their websites for up to date details about opening hours and a complete list accepted items.

What Do I Do With…

Howard County’s Recycling Division has also developed a Know Before You Throw webpage  – a comprehensive list of materials from American Flags to Yoga Mats with information on how to properly dispose, recycle or reuse these items and more.