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Environmental and sustainability work in Howard County involves nearly all of our County departments, especially Office of Environmental Sustainability, Planning and Zoning, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Economic Development. The County aims to lead by example and challenges citizens to embrace environmental stewardship and sustainability.  

The County's Environmental Sustainability initiatives follow the triple bottom line approach – all of our work aims to protect Howard County's environment, save money and protect the health and welfare of all Howard County citizens. Find out how we work in partnership with citizens, businesses, and non-profits and how you can join us to Live Green Howard County.

Agricultural Preservation
Howard County Agricultural Land Preservation Program (ALPP) Howard County Agricultural Land Preservation Board Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program (MALPF) Howard Ag Newsletter Farmland Forever Signs
Middle Patuxent Environmental Area
Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks manages the 1021 acre Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) in cooperation with the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation. Click the link for more infroamtion about this site
Battery Recycling
Have old batteries and don’t know what to do with them? Consider customer take-back programs at retail stores such as Home Depot, My Organic Market, and Radio Shack.
Stormwater Management Division
The Stormwater Management (SWM) division strives to advance the quality of life for the citizens of Howard County through the improvement and management of the quality and quantity of water that originates in, falls onto, or passes through the county on its way to the Chesapeake Bay.
Pilot Composting Facility
Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services is embarking on a composting pilot project using the best available technology to protect the environment and produce quality compost.
Flood Protection
Floodplains are low land areas that are located next to rivers, streams, and lakes. During increased rain and snow activity, these lands store flood waters and reduce its impact on surrounding areas.
Wood Waste Drop-Off Area

Residents and contractors may drop off brush, yard trim, grass, leaves, barn cleanings, pallets and wood chips at the wood waste drop-off area at Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Rd). HoCoGro Compost, topsoil and mulch can also be purchased in bulk.

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM) Update
Information about the new FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Howard County.
Horticulture and Land Management Division
The Horticulture and Land Management Division is responsible for looking after the landscaping needs of County government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers and several historic sites in downtown Ellicott City, as well as contract landscape maintenance for many other sites.
School Recycling

Did You Know? All County public schools can recycle just like we do at home! 

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