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Environment

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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.

Tree Canopy Program

The Tree Canopy Program aims to create and enhance tree canopy- the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above- throughout the County. Tree Canopy provides many benefits to communities including improving water quality, saving energy, lowering city temperatures, reducing air pollution, enhancing property values, providing wildlife habitat, facilitating social and educational opportunities, and providing aesthetic benefits.

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.

Business MRA Reporting
MRA Recycling Act reporting requirements and form for businesses and commercial entities.
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.
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.
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.
Event Recycling
Information about Maryland legislation regarding event recycling.
Paper Shredding
Think before you shred!
Construction & Demolition Debris
What to do with materials such as: asphalt, brick building materials, ceiling tiles, drywall, electrical components and much more.
GreenFest

Join us as we kick off Earth Month with our annual Howard County GreenFest.  This free, family-friendly event is open to the public and includes hands-on activities for all ages. Tell your friends and we'll see you all there!

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