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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.

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.
Stream ReLeaf Program
Stream ReLeaf is a program designed to enhance stream buffers —  protective strips of trees, shrubs and other vegetation along a stream — by providing free native trees and shrubs to homeowners.
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.

Business Recycling
Businesses play an important role in the success of any community's recycling programs and initiatives. Every type of business, from offices to restaurants to carwashes and sport complexes, create materials that can be recycled.
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.

Printable Material for Environmental Services
Printable brochures, signs and stickers about recycling, yard trim, trash and more!
Environmental Sanitarians

Read the following sections to find more information about environmental sanitarians in Howard County, and the State of Maryland. What is an environmental sanitarian? You may have heard the term, seen a job announcement, or read an article describing someone

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!

Environment
Learn more about environmental resources and topics of importance in Howard County.
Paper Shredding
Think before you shred!
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