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Bureau of Environmental Services

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About Us

Mark DeLuca, Chief
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 514
Columbia, MD 21046

Employees operate the County landfill, implement and manage recycling programs, oversee residential curbside collections and administer storm water management.

Mission Statement:

Advancing environmental responsibility through responsive solutions and service. 

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Yard Trim Collection

As of January 1, 2016, all households that receive County provided yard trim collection will have made the transition to plastic bag free collection. Howard County reminds residents to use paper bags and reusable containers for yard trim. Plastic bags do not break down and actually reduce the quality of the composted material.

Curbside yard trim collection ends Friday, January 15, 2016 for most areas. Residents in the Feed The Green Bin areas will receive yard trim/food scrap collection year-round. Please be advised that free paper bags are no longer available at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (ARL). When curbside yard trim collection resumes on April 1, residents will be able to pick up free paper bags from ARL (10 per family, per day, while supplies last). In the meantime, there are many local and online retailers that carry paper bags. If you don't see paper bags at your favorite grocery or hardware store, ask for them!

New! Howard County's Solid Waste Management Plan 2014-2024 

Alpha Ridge Landfill

    Alpha Ridge Landfill, located in the western part of the County, is open to both residential and commercial customers. The public can dispose of recyclable materials, trash and household hazardous waste. The residents’ drop-off center is open Monday through Saturday for the public’s convenience. This section provides information on the landfill location, hours of operation, household hazardous waste drop-off, landfill permits, recycling center drop-off, prohibited items, community clean up, recycling and residential trash.

    NOTE: The Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Center at the Landfill is open Saturdays, 8 am to 4 pm April through November.

    New Cut Landfill Solar Panels: Read an article about the Solar Project and click here to see how much energy is generated by the solar panels at New Cut Landfill.

    Visit the Alpha Ridge Landfill website.


    Curbside collections and drop-off opportunities are available to residents year-round. This section provides information on how to recycle, recycling rules and regulations and seasonal solutions for recycling.

    Visit the Recycling website.

Storm Water Management

Trash Collection

    Curbside trash collection is provided once per week to single family, townhome and condominium residents. This section provides information on general trash tips, rules and regulations for curbside collection, inclement weather policy, holiday collection schedule, tips to cut your trash in half, where to call for more information, and trash drop-off location.

    Visit the Trash website.

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