Howard County Garbage Schedule 2024 (Holidays, Recycling & Bulk Pickup

Howard County (zip code: 21043) is a municipality near PG County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Bowie and Baltimore County in the state of Maryland, in the United States.

Like other cities in the country, Howard county offers its residents a trash collection program through which the citizens can get rid of their daily household trash, recyclables, hazardous waste and bulky items.

Following are the details about the Howard County garbage schedule.

Howard County Trash Pickup Schedule

Trash collection takes place once every week in Howard. However, the collection days vary from street to street. Moreover, the curbside collection starts at 6 am on your pickup day, so you have to place the carts at the curbside before this time, and remove the carts from the curbside after 7 pm on the same day.

You can have your complete trash schedule and garbage collection days checked from this trash collection map:

Howard County Trash Pickup Schedule

Some national holidays might alter your trash pickup schedule, so you can check the holiday schedule from here.

Howard Holiday Trash Schedule

Here is the complete holiday trash schedule for the county of Howard.

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, 2024 – No collection takes place. The schedule is shifted to the next day till the end of the week.
  • Martin Luther King Day – January 15, 2024 – No change in schedule in trash, recycling and yard waste pickup schedule.
  • Presidents Day – February 10, 2024 – No change in schedule in trash, recycling and yard waste pickup schedule.
  • Patriots Day – April 15, 2024 – No change in schedule in trash, recycling and yard waste pickup schedule.
  • Memorial Day – May 27, 2024 – No collection takes place. The schedule is shifted to the next day till the end of the week.
  • Juneteenth – June 19, 2024 – No change in schedule in trash, recycling and yard waste pickup schedule.
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2024 – No collection takes place. The schedule is shifted to the next day till the end of the week.
  • Labor Day – September 2, 2024 – No collection takes place. The schedule is shifted to the next day till the end of the week.
  • Columbus Day – October 14, 2024 – No change in schedule in trash, recycling and yard waste pickup schedule.
  • Veterans Day – November 11, 2024 – No change in schedule in trash, recycling and yard waste pickup schedule.
  • Thanksgiving Day – November 28, 2024 – No collection takes place. The schedule is shifted to the next day till the end of the week.
  • Christmas Day – December 25, 2024 – No collection takes place. The schedule is shifted to the next day till the end of the week.

Howard Recycling Schedule

Recycling takes place every week in Howard, on days different from your garbage collection days.

To know your complete yearly recycling schedule, check out this recycling collection tool: https://data.howardcountymd.gov/DataExplorer/TrashRecycling.aspx

Enter your address and a complete calendar containing the pickup days schedule will appear in front of you.

Recyclables include newspaper, office paper and magazines, plastic bottles, envelopes and wrapping paper, construction paper, junk mail, books and paper bags, catalogs, glass jars and bottles, food cans etc. 

Howard Bulk Pickup Schedule

Bulky waste items are those which are very heavy and large and hence cannot be placed inside regular trash cans. These items include mattresses, furniture, carpets and rugs etc.

Bulk waste pickup does not have any specific schedule. Instead, the residents have to schedule an appointment in order to get bulky items picked up in Howard.

Click here in order to schedule a bulk pickup. 

Howard Yard Waste Collection

Yard waste includes tree branches, leaves, grass, brushes and other vegetative materials. Dirt, rocks and sand, cement and concrete, wood to which glue is added, recyclable items, animal waste and dead animals should not be added to yard waste. 

Yard waste is collected every week from April to January in Howard county, however, the collection days vary depending upon your weekly schedule. Check out your yard waste collection schedule from here.

Howard Hazardous Waste Disposal

Household hazardous waste can not be collected from the curbside, instead, one has to take the hazardous items to the Residents’ Convenience Center located at 2350 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104. This must be done only on the household hazardous waste collection days. You can know more about the collection days by checking out the city’s website.

Hazardous items are the ones which can catch fire easily or which contain toxic chemicals dangerous for human health. Some of the examples are batteries and cells, glues and adhesives, furniture polish, swimming pool chemicals, brake fluid, photographic chemicals, medications, shoe polish, paints, pesticides and insecticides, fertilizers, varnishes etc.

County of Howard Trash Guidelines

Following are some trash guidelines for the Howard residents.

  • Do not overfill the carts. This may result in the trash being thrown on the streets which will litter your area.
  • Trash carts must be placed having a minimum of three feet distance with each other. 
  • Throwing garbage on the streets and roads is not allowed and should not be practiced by the citizens.
  • Wash and dry the containers on a regular basis to ensure proper cleanliness.
  • In case of any query or if you need any information regarding the Howard trash schedule, call the city’s waste management department by dialing 410-313-6444.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does Howard County have bulk trash pickup?

Yes, one can get his bulky items picked up from the curbside by scheduling an appointment first. Do this by filling out the form.

How do I get rid of a mattress in Howard County?

Since mattresses are included in the heavy or bulky items, you can get rid of mattresses by scheduling a pickup first.

Howard County Garbage Schedule

Garbage and recycling collection in Howard takes place on a regular basis, however, the schedule changes a little during the weeks of some public holidays like New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and some other city holidays.

Bulk waste is collected by appointment, and hazardous waste must be taken to the landfill on hazardous waste collection days. For more information, call 410-313-6444.

See What To Do If You Miss Trash Day in Howard County.

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