Sunday, December 21, 2014

Howard County "Merry Mulch" Recycles Holiday Trees

Howard County will accept holiday trees in its "Merry Mulch" recycling program from December 26 through January 16, so trees don't have to go into a landfill.

Trees can be accepted at a half-dozen designated garden centers, parks, and the Alpha Ridge landfill, from where they are transferred to a recycling facility to be turned into compost and mulch.

The closest recycling location to us is at Savage Park near Savage Mill.

The tree in Union Station is probably a wee bit larger than the one in your house

Curbside recycling will also be accepted (with trees cut up and tied) on your recycling day for communities with curbside recycling pick-up until January 16, 2015. After that point they should be put out with the trash, or brought to Alpha Ridge if you want to recycle.

Dates: Fri., December 26 - Fri., January 16
Times: 7:30 AM - 5 PM (Mon-Fri)
  • Strip trees of all ornaments, stands, and tinsel
  • (For curbside collection) Cut trees into 4-foot lengths and tie them together (do not need to be bagged). Bundles must be under 40 lbs.
  • After January 16, bring trees to Alpha Ridge Landfill for recycling (see hours below), or set out with the trash
  • Artificial trees and wreaths with metal components can be recycled in the scrap metal area at Alpha Ridge
  • Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street, Savage, MD
  • Alpha Ridge Landfill (Wood Waste Area), 2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD (Hours are 8 AM - 4 PM, closed Sundays)

Click to see Merry Mulch Drop-Off Locations on Google Maps

  • Clarksville
    • Kendall Hardware, 12260 Route 108
    • River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108
  • Columbia
    • Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane
    • Grandfather Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive
  • Elkridge
    • Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road
  • Ellicott City
    • Circuit Court - Small Parking Lot - on Upper Courthouse Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive, on the right)
  • Highland
    • Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road
  • Woodbine
    • Western Regional Park, 14800 Carrs Mill Road

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