Howard County Trash Schedule 2023 (Bulk Pickup, Holidays, Map)

We’re here to help you find the Howard County trash pickup schedule for 2023 including bulk pickup, recycling, holidays, and maps.

Howard County is in Maryland with Lancaster to the northeast, Washington, Rockville and Anne Arundel County to the south, Baltimore to the east.

If there’s a change to your normal trash collection schedule then there’s a good chance your street sweeping schedule has changed too so make sure to check for updates.

Howard County Trash Collection Calendar 2023

For normal trash collections schedules, visit

Trash Pick Up Holidays

Here you can see the city-observed holidays.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Labor Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Independence Day
  • Christmas Day

All curbside collections scheduled on or after these holidays will ‘slide’ and be made one day later that week.

Howard County Trash Collection Map

Howard County Trash Pickup Schedule

Bulk Waste Pickup Calendar 2023

To find your bulk item pickup schedule visit: for find the collection day for your bulk waste.

Acceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, stoves, furniture and similar items.

Unacceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

  • Aquarium tanks
  • Batteries                
  • Drum containers              
  • Carpet/rugs       
  • Chairs with electric plugs             
  • Compressed gas tanks*               
  • Computer monitors**   
  • Construction & demolition debris   
  • Fuel & oil tanks
  • Medical Waste  
  • Mirrors/plate glass    
  • Moon bounces  
  • Motorized toys*
  • Pallets    
  • Picnic tables (wooden) 
  • Playhouses/swing sets (wooden)
  • Stumps and logs*            
  • Tires*   
  • TVs**

*These items can be recycled at Alpha Ridge Landfill.

**Electronics can be recycled at Alpha Ridge Landfill or through customer take-back programs. 

Have bulky items the city won’t pick up? You need a junk removal service.

If you have large items that the city won’t take from you, you may need to hire a junk removal service.

Junk removal services are not be as picky about the items they’re collecting so if the city won’t take the item, this may be your best bet. There’s usually a fee involved with junk removal but most companies can tell you ahead of time approximately what it’s going to cost.

There are a number of junk removal services in Howard County and I’m sure many of them will be able to help you out.

Recycling Collection Calendar 2023

Here’s the link to the recycling collection calendar:

Frequently Asked Questions

When is bulk pickup in Howard County?

To find your bulky item pickup in your area visit:

What day is trash pickup?

To find trash pickup on your street visit:

What time does trash collection start?

Trash collection starts at 6 a.m. Make sure to have your bins on the curb by then.

How can I contact the Howard County Public Works Department?

9801 Broken Land Parkway | 410-313-6444

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