Beginning Monday, February 4, Howard County residents may drop off mattresses and box springs of all sizes at the Alpha Ridge Landfill’s Residents’ Convenience Center for recycling.
“It is estimated that nation-wide, 50,000 mattresses are disposed of every day, a vast majority of which are sent to landfills for trash. Mattresses and box springs however contain recyclable materials such as steel, fabric and foam that can be made into new products,” said Alan Wilcom, the County’s Recycling Division Chief. “This new opportunity is just another way Howard County is working to reduce our trash and recycle valuable resources.”
To be eligible for recycling, mattresses and box springs must be dry; those left outside or are wet cannot be recycled. Additionally, residents are reminded that they are responsible for unloading their own vehicles.
Residents may still schedule mattresses and box springs for bulk trash curbside pick-up by calling the Bureau of Environmental Services at 410-313-6444; however, the Bureau is strongly encouraging residents to bring these items to the Landfill to be recycled instead. Mattresses and box springs cannot be placed in or beside curbside recycling bins for curbside recycling collection.
The Alpha Ridge Landfill is located at 2350 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville and is open to residents, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a list of collectable items at the Residents’ Convenience Center, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/ARLConvenienceCenter.htm. For more information on recycling in Howard County, contact the Bureau of Environmental Services at 410-313-6444 or visit them online at www.HowardCountyRecycles.org.