Curbside recycling of leaves can save landfill space, money

December 20, 1993

Take your raked up leaves and recycle them during a once-a-week curbside recycling service sponsored by Howard County.

This program can help save taxpayers money and space in the local landfills. Leaves may be put out with newspapers.

Almost all of Howard County's curbside recycling routes accept leaves and yard waste through December. Here are the communities that will take the leaves in unlimited quantities: Elkridge, Ellicott City east of Bethany Lane, Scaggsville east of Route 29, all Howard County routes in North Laurel and Columbia.

Leaves and yard waste must be placed in open-topped plastic or paper bags weighing less than 40 pounds.

Acceptable containers include 30 gallon paper leaf bags, plastic bags, rigid-walled, open-topped or metal or plastic trash-type containers.

Every 20 pound bag of leaves that is picked up for recycling saves county taxpayers 60 cents, said Linda Fields, recycling manager.

Information: 313-SORT.

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