Howard’s Scrap Food Program to Reach Over Half Million Households

Recently Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the county’s food scrap curbside collection program would expand to 53% of households. 

Howard County Executive Calvin Bal

Last week Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced a major expansion of the county’s food scrap curbside collection program coming this spring. When implemented, the program will reach 53 percent of households, helping the environment by diverting food waste from landfills and turning it into compost.

Under the expansion, 5,635 households in Wilde Lake and Centennial Lane areas will have access to green bins that allow for food scrap collection, bringing the total households served to more than 34,000.

According to the press release:

Even if you don’t produce a lot of food waste – every little bit counts. Last year 900 tons of food scraps were diverted from the landfill through our program and turned into nutrient-rich compost. Howard County is leading the way in Maryland to create a clean and sustainable environment, and this is an easy and sustainable way for everyone to do their part. – Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive

Howard County’s curbside food scrap collection program was the first and the largest of its kind in Maryland. Since the program’s start in 2013, more than 34,000 households have food scrap collections available with curbside collections service. Additionally, seven Howard County Public Schools have joined curbside collections for food scraps. The collected material is transported to the Alpha Ridge Landfill’s state-of-the-art Composting Facility where it is turned into compost, a valuable soil amendment.

Read the full press release.