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Service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
By Mail:Bureau of Revenue CollectionsP.O. Box 609, Bel Air, Maryland 21014.
In Person:220 South Main Street Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Except on County holidays A "drop-box" for payment is also located at this address.
By Telephone:To make a payment by phone, call 1.844.836.9732
Visa®, MasterCard®, and Discover® credit cards and electronic checks are accepted. A convenience fee may apply.
We have detailed information provided on one page for your convenience. Please visit our Water & Sewer Rate page here.
In general Harford County's treated water contains chlorine to disinfect the water (1.0 to 1.5 parts per million), and fluoride (0.7 parts per million). The pH of the treated water is maintained at 7.2 - 7.3 and phosphate is added to protect piping. Carbon is used to remove odor and taste, but the carbon is filtered out before the finished water leaves the plant. A Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is prepared annually and is provided to all customers in accordance with federal and state requirements. To view the Latest CCR .
In addition to the tests performed at the treatment plant, 100 samples each month are analyzed from various areas of the County water distribution system and tested for bacteria, and chlorine residual. If any test is positive, a new sample is taken from the same area and re-tested. Positive findings must be reported to the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the public would be notified through the media. Harford County has never had a confirmed positive reading related to the water quality of the distribution system.
And periodic samples are taken throughout the distribution system to demonstrate compliance with the lead and copper rule and the disinfection byproducts rule.
Harford County DPW has implemented this program to replace water meters that are currently greater than 15 years old at no charge to our customers.
If your old meter is located outside your home our mechanics will swap out the meter without contacting you. If your meter is inside your home it will require our mechanics have access inside your home to exchange the meter requiring you to schedule an appointment. You will be notified of the need to contact us for scheduling. Someone at least 18 years old must be home during your installation appointment. In addition, consider the following:
The new meter will typically operate the same as the old meter. All water meters in Harford County have a wireless device that transmits the meter readings on a licensed radio frequency over a short distance to a handheld.
You may detect a slight increase in your water bill. As meters age, they tend to run slower and lose accuracy over time. The new meters record consumption more accurately.
Please call the Harford County Division of Water and Sewer Maintenance Department at 410-612-1612.
Please contact your trash collector for the pick up day of your address. Most residents will continue with the same collection day as previously. The residential trash collectors in Harford County are:
Bartenfelder Sanitation Services, 410-420-9220
Cockey’s Enterprises Inc., 410-242-3344
Republic Services, 800-284-7056
Waste Industries, a GFL Company, 410-457-0404
Note: Harford County licenses, but does not endorse, trash collectors. If you encounter a firm not on the list above, please contact Harford County’s Solid Waste Management at 410-638-3637.
Maryland law requires that all apartment and condominium communities with 10 or more units provide a recycling program for residents. For more information, please contact the Office of Recycling at 410-638-3417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your trash collector is also picking up your recycling. Phone numbers of the major trash collectors in the County are:
Harford Trash Services, Inc., 443-752-0784
Note: Harford County licenses, but does not endorse, trash collectors. If you encounter a firm not on the list above, please contact Harford County's Solid Waste Management at 410-638-3637.
They accept all recyclable materials free of charge, Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Also accepted for recycling at the Disposal Center are clothing and textiles, computers, scrap metal, motor oil and antifreeze, ink jet cartridges, used propane cylinders, and wet cell batteries.
Clean newspapers, magazines, & catalogs, junk mail, envelopes (plastic windows okay), phone books, hardback & paperback books, office paper (writing, copy, computer, letterhead, NCR), cardstock/greeting cards, paper bags, paperboard boxes (cereal, frozen food, shoe, etc.), corrugated cardboard, milk, juice, and ice cream cartons and boxes, bottles & jugs (milk, water, detergent, salad dressing, cooking oil, shampoo, spray products, etc.), wide-mouth containers (margarine, yogurt, peanut butter, etc.), disposable plastic cups, plastic toys, plastic lawn furniture, plastic coolers, plastic buckets, trash cans, laundry baskets, flower & nursery pots, aluminum & steel/tin cans (drink, food, & pet food), EMPTY aerosol cans (except pesticide and spray paint), aluminum foil, aluminum foil bake ware, glass, food, & beverage bottles & jars (any color)
No. Yard trimmings (grass clippings, limbs, branches, bushes, leaves) must be brought to either the Harford Waste Disposal Center at the Mulch and Compost Facility, Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., free of charge. Or, the former Tollgate Landfill drop off site, December - March Saturdays only; April - November Thursday, Friday and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m at 703 North Tollgate Road Bel Air, MD 21014
Coroplast (corrugated polypropylene) signs are not accepted for single stream recycling and should be disposed with the trash.
The Army’s Steam Purchase Agreement for the Waste-to-Energy facility expires in March 2016. The Army has notified the county of its desire not to renew this agreement and to shut the facility down.
Disposal of the County’s solid waste at the Harford Waste Disposal Center Landfill is not a sustainable solution. There is insufficient capacity remaining for the long-term.
Both of these facilities will cease operations on or around March 2016.
The other alternatives considered are listed on the Alternative Solutions Table with the associated operating and capital costs listed. It is important to note that there are other factors external of costs that were also considered, such as convenience and feasibility. Alternative Solutions Table
This alternative was strongly considered and was a viable option at the time due to the close proximity to I-95 and other major roadways, however the plans for the Baltimore facility have not yet come to fruition, and this no longer became a realistic option. Furthermore, considerations regarding long-term costs and the concerns of the community were also reasons for exploring additional options.
Future uses of the property will be studied over the next year. The long-term needs of the Department of Public Works will be considered, as will the public safety infrastructure needs of the nearby community.
Every feasible solid waste alternative resulted in increased disposal costs. The rate study will evaluate revenue mechanisms to fund the solid waste program and how those revenues will translate to disposal costs passed onto the customers. The new solid waste fee structure will be implemented to become effective when this new plan commences.
For general questions about Solid Waste in Harford County, you can also contact the Department of Public Works, Environmental Services Division at 410-638-3018 or email@example.com.
In addition, if you wish to contact your County Council representative and need that contact information, visit the County Council Page. County Council Page
Please call 410-638-3018 for questions about solid waste services. Please direct inquiries about recycling to 410-638-3417. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Harford Waste Disposal Center accepts many materials for disposal from County residents including: Putrescible household trash and garbage Bulky items such as furniture, bookshelves, used carpeting, etc. Mattresses and cushions Recyclable materials including paper and cardboard, rigid plastics labeled #1-#7, aluminum cans, tin cans, and glass bottles Used motor oil Used antifreeze Old gasoline and gas/oil mixtures (limited to no more than 10 gallons) Used tires off the rim (tires exceeding 32-inch diameter shall first be quartered) Wet cell batteries Empty refillable propane cylinders not greater than 20 pound capacity Used clothing Scrap metal, metal objects, and appliances including copper wire and tubing Computer monitors, hard drives, keyboards, and mice Construction and demolition debris (plywood, lumber, doors and door casings, windows and window casings, garage doors, sheds, posts, timber ties, wood associated with swing sets, fencing, drywall, cinder block, brick, asphalt, shingles, tiles, and concrete ) not exceeding 25% of the volume of the vehicle’s load Latex Paint Yard trim including grass clippings, leaves, and brush/tree limbs; and Non-friable asbestos (please call 410-638-3638 for specific instructions). The Tollgate yard trim drop-off facility only accepts residential yard trim including grass clippings, leaves, and brush/tree limbs December - March Saturdays only; and April - November Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m..
Liquid Waste Friable Asbestos Chemicals and chemical constituents in containers with volumes which are greater than that typically found in retail stores catering to the homeowner (including solvents and degreasers, oil based paint, thinners, herbicides, pesticides) Poisons Acids or caustic liquids Explosives or ordinance Hot ashes Radioactive substances Vehicles (including automobiles, RV’s, trucks, motorcycles Drums unless emptied and flattened Compressed gas cylinders (other than refillable 20-pound propane cylinders) Septage Logs and stumps Soil or stone Limitations on certain materials including but not limited to construction and demolition debris. Bureau of Solid Waste Management Rules (PDF)
The Harford Waste Disposal Center and Harford Mulch & Compost Facility are open 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Saturday. It is closed Sundays and County Holidays.
The Tollgate Yard Trim drop-off operating hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April-November: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. December-March: Saturday only.
Please note the fees for pick-ups and trailers are based on a bed size of no more than 3 feet high and 8-feet long. Beds exceeding these dimensions shall be weighed on the scales and pay the current tipping fee of $72/ton. Cost will be based on the actual weight of the waste, which could be less than $72. The minimum charge of $7 is required at the time of weighing. Any subsequent charge, based on the actual weight, will be collected upon exiting the Harford Waste Disposal Center.
Credit cards for residential transactions for the disposal of solid waste only. Unfortunately we can not accept debit cards or checks. Cash transactions will continue to be required for bulk sales of mulch and compost.
Harford Waste Disposal Center (HWDC)
From South - North on Route 1 to Route 543. Left on 543 five miles, right on Route 440 two miles to Scarboro Road. Right on Scarboro Road and left into HWDC entrance.
From East - Route 22 West to Route 136. Right on Route 136 to Route 440. Left on Route 440 to Scarboro Road. Left on Scarboro Road and left into HWDC entrance.
From West - Route 165 to Route 543 to Route 440. Route 440 to Scarboro Road. Left into HWDC entrance.
From North - Route 1 South to Route 136. Right on Route 136 to Route 440. Left on Route 440 to Scarboro Road. Left on Scarboro Road to HWDC.
Tollgate Yard Trim Drop-off Facility Located at 701 N. Tollgate Road, across from the entrance to the County Farm Fair/Equestrian Center. From Bel Air, proceed to Tollgate Road from either business Route 1 or Boulton Street , after the Route 1 Bypass overpass, drive past the Equestrian Center. The entrance to the drop-off facility will be on the right which is shared with the entrance for the Ma and Pa trail parking access. Proceed up the hill past the chain link gate.
You need to contact your private trash collector about any problems with service. Harford County does not perform nor manage the trash collection services.
The licensed companies providing residential curbside trash pick-up and recycling pick-up in Harford County include
Bartenfelder Sanitation Services: 410-420-9220
Cockey’s Enterprises, Inc.: 410-242-3344
Republic Services: 800-284-7056
Note: Harford County licenses, but does not endorse, trash collectors. If you encounter a firm not on the list above, please contact Harford County’s Solid Waste Management at 410-638-3637. Harford County does not endorse the use of any particular company.
Yes, wide mouth plastic containers are accepted for recycling, this includes peanut butter jars, margarine tubs and yogurt containers. All recyclables should be emptied and lightly rinsed. Caps, labels and lids can remain on bottles, cans and jars.
Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Electronics Recycling Brochure (PDF)
Latex paint can be disposed of in the regular trash if it is first solidified by opening the paint can lid in an open safe area. Drying can be accelerated by adding kitty litter, wood chips, sawdust, or paint hardener (found in most paint stores/paint departments). Once the paint has dried and solidified it can be added to the household trash. Latex paint can be brought to the Harford Waste Disposal Center in liquid form and poured into a metal bin specifically designated for latex paint (charges apply).
For additional information, please call Office of Recycling, 410-638-3417. Used Motor Oil & Anti-freeze Recycling Sites
Tires are accepted at the Harford Waste Disposal Center with no more than 5 tires per year. Maximum diameter of whole tires is 32-inches. Tires in excess of 32-inch diameter shall be first quartered.
County residents may self-load the equivalent of 3-30 gallons trash cans of material at no charge per trip. Alternatively, residents may purchase bulk quantities at $10 per cubic yard.
You may utilize the Health Department Edgewood disposal kiosk or safely dispose at home. For more information go to https://harfordcountyhealth.com/sharps-disposal/