Solid Waste Management Planning
As with Water and Sewer Plans, the County Solid Waste Management Plan is regulated under Environmental Article, Title 9. It is the responsibility of local planning agencies to create and maintain a Solid Waste Management Plan as prescribed in the State Law and for the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) to advise the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on its consistency with the local comprehensive planning documents and all other relevant land use matters that it impacts.
Solid waste management impacts every aspect of daily life and public infrastructure. From collections to processing the waste, every community and locale is impacted by the means these operations are undertaken – publically and privately. Early landfill issues of groundwater contamination to mounting volumes of trash and the siting of new places for larger rubbish disposal operations led to heightened environmentally focused land use planning and waste handling methods.
Today, Maryland is investigating a Zero Waste Strategy to maximize public health, safety and welfare efforts while minimizing land use impacts. This effort will entail an educational outreach that must move every citizen into participation on as many fronts as possible.
This webpage offers links to information towards meeting local and State waste management goals. Each County Solid Waste Management Plan or Program is listed with a link for more information. Please take a moment to learn how you can impact the effort to leaving as waste-free trail behind you as possible.
Working with the local planning agencies and MDE, MDP supports the goals for effective land use towards the implementation of the State and local regulations for a clean and healthy environment. The Solid Waste Management Plan is the document that outlines the local government’s implementation strategies towards those goals.
County Solid Waste Management Plans Online
Year of Document or Information Site
|Allegany County||2011 - 2021|
|Anne Arundel County||2013 - 2023|
|Baltimore City||2013 - 2023|
|Baltimore County||Baltimore County Solid Waste Program|
|Calvert County||2006 - 2018|
|Caroline County||Caroline County Solid Waste Program / Recycling Program|
|Carroll County||2006 - 2016|
|Cecil County||2008 - 2017|
|Charles County||2011 - 2021|
|Dorchester County||Dorchester County Solid Waste Program|
|Frederick County||1998 - 2017|
|Garrett County||2014 - 2024|
|Harford County||2015 - 2024|
|Howard County||2015 - 2025|
|Kent County||2007 - 2017|
|Montgomery County||2012 - 2023|
|Prince George's County||2012 - 2022|
|Queen Anne's County||2015 - 2025|
|Somerset County||Somerset County Solid Waste Program|
|St. Mary's County||2005 - 2015 Update|
|Talbot County||Talbot County Solid Waste Program|
|Washington County||2011 - 2021|
|Wicomico County||Wicomico County Solid Waste Program|
|Worcester County||Worcester County Solid Waste Program|
The following are solid waste operations that impact the landscape, our water and air:Solid Waste Acceptance (SWA) Facilities
- Municipal landfills
- Rubble [construction and demolition (C&D) debris] landfills
- Non-hazardous industrial waste landfills
- Land clearing debris landfills
- Waste-to-energy facilities
- Municipal incinerators
- Special medical waste incinerators
- Special medical waste processing facilities
- Solid waste processing facilities
- Solid waste transfer stations
Natural Wood Waste Recycling (NWWR) Facilities
Open Burning of Solid Waste
Open Burning Fact Sheet - This fact sheet describes the regulatory requirements and provides examples of when materials that are solid waste can and can't be burned.
For additional information on the permitted solid waste acceptance facilities, visit MDE's Permitted Solid Waste Facilities.