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Resource Conservation

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

County

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
Composting 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.