MDE's Solid Waste Program (SWP) is responsible for assuring that society's domestic, commercial, and non-hazardous industrial solid waste is handled prope​rly. Improper handling of these wastes can pose direct threats to both public health and Maryland's natural resources, particularly water resources. Since 1914, Maryland has had laws requiring solid waste be handled in a manner that minimizes the risk posed to public health and the environment. The impact caused by poor waste disposal practices include: 
  • pollution of groundwater, which many Marylanders rely on for drinking water supplies;
  • pollution of surface water, with the potential for impacting drinking​ water supplies of many of the large municipalities in Maryland (e.g. Baltimore City); and,
  • health nuisances such as odor, rats, flies, and mosquitoes.
 
 

Solid Waste Acceptance Facilities

MDE regulates Solid Waste Acceptance (SWA) facilities to ensure the proper disposal of solid waste in an environmentally acceptable manner while protecting the public health and the environment, including surface and groundwater. A Refuse Disposal (RD) Permit is required for the installation, alteration, or extension of a SWA facility. The RD Permit regulates the design, construction, operation, and monitoring of such facilities to minimize the impact on public health and the environment. Municipal, rubble, and some industrial waste landfills are required to have liners and leachate collection systems that facilitate the collection of leachate and prevent migration of pollutants out of the landfill to adjacent subsurface soil, groundwater, and surface water. (The term leachate is used to describe the liquid formed when precipitation soaks into landfill waste and migrates downward through waste due to gravity. As liquids move through the waste, they may extract substances leaching out of the waste - hence the term leachate) With some exceptions, processing and transfer activities are required to be conducted in an enclosed building to control odor, dust, noise, and the like. For a complete list of permitted SWA facilities, see the Permitted Facilities page.

SWA facilities, which are regulated by a RD Permit, include:

  • 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 Facilities

A NWWR Facility is a facility that accepts natural wood waste such as tree stumps and limbs, brush, root mats, logs, leaves, grass clippings, unadulterated wood wastes, and other natural vegetative materials that are generated when land is cleared for construction purposed. These facilities produce a variety of products including wood chips, mulch, compost, and firewood, which may be sold to consumers. These facilities are valued because they prevent natural wood waste from entering the landfill and make useful products from such waste. Recycling natural wood waste saves valuable space, thereby extending the life of landfills in Maryland. An individual or general NWWR Facility Permit is required for persons constructing and operating such a facility.  For a complete list of permitted NWWR facilities, see the Permitted Facilities​ page.  

Natural Wood Waste Fact Sheet - A fact sheet concerning the NWWR regulations.

Composting Facilities

Composting of organic material can be a useful way to recycle materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Larger-scale commercial, governmental, or cooperative composting activities can potentially have negative environmental impacts such as water pollution, the risk of fire, and the development of significant health nuisances such as odor and the attraction of disease vectors such as rates and flies.  For more information on composting of materials other than NWW, see MDE's Organics Diversion and Composting ​page.

Regulation of the Open Burning of Solid Waste

Open burn permits issued by the local health officer can help to address air pollution, nuisance, and public safety concerns when all applicable laws and regulations are followed. The Land and Materials Administration, with input from the Air and Radiation Management Administration, has put together guidance in an effort to clarify the appropriate application of open burning regulations.

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.

Solid Waste Program Public Meetings or Hearings:

For the most up to date information on public meetings or hearings, visit the MDE Calendar Page. 

Oak Avenue Rubble Landfill

The exisiting landfill is located at 1020 Oak Avenue, Joppa, Harford County, Maryland 21085. The current permit requires semi-annual monitoring of the groundwater for metals and organic compounds. The proposed permit allows MDE to set and maintain requirements for the continued monitoring of groundwater quality at the closed rubble landfill, and does not authorize an expansion or other change to the facility.

Meeting:

An Informational Meeting will be held if a written request is received by MDE on or before November 13, 2020. The request should indicate the name, address and daytime telephone number of the person making the request, the name of any party whom the person making the request may represent, and the name of the facility. Send the request to: Ms. Kaley Laleker, Director, Land and Materials Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1719.

2020-07-HA-OakAve-P-GWDRenewalApplication.pdfPermit Application

2020-10-HA-OakAve-APA-PublicNotice.pdfNotice of Application Received and Opportunity for Informational Meeting

2020-06-HA-OakAve-R-GWM.pdf2nd Quarter 2020 Groundwater and Leachate Monitoring Report (July 2020)​

Contact:

Sara Haile: (410) 537-3315

Phillips Army Airfield Rubble Landfill

The existing landfill is located west of Bush River Road and north of Phillips Army Airfield on the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground, in Harford County, Maryland. The current permit requires the semi-annual monitoring of the groundwater for metals and organic compounds. The proposed permit allows MDE to set and maintain requirements for the continued monitoring of groundwater quality at the closed rubble landfill, and does not authorize an expansion or other change to the facility.

Meeting:

A Public Hearing will be held on the MDE’s Tentative Determination on this permit application if a written request is received on or before September 15, 2020. The request should indicate the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the person making the request, the name of any party whom the person making the request may represent, and the name of the facility. Any written comments concerning the Tentative Determination must be received by the close of business on September 25, 2020. Requests for a Public Hearing or written comments should be sent to: Ms. Kaley Laleker, Director, Land and Materials Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1719.​

2019-12-HA-PhillipsArmyRLF-GWD_Permit_Application.pdfPermit Application

2020-08-HA-PhillipsArmyRLF-NoticeofTentativeDetermination.pdfNotice of Tentative Determination

2020-08-HA-PhillipsArmyRLF-DRAFTPermit_2019-GWD-3049.pdfDraft Groundwater Discharge Permit

2019-11-HA-PhillipsArmyRLF-R-EMR.pdf2nd 2019 Semi-Annual Groundwater and Methane Monitoring Report​

Contact:

Allison Marong: (410) 537-3315

​Amcelle Rubble Landfill (UPDATED: September 15, 2020)

​The existing landfill is located at 12501 Arnel Avenue, Cumberland, 21502 in Allegany County, Maryland. The current permit requires semi-annual monitoring of the groundwater for metals and organic compounds. The proposed permit allows MDE to set and maintain requirements for the continued monitoring of groundwater quality at the closed rubble landfill, and does not authorize an expansion or other change to the facility. MDE has made a Tentative Determination to approve a Groundwater Discharge Permit Renewal Application submitted by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Meeting:

A Public Hearing will be held on the MDE’s Tentative Determination on this permit application if a written request is received on or before October 6, 2020. The request should indicate the name, address and daytime telephone number of the person making the request, the name of any party whom the person making the request may represent, and the name of the facility. Any written comments concerning the Tentative Determination must be received by the close of business on October 16, 2020. Requests for a Public Hearing or written comments should be sent to: Ms. Kaley Laleker, Director, Land and Materials Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1719.​

2020-09-AL-Amcelle-P-TentativeDetermination.pdfNotice of Tentative Determination

2020-09-AL-Amcelle-P-DRAFT_GWD.pdfDraft Groundwater Discharge Permit

2020-04-AL-Amcelle-PermitApplication.pdfPermit Application

2020-07-AL-Amcelle-MeetingNotice.pdfNotice of Informational Meeting

2018-09-AL-Amcelle-R-EMR.pdf2018 Second Semi-Annual Monitoring Report

Contact:

Sara Haile: (410) 537-3315

Dulin Rubble Landfill

​The existing landfill is located at 23310 Ricauds Branch Road, Chestertown in Kent County, Maryland​. The current permit requires the semi-annual monitoring of the groundwater for metals and organic compounds. The proposed permit allows MDE to set and maintain requirements for the continued monitoring of groundwater quality at the closed rubble landfill, and does not authorize an expansion or other change to the facility.

Meeting:

A Public Hearing will be held on the MDE’s Tentative Determination on this permit application if a written request is received on or before July 8, 2020. The request should indicate the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the person making the request, the name of any party whom the person making the request may represent, and the name of the facility. Any written comments concerning the Tentative Determination must be received by the close of business on July 20, 2020. Requests for a Public Hearing or written comments should be sent to: Ms. Kaley Laleker, Director, Land and Materials Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1719.​

2020-01-KT-Dulin-PermitApplication.pdfPermit Application

2020-06-KT-Dulin-Tentative Determination.pdfNotice of Tentative Determination

2020-06-KT-Dulin-DRAFTPermit-2020-GWD-2978.pdfDraft Groundwater Discharge Permit

2018-08-KT-Dulin-R-EMR.pdf2018 Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report

Contact:

Sara Haile: (410) 537-3315

Al-Ray Super Rubble Landfill

​The existing landfill is located at 4910 Sands Road, Lothian, Anne Arundel County, Maryland 20711. The current permit requires the semi-annual monitoring of the groundwater for metals and organic compounds. The proposed permit allows MDE to set and maintain requirements for the continued monitoring of groundwater quality at the closed rubble landfill, and does not authorize an expansion or other change to the facility, which is now part of the Sands Road Park.​

Meeting:

A Public Hearing will be held on the MDE’s Tentative Determination on this permit application if a written request is received on or bef​ore July 6, 2020. The request should indicate the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the person making the request, the name of any party whom the person making the request may represent, and the name of the facility. Any written comments concerning the Tentative Determination must be received by the close of business on July 16, 2020. Requests for a Public Hearing or written comments should be sent to: Ms. Kaley Laleker, Director, Land and Materials Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1719.​

2020-10-AA-Al_Ray-APA-Factsheet.pdfFactsheet​: Al-Ray RLF Grounwdater Discharge Permit Renewal (Oct 2020)

2020-10-AA-SandsRdRLF-APA-NoticeofTentativeDetermination.pdfNotice of Tentative Determination, Informational Meeting and Public Hearing (Oct 2020)

2020-02-AA-SandsRdRLF-PermitApplication.pdfPermit Application

2020-06-AA-SandsRdRLF-APA-NoticeofTentativeDetermination.pdfNotice of Tentative Determination and Opportunity for Public Hearing (June 2020)

2020-06-AA-SandsRdRLF-DRAFTPermit-2020-GWD-2130.pdfDraft Groundwater Discharge Permit

2019-08-AA-AlRay-R-EMR.pdfAugust 2019 Environmental Monitoring Results

Contact:

Sara Haile: (410) 537-3315

Brown Station Road Area C Sanitary Landfill

​The existing and permitted Brown Station Road Landfill is located at 3500 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The application is to construct and operate proposed Area C, to be constructed in the area between the closed landfill known as Area A and the active landfill designated Area B, on 217 acres of the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill. The application also increases the permitted elevation of the existing landfills vertically from 210 feet (ft) above mean sea level (amsl) to 250 ft amsl.

Meetings:

MDE held an Informational Meeting regarding this application at the Arrowhead Elementary School Multi Purpose Room located at 2300 Sansbury Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774 on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.  The purpose of the Informational Meeting is to provide an opportunity to the general public to obtain information about the permit application and MDE’s review process

2019-12-PG-BrownStationRd-FS-AreaC.pdfBrown Station Road Area C Sanitary Landfill - Fact Sheet

2019-07-PG-BrownStationRd-R-PhaseI.pdfBrown Station Road Area C Sanitary Landfill - Phase I Report

Contact:

Sara Haile: (410) 537-3315

Chesapeake Terrace Rubble Landfill Application

The proposed Chesapeake Terrace Rubble Landfill will be located along Patuxent Road in Odenton, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. National Waste Managers, Inc. has applied for a Refuse Disposal Permit to construct and operate a non-hazardous solid waste acceptance facility that will accept land clearing debris and construction and demolition debris for disposal and/or recycling. See the Chesapeake Terrace Rubble Landfill page for more information.

Meetings:

MDE held an Informational Meeting regarding this application at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Mainsail and East Conference Rooms, located at 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, on Thursday, November 21, 2019 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Notice of Informational Meeting

Contact:

Samuel Ogbogu: (410) 537-3315

Tolson Rubble Landfill

The active Tolson and Associates Rubble Landfill is currently permitted under Refuse Disposal Permit # 2003-WRF-0580, issued to Tolson and Associates, LLC. Tolson and Associates, LLC has applied to expand the existing landfill laterally from 72.38 acres to 118.5 acres, increase the height of the landfill from 230 feet above mean sea level (Ft-msl) to 244 ft-msl, and lower the bottom of the landfill from 122 ft-msl to 100 ft-msl. The proposed expansion is estimated to provide 16 million cubic yards of additional landfill capacity. For more information on this site see the Tolson Rubble Landfill page​
 

Meetings:

The most recent event was on September 10, 2019. This Public Informational Meeting was regarding a refuse disposal permit application for the proposed expansion of the Tolson & Associates Rubble Landfill.

Tolson Rubble Landfill Expansion Application Documents:

Contact:

Samuel Ogbogu: (410) 537-3315

Maryland Solid Waste and Recycling Facilities Work Group

Passed during the 2017 Legislative Session, House Bill 124 (Chapter 376) directs the Maryland Department of the Environment (the “Department”) to adopt regulations to specify when a “recycling facility” may operate without a refuse disposal permit and to exempt certain materials that are managed at a recycling facility from being designated as “solid waste.”  The law also provides that the regulations may include design and operational conditions for recycling facilities to protect the environment and allows for a tiered system of permits or approvals that are based on the type and amount of materials to be managed at a facility.   In accordance with the statute, the Department must convene and consult with a workgroup of affected stakeholders when developing the regulations.​

Work Group Documents:

Contact:

Edward Dexter: (410) 537-3315

Facilities of Interest

Honeygo Rubble Landf​​ill

The Honeygo Rubble Landfill, located north of Md. Rt. 43 and east of I-95 in White Marsh, Baltimore County, is a commercial landfill for the disposal of construction and demolition debris from building construction and demolition. Th​e landfill is permitted to accept lumber, wood, shingles, metal, carpet, concrete, drywall, plaster and plasterboard, appliances, packaging materials, and related materials commonly used in structures and generated during their construction. It consists of a 77.2-acre landfill on a 116.9-acre site. Since September 2018, strong sulfur odors have been noted in the vicinity of the landfill. For more information, see the fact sheet: Honeygo Rubble Landfill Odor Issues.

Allied Chemical Chromium Works/Harbor Point Redevelopment

Harbor Point Development, LLC has constructed a commercial and retail building at the former Allied Chemical chromium plant at 1000 Wills Street in Fells Point, where chromium ore was processed for over 130 years until the plant was demolished in the 1980s. Due to extensive contamination with chromium from the historical industrial activities, the site was subject to a thorough investigation and remediation in accordance with the State and federal hazardous waste regulations. Learn more on the Allied Chemical page. 

 

Contact us

Solid Waste Program, Land and Materials Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd., Ste. 605
Baltimore MD  21230-1719
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