Solid Waste Management in Maryland

MDE's Solid Waste Program (SWP) is responsible for assuring that society's domestic, commercial, and non-hazardous industrial solid waste is handled ​properly. 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 to 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 an 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 an 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

An 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 purposes. 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 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 rats and flies.  For more information on composting of materials other than NWW, see MDE's Organics Diversion and Composting ​page.


Hazardous Waste

hazardous waste removal

Hazardous Waste may be produced as a by-product of certain manufacturing operations. In addition, many commercial chemical products are regulated as hazardous waste once they are discarded or intended to be discarded. The Hazardous Waste Program of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is responsible for the regulation of hazardous waste in Maryland.

For additional information or questions, go to the Hazardous Waste web page or contact Ed Hammerberg by email or phone at 410-537-3314. ​


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. 

Bainbridge Rubble Landfill 

In accordance with Sections 1-601, 1-602, and 1-604 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has made a Tentative Determination to approve a Groundwater Discharge Permit Renewal Application submitted by Bainbridge Development Corporation. The application is for the continued discharge of wastewater generated by rainwater percolating through the closed unlined rubble cell floor of the closed Bainbridge Rubble Landfill into groundwater via infiltration/percolation. This landfill is located 748 Jacob Tome Highway, Port Deposit, Cecil 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. ​

Meetings:

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 May 24, 2022. 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 June 3, 2022. 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. Upon prior request, MDE will provide an interpreter for the deaf or hearing-impaired persons.  

Contact:

Allison Marong: (410) 537-3315

Chesapeake Terrace Rubble Landfill

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:

Notice is given that MDE will hold 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 Tuesday, May 24, 2022 starting at 5:00 p.m. There will be different displays available at the meeting from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. describing the proposed facility and the permit application process, followed by an Informational Meeting at 6 p.m. Representatives for the applicant and MDE will be available to answer specific questions. Upon prior request, MDE will provide an interpreter for the deaf or hearing-impaired persons. The permit application and supporting documents will be available for public review at the Anne Arundel County Public Library located at 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton, Maryland 21113 and at MDE by appointment after May 11, 2022. 
Written comments regarding the application may be submitted to Ms. Kaley Laleker, Director, Land and Materials Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 610, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.

Contact:

Samuel Ogbogu: (410) 537-3315

Hawkins Point Plant Industrial Waste Landfill

The existing and permitted Hawkins Point Plant Industrial Waste Landfill (IWLF) is located at 3801 Fort Armistead Road, Baltimore, Maryland. The landfill is located on a 23-acre fill area on a 30-acre site.  The site is currently permitted by Hawkins Point LLC. Hawkins Management LLC has purchased the Hawkins Point Plant Industrial Waste Landfill site and must apply for a new Refuse Disposal Permit because under Maryland law refuse disposal permits cannot be transferred. There are no changes proposed to the existing landfill, except the change to the permittee's name.

Meetings:

MDE will hold an Informational Meeting regarding this application at the Grunwald Club located at 2825 O’Donnell Street, Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 6:00 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. Representatives for the applicant and MDE will be available to answer specific questions. Upon prior request, MDE will provide an interpreter for the deaf or hearing-impaired persons. Written comments on the application may be submitted to Ms. Kaley Laleker, Director, Land and Materials Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1719.​

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.

Meeting:

MDE held an Informational Meeting regarding this application at the Arrowhead Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room located at 2300 Sansbur​y 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.

 Brown Station Road Area C Sanitary Landfill - Factsheet

Brown Station Road Area C Sanitary Landfill - Phase I Report

 Brown Station Road Area C Sanitary Landfill - Phase II Report

Contact:

Sara Haile: (410) 537-3315

Dorchester County Municipal Landfill

In accordance with Sections 1-601, 1-602, 1-603, and 9-209 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has made a Tentative Determination to approve a Refuse Disposal Permit Application submitted by the County Council of Dorchester County for the proposed Dorchester County Municipal Landfill to be ​located at 6812 East New Market – Elwood Road in Hurlock, Maryland. The proposed Dorchester County Municipal Landfill is a non-hazardous solid waste acceptance facility that proposes to accept residential solid waste, scrap automobile and truck tires, land clearing debris and yard waste, water treatment plant sludge, asbestos, construction and demolition debris, concrete, scrap metal, white goods and soil for disposal and/or recycling.

Meeting:
​To provide an opportunity for interested citizens to obtain information about the proposed expansion of the existing landfill and MDE’s Tentative Determination, an Informational Meeting and a Public Hearing are scheduled for Tuesday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dorchester County Office Building, Room 110 (Council Room), located at 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, MD 21613. That evening, immediately following the Informational Meeting, a Public Hearing will be held to provide the citizens an opportunity to formally comment on MDE’s Tentative Determination concerning the proposed landfill.  

Upon prior request, MDE will provide an interpreter for the deaf or hearing-impaired persons. The permit application and supporting documents will be available for public review at the Dorchester Public Library (Hurlock Branch) located at 222 South Main Street, Hurlock, MD 21643 after August 31, 2021. 

Written comments regarding the application may be submitted to Ms. Kaley Laleker, Director, Land and Materials Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 610, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 within 30 days of the publication of this Tentative Determination.

Public Informational Meetings concerning this application were previously held on March 22, 2018 and October 17, 2018 at the Hurlock American Legion Post 243 located at 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock, Maryland, 21643.

Dorchester County Municipal Landfill - Phase I Report (Nov 2017)
Dorchester County Municipal Landfill - Phase II Report (Jul 2019)
Dorchester County Municipal Landfill - Phase III Report (Aug 2020)
Draft Refuse Disposal Permit Number 2017-WMF-0680 (Aug 2021)
Notice of Tentative Determination, Informational Meeting and Public Hearing (Aug 2021)
Contact:
Allison Marong: (410) 537-3315

Days Cove Rubble Landfill​

In accordance with Sections 1-601, 1-602, and 1-604 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has made a Tentative Determination to approve a Groundwater Discharge Permit Renewal Application submitted by the Days Cove Reclamation Company. The application is for the continued discharge of wastewater generated by rainwater percolating through the rubble cell floor of the closed Days Cove Rubble Landfill Horizontal Expansion into groundwater via infiltration/percolation. This landfill is located at 6425 Days Cove Road, White Marsh, Baltimore County, Maryland 21162. 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 November 9, 2021. 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 November 19, 2021. 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. Upon prior request, MDE will provide an interpreter for the deaf or hearing-impaired persons.

Sara Haile: (410) 537-3315

Tolson and Associates Rubble Landfill

In accordance with Sections 1-601, 1-602, 1-604, and 9-209 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Maryland Department of​ the Environment (MDE) has made a Tentative Determination to approve a Refuse Disposal Permit Application submitted by Tolson & Associates, LLC for the proposed vertical expansion of the Tolson & Associates Rubble Landfill located at the end of Capitol Raceway Road, Crofton in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The proposed vertical expansion will occur within the footprint of the existing landfill and will increase the maximum permitted elevation of the landfill within the limits of the County’s local zoning approval, to provide more efficient use of the airspace that allows an increased overall capacity from 230 feet above mean sea level (AMSL) to 244 feet AMSL. Tolson & Associates Rubble Landfill is a non-hazardous solid waste acceptance facility that accepts land clearing debris and construction and demolition debris for disposal and recycling. For more information on this site see the Tolson Rubble Landfill webpage.
Meetings:
Pursuant to the Environment Article, Sections 1-601 and 1-603, Annotated Code of Maryland, a Virtual Informational Meeting and Public Hearing has been scheduled for interested citizens to obtain information about the permit renewal and MDE’s Tentative Determination. To provide an opportunity for interested citizens to obtain information about the proposed vertical expansion of the existing landfill and MDE’s Tentative Determination, a virtual Informational Meeting and Public Hearing will be held in accordance with Executive Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland No. 21-03-09-03, scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. In order to view or participate in the Virtual Informational Meeting and Public Hearing, a participant must register using the following link:

Once registered, directions to participate online or by phone will be electronically forwarded to the email provided. Participants using a computer or mobile device to participate in the online public meeting will have the opportunity to submit comments online. Phone-only participants will not have the ability to ask questions or comment during the meeting; however, questions and comments may be sent to Mr. Samuel Ogbogu via e-mail at samuel.ogbogu@maryland.gov​ or by phone at 410-537-3315. Questions and comments must be received by June 25, 2021, in order to be read at the Virtual Informational Meeting and Public Hearing.​
The permit application, and supporting documents and draft permit will be available for review after May 28, 2021, on the Tolson Rubble Landfill page. Hard copies will be available for public review at the Crofton Community Library Branch of the Anne Arundel County Library System located at 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton, Maryland 21114.
Written comments regarding the application may be submitted to Ms. Kaley Laleker, Director, Land and Materials Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 610, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 within 30 days of the publication of this Tentative Determination.
Phase I Report (May 2019)
Phase II and III Report (November 2020) Note: Very Large File
Samuel Ogbogu: (410) 537-3315

Al-Ray 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.​

Contact:

Sara Haile: (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

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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