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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County's air, water, and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy, and healthy communities.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY23 Operating Budget for the Recycling and Resource Management is $142,637,895, an increase of $7,368,372 or 5.45 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $135,269,523. Personnel Costs comprise 9.39 percent of the budget for 77 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 113.61 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 90.61 percent of the FY23 budget.

In addition, this department's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires current revenue funding.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

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Initiatives

  • Implement a Save-as-You-Throw pilot program to gauge the feasibility of the program in Montgomery County. If successful, it could greatly increase the material sent for recycling rather than refuse disposal.

  • Expand the commercial food scraps recycling program and recruit additional large-scale commercial generators of food scraps, and expand the single-family residential food scraps collection pilot started in FY22 to include an additional 1,700 homes in FY23 added to the initial 1,700 homes already participating in the curbside pilot.

  • Improve the processing efficiency at the composting facility using software that maximizes compost process efficiency. A new Load Scan system increases the availability of Leafgro by creating accurate load measurement for bulk shipments of Leafgro. Leafgro is compost sold by the County from yard trim collected from single family homes throughout the County.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The Collection Section of Recycling and Resource Management (RRM) reconfigured collection routes in Service Areas 10, 11, 12, and 13 to re-balance routes that had become unbalanced due to new residential construction in these areas and necessitated longer work hours and increased driving to service them.
  • Due to the continuing effects of COVID-19, many education, training, and outreach events were conducted either virtually or online. This has resulted in some cost savings because in-person education and training events were not held at various meeting venues.

  • The contractors and the County staff overseeing operations at the Transfer Station continue to increase safety and compliance at the facility. Due diligence by County staff to inspect trash loads for recyclable materials has raised awareness and compliance with Chapter 48, forbidding recyclable material from being disposed of as trash, and helps increase recycling rates.

Program Descriptions

  Administration and Support

Administration and Support provides support to the Department of Environmental Protection Recycling and Resource Management Division's operations, programs, and mission, and overall financial management and policy direction. The work of the program includes the following focus areas:Maintain the solid waste enterprise funds in a financially prudent manner and maintain structural...

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  Materials and Collection

This program provides for collection of refuse from single family residences in the southern parts of the County (Subdistrict A) and the funds to secure, administer, monitor, and enforce contracts with private collectors for collection of residential recyclables for the entire County. It also responds to the residents' service needs....

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  Disposal

This program provides for the operation of the Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility (RRF). The RRF serves as the primary disposal facility for non-recycled waste generated in the County. Renewable energy in the form of electricity is generated and sold into the competitive energy market. This program also includes costs...

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Program Contacts

Contact Vicky Wan of the Recycling and Resource Management at 240.777.7722 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Approved
FY23
%Chg
Bud/App
SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages9128570.008783570.00 8393948.00 9104945.003.7
Employee Benefits2386857.002611188.00 2500810.00 2601275.00-0.4
Solid Waste Disposal Personnel Costs11515427.0011394758.00 10894758.00 11706220.002.7
Operating Expenses114524981.00110956615.00 109786615.00 115721813.004.3
Capital Outlay1953916.002291444.00 2291444.00 2315605.001.1
Debt Service Other0.000.00 0.00 1629474.000.0
Solid Waste Disposal Expenditures127994324.00124642817.00 122972817.00 131373112.005.4
PERSONNEL
Full-Time79.0079.00 79.00 73.00-7.6
Part-Time2.002.00 2.00 1.00-50.0
FTEs99.78100.28 100.28 101.531.3
REVENUES
Other Licenses/Permits10597.009435.00 10111.00 10111.007.2
Other Charges/Fees219999.00224466.00 209242.00 209242.00-6.8
Sale of Recycled Materials5143886.004412404.00 5477987.00 4961166.0012.4
Solid Waste Disposal Fees/Operating Revenues37075106.0029363397.00 41318240.00 30497324.003.9
Systems Benefit Charge60113506.0077985100.00 67381319.00 89053430.0014.2
Other Fines/Forfeitures21550.0043440.00 30090.00 30090.00-30.7
Miscellaneous Revenues1464812.00221778.00 1841584.00 55000.00-75.2
Property Rentals10198.0016558.00 10198.00 10198.00-38.4
Investment Income112092.001229230.00 99290.00 592670.00-51.8
Solid Waste Disposal Revenues104171746.00113505808.00 116378061.00 125419231.0010.5
 
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1256619.001246684.00 1230690.00 1329210.006.6
Employee Benefits240300.00361678.00 357672.00 358168.00-1.0
Solid Waste Collection Personnel Costs1496919.001608362.00 1588362.00 1687378.004.9
Operating Expenses8374029.009018344.00 8668344.00 9577405.006.2
Solid Waste Collection Expenditures9870948.0010626706.00 10256706.00 11264783.006.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs11.7811.78 11.78 12.082.6
REVENUES
Systems Benefit Charge9886990.0010851750.00 10786464.00 11890756.009.6
Investment Income4682.0070610.00 4150.00 24770.00-64.9
Miscellaneous Revenues23173.000.00 15000.00 0.000.0
Solid Waste Collection Revenues9914845.0010922360.00 10805614.00 11915526.009.1
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures137865272.00135269523.00 133229523.00 142637895.005.4
Total Full-Time Positions83.0083.00 83.00 77.00-7.2
Total Part-Time Positions2.002.00 2.00 1.00-50.0
Total FTEs111.56112.06 112.06 113.611.4
Total Revenues114086591.00124428168.00 127183675.00 137334757.0010.4
FY23 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION124642817100.28
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Save-as-you-Throw Pilot [Materials and Collection]4169100.00
Add: Beantown Dump Remediation [Disposal]2500000.00
Add: Mid-year Part-time to Full-time Upgrade for Code Enforcement Inspector Position [Disposal]715820.50
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Recycling Programs [Materials and Collection]76143820.00
Increase Cost: Transfer Station Power Infrastructure [Disposal]17000000.00
Increase Cost: Debt Service - Disposal Fund [Administration and Support]16294740.00
Increase Cost: Oaks Landfill Capital Equipment and Monitoring [Disposal]15966500.00
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment5384710.00
Increase Cost: Out-of-County Haul During Recycling Center Upgrade [Disposal]3263030.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases2077930.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment1434840.00
Increase Cost: Automation - Disposal [Administration and Support]1101570.00
Increase Cost: Household Hazardous Waste Operations and Capital Equipment [Disposal]899300.00
Increase Cost: Site 2 Maintenance [Disposal]500570.00
Increase Cost: Reallocation of Positions Based on Actual Work Activities - Disposal Fund [Materials and Collection]395040.40
Increase Cost: Reallocation of Positions Based on Actual Work Activities - Disposal Fund [Administration and Support]338370.35
Increase Cost: Eight Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts [Disposal]131930.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment94960.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Lapsed Positions86470.00
Increase Cost: Recycling Outreach and Education [Materials and Collection]65170.00
Increase Cost: Other various smaller items [Materials and Collection]41390.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment13950.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs7510.00
Decrease Cost: Miscellaneous Charges - Disposal [Administration and Support]-1590.00
Decrease Cost: Various Smaller Changes [Disposal]-47050.00
Decrease Cost: Savings due to turnover [Materials and Collection]-141090.00
Decrease Cost: Staff turnover [Disposal]-457220.00
Decrease Cost: Administration - Disposal [Administration and Support]-523900.00
Decrease Cost: OPEB Adjustment-955200.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-1343050.00
Decrease Cost: Transfer Station Maintenance and Capital Equipment [Disposal]-1699680.00
Decrease Cost: Food Waste [Materials and Collection]-1981930.00
Decrease Cost: Recycling Center Operations and Capital Equipment [Materials and Collection]-4583240.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY22-4718560.00
Decrease Cost: Compost Facility - Capital Equipment [Materials and Collection]-8998390.00
Decrease Cost: Resource Recovery Facility Operations [Disposal]-55872870.00
FY23 APPROVED131373112101.53
 
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION1062670611.78
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Collection Contract Adjustments [Materials and Collection]3809520.00
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment1783080.00
Increase Cost: Reallocation of Positions Based on Actual Work Activities - Collection Fund [Administration and Support]309860.30
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases259140.00
Increase Cost: Increased Staffing Cost [Materials and Collection]190680.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment161680.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment59430.00
Increase Cost: Increased Staffing Cost [Administration and Support]22210.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs1890.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment710.00
Decrease Cost: Miscellaneous Changes - Collection [Administration and Support]-13130.00
Decrease Cost: OPEB Adjustment-49000.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-155300.00
FY23 APPROVED1126478312.08
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
FY23 APPR
Expenditures
FY23 APPR
FTEs
Administration and Support676115239.16966852440.81
Disposal6562641121.156330787521.65
Materials and Collection6288196051.756966149651.15
Total135269523112.06142637895113.61
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY22
Total$
FY22
FTES
FY23
Total$
FY23
FTES
SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL
General ServicesGeneral Fund3007430.003226970.00
Alcohol Beverage ServicesLiquor165890.00178000.00
Parking District ServicesBethesda Parking652810.00700460.00
Parking District ServicesSilver Spring Parking1264810.001357140.00
Parking District ServicesWheaton Parking122400.00131340.00
Total5213340.005593910.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Approved131373.000000131373.000000131373.000000131373.000000131373.000000131373.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY230.000000-3450.000000-3450.000000-3450.000000-3450.000000-3450.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY23, including funding for capital equipment at the Oaks Landfill and for electrical power infrastructure at the Transfer Station, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000461.000000461.000000461.000000461.000000461.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures131373.000000128384.000000128384.000000128384.000000128384.000000128384.000000
 
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Approved11265.00000011265.00000011265.00000011265.00000011265.00000011265.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000056.00000056.00000056.00000056.00000056.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures11265.00000011322.00000011322.00000011322.00000011322.00000011322.000000