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Program Description

  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 refuse and recyclables for the entire County. It also responds to the residents' service needs.

In addition, the program enforces the County's recycling regulations as they apply to single-family residences, and other waste generators, and enforcement of requirements of Chapter 48 of the County Code. It also supports solid waste program goals and ensures the success of recycling initiatives and progress to achieve the County's recycling goal. Also, the program provides for mandatory recycling and waste reduction for multi-family properties, for all businesses, and for broadly educating everyone living, visiting, and working in the County. Program efforts include technical support, assistance, education, outreach, and training.

It provides for the separation, processing, and marketing of recyclable materials at the Recycling Center (MRF). The MRF receives recyclable material collected under the County curbside collection program from all single-family residences as well as some materials from municipalities, multi- family properties, and non-residential properties that have established recycling programs. The materials are then sorted, baled, and shipped to markets for recycling. The program also provides for the processing, baling, and shipping of the County's residential and some non-residential mixed paper and corrugated paper (cardboard) as well.

The processing, transporting, composting, and marketing of yard trim received by the County is also included in this program, including leaves received from the County's Leaf Vacuuming Program. Processing includes grinding brush to produce mulch at the Transfer Station and composting of all leaves and grass, sold wholesale as LeafGro in bulk and bagged forms.

The program promotes recycling of food scraps as part of the County's overall effort to increase recycling and to reduce the amount of food waste within the County. The program includes initiatives to recycle food scraps and other acceptable organic materials generated by the single-family residential, multi-family residential, and commercial sectors, through composting and/or other technologies.

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Program Contacts

Contact Patrice Bubar of the Recycling and Resource Management at 240.777.7786 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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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Number of tons of Municipal Solid Waste accepted at the Transfer Station: Commercial and multi-family buildings224,638.9203,293.6203,720.5204,148.3204,577.0
Number of business site visits to provide guidance and recycling support5,5634,1439121295,519
Number of Muti-Family Building site visits to provide guidance and recycling support1,2672,2504323272,070
Recycling Reports compliance rate for businesses: % of businesses required to submit a report and plan that have done so100%100%100%100%100%
Recycling Reports compliance rate for multi-family buildings: % of buildings required to submit a report and plan that have done so100%100%100%100%100%
Average number of refuse collections missed per week, not picked up within 24 hours10.58.06.03.03.0
Average number of recycling collections missed per week, not picked up within 24 hours14.213.012.011.09.0
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Program Budget Changes

FY22 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved5764239851.25
Increase Cost: Increase in Residential Recycling Collection Contracts26441390.00
Increase Cost: Recycling Center Operations Costs4670130.00
Increase Cost: Yard Trim Composting2006780.00
Increase Cost: Residential Refuse Collection 1046620.00
Enhance: Backyard Food Waste Composting Program Expansion1000000.00
Increase Cost: Commercial and Multifamily Recycling Program137470.00
Increase Cost: Recycling Outreach, Education, and Volunteers70810.00
Increase Cost: Waste System Program Development-2440.00
Decrease Cost: Reduction in Paper Recycling Program Expenses-1469380.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.6659290.50
FY22 Recommended6169846551.75