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Program Description

  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 for related operations at the Transfer Station and for the transportation of waste from the Transfer Station to the RRF. Also, it provides for the operation of the receiving, processing, and shipping facility for municipal solid waste generated within the County.

In addition, the program provides for the rail shipment of ash residue from the RRF to Fulton Rail Yard near Richmond, Virginia, where it is unloaded and transported by truck to the Old Dominion Landfill, a contracted landfill where the ash is processed for further metals removal and recycling. Ash is beneficially reused as alternate daily cover and road base within the lined areas of Old Dominion Landfill. This program also provides for the shipment of non-processible waste, such as construction material and, if necessary, bypass waste, from the Transfer Station to either recycling facilities, rubble landfills, or other contracted landfills. It provides for the operation of a satellite drop-off site at the Poolesville Highway Services Depot and funds the proper disposal of household hazardous waste such as flammable products, insecticides, mercury, and reactive and corrosive chemicals. The materials are handled through the County's hazardous waste contractor and permitted hazardous waste management facilities.

The program maintains the closed Oaks Landfill in an environmentally sound and cost-effective manner in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations. Mandated duties under this program include managing landfill gas through collection, flaring, and gas-to-energy systems, and maintaining leachate storage and pre-treatment facilities. This program also provides for the acceptance and treatment of waste generated by the cleanout of storm water oil/grit separators. Finally, the program maintains the closed Gude Landfill, including monitoring of air and water quality around the landfill. In addition, planning for remediation mandated by the Maryland Department of the Environment to minimize potentially adverse environmental impacts and the design of post-completion uses for the site that serve the community are part of this program.

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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: Residential, single family, and townhouse communities217,615.3221,564.4222,029.7222,495.93222,963.2
Number of tons of County-wide yard trim and leaves collected180,633.3207,080.4207,515.3207,951.1208,387.8
Number of tons of County-wide Commingled Recycling collected33,974.528,190.728,249.928,309.228,368.7
Number of tons of County-wide Mixed Paper collected117,896.9114,537.5114,778.0115,019.0115,260.6
Number of tons of County-wide Food Waste collected6,889.67,543.37,559.17,575.07,590.9
Number of tons of County-wide Household Hazardous Waste collected3,815.42,145.82,150.32,154.82,159.3
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Program Budget Changes

FY22 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved6738845721.15
Increase Cost: Compost Facility Capital Equipment5322280.00
Increase Cost: Resource Recovery Facility Operations and Insurance Adjustment3568840.00
Increase Cost: Beantown Dump Evaluation and Action2500000.00
Increase Cost: Oaks Landfill Maintenance1711690.00
Increase Cost: Processing of Residential Hazardous Material1308730.00
Increase Cost: Recycling Center Capital Equipment640000.00
Increase Cost: Miscellaneous Adjustments30240.00
Decrease Cost: Scheduled Transfer Station Capital Equipment Replacements -12725000.00
Decrease Cost: Reduction in Out-of-County Haul Costs-13344170.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-6633070.00
FY22 Approved6562641121.15