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Program Description


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 the 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 and flaring, and maintaining leachate storage and pre-treatment facilities. This program also provides for the acceptance and treatment of waste generated by the cleanout of stormwater oil/grit separators. Finally, the program maintains the closed Gude Landfill, including monitoring of air and water quality around the landfill and the post-closure passive amenities that will benefit the community.

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.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Number of tons of County-wide yard trim and leaves collected155,966166,578166,122164,550167,395
Number of tons of County-wide Commingled Recycling collected33,82133,70135,88634,82835,153
Number of tons of County-wide Mixed Paper collected107,310113,695106,598110,267111,289
Number of tons of County-wide Food Waste collected4,3868,8229,0009,0009,000
Number of tons of County-wide Household Hazardous Waste collected3,5983,6153,4323,5833,579
Number of tons of Municipal Solid Waste accepted at the Transfer Station: Residential, single family, and townhouse communities210,791197,838205,697206,832205,524

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved6218527921.65
Add: Zero Waste Program and Project Management (Program Manager II)30953551.00
Increase Cost: Operations of the Resource Recovery Facility27942220.00
Increase Cost: Operations of the Transfer Station 945600.00
Shift: Realign Positions Based on Workload (Disposal Fund)498570.25
Increase Cost: Oaks Landfill Maintenance458950.00
Increase Cost: Gude Landfill Maintenance358990.00
Decrease Cost: Out-of-County Haul Program Adjustments-224630.00
Decrease Cost: Maintenance of Site 2 Property-636980.00
Decrease Cost: Household Hazardous Waste Program-1264520.00
Decrease Cost: Removal of Recurring Dickerson Master Plan Funding from FY24-3327380.00
Shift: Oaks Landfill Leachate Plant Improvements to Capital Budget-8500000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.6931612.75
FY25 Recommended6759887725.65