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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.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY22 Operating Budget for the Recycling and Resource Management is $135,269,523, an increase of $3,845,248 or 2.93 percent from the FY21 Approved Budget of $131,424,275. Personnel Costs comprise 9.61 percent of the budget for 83 full-time position(s) and two part-time position(s), and a total of 112.06 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 90.39 percent of the FY22 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


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 FY21 estimates reflect funding based on the FY21 approved budget. The FY22 and FY23 figures are performance targets based on the FY22 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY23.



  • Continue to improve the safety and processing efficiency at the Yard Trim Facility and the Compost Facility, using software that allows more accurate load measurements of bulk shipments from the Compost Facility.

  • Expand the commercial food scraps recycling program to additional large-scale commercial food scrap generators of food scraps, and expand the pilot of the single-family residential food scraps collection program in FY22.

  • Improved partnership with the Bethesda Urban District, the Silver Spring Urban District and the Silver Spring Regional Services Center to address the lack of recycling bins in the downtown areas in Silver Spring. This partnership strives to increase the number of recycling bins along the streetscapes and sidewalks to improve compliance with recycling mandates, set an example for others in the public and private sector to follow, and increase recycling.
  • Initiate the curbside pickup of electronics for recycling in the northern part of the County in FY22 through new recycling contracts.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The capital equipment purchases for FY22 will dramatically improve the operational efficiency and reduce the overall cost per ton of the yard trim grinding operation at the Transfer Station. A low-speed, high torque shredder combined with scalping screen will allow 70% - 80% of material to by-pass the secondary high-speed grinders, increasing production efficiency.
  • Continue efforts to increase recycling awareness including grasscycling, food waste composting as well as waste reduction and reuse. DEP staff continue to create educational materials using software and in-house capabilities providing savings.

  • Automate the process for licensing of Haulers and Collectors allowing the application to be submitted from a mobile phone and reviewed by DEP staff within two days. Payments can be made through credit cards or bank accounts, eliminating the handling of checks. Automated reminders are sent to the licensed companies when it is time to renew. This increases productivity of DEP staff and simplifies the process for the haulers and collectors.
  • Continue the acceptance of credit cards only at the Scale House at the Transfer Station, allowing more efficient transaction time and ability to control transactions associated with the monthly revenues of approximately $2 million. Additionally, improved infrastructure including new underground fiber cable as well as software upgrades to ensure the point of sale system at the Transfer Station is reliable, reduces loss of revenue, and provides clear accountability.
  • Use of wireless internet (wifi) at the Dickerson compost facility (previously connected with a cellular air card) that allows contractors and DEP staff at the facility to collaborate through use of the county County network, increasing productivity.

Program Descriptions

  Administration and Support

Provides support to the Department's Division of Resource Recovery and Management's operations, programs, and mission; and overall management and policy direction to the core professional services of budget and financial management. Develop and evaluate CIP and operating budgets in a strategic and economically responsible manner for fair and equitable...

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

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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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Budget Trends
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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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages8438490.008453434.00 8061708.00 8783570.003.9
Employee Benefits2621974.002685191.00 2576917.00 2611188.00-2.8
Solid Waste Disposal Personnel Costs11060464.0011138625.00 10638625.00 11394758.002.3
Operating Expenses103325864.00106224338.00 103674338.00 110956615.004.5
Capital Outlay2749102.003610610.00 3610610.00 2291444.00-36.5
Solid Waste Disposal Expenditures117135430.00120973573.00 117923573.00 124642817.003.0
Full-Time76.0079.00 79.00 79.000.0
Part-Time2.002.00 2.00 2.000.0
FTEs94.7899.78 99.78 100.280.5
Investment Income1896729.001274760.00 500000.00 1229230.00-3.6
Miscellaneous Revenues1765198.00320000.00 4421778.00 221778.00-30.7
Other Charges/Fees132741.00295000.00 224466.00 224466.00-23.9
Other Fines/Forfeitures35050.0036000.00 43440.00 43440.0020.7
Other Licenses/Permits9295.0012000.00 9435.00 9435.00-21.4
Property Rentals4167.005000.00 16558.00 16558.00231.2
Sale of Recycled Materials3208422.003977791.00 4330278.00 4412404.0010.9
Solid Waste Disposal Fees/Operating Revenues26419897.0029019752.00 27760015.00 29363397.001.2
Systems Benefit Charge67772884.0070896342.00 71157342.00 77985100.0010.0
Solid Waste Disposal Revenues101244383.00105836645.00 108463312.00 113505808.007.2
Salaries and Wages1283202.001241098.00 1130461.00 1246684.000.5
Employee Benefits344623.00390201.00 360838.00 361678.00-7.3
Solid Waste Collection Personnel Costs1627825.001631299.00 1491299.00 1608362.00-1.4
Operating Expenses8121895.008819403.00 8729403.00 9018344.002.3
Solid Waste Collection Expenditures9749720.0010450702.00 10220702.00 10626706.001.7
Full-Time4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs11.4611.78 11.78 11.780.0
Investment Income91864.0073220.00 73220.00 70610.00-3.6
Miscellaneous Revenues0.000.00 12000.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees12100.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Systems Benefit Charge8743728.009885837.00 9852988.00 10851750.009.8
Solid Waste Collection Revenues8847692.009959057.00 9938208.00 10922360.009.7
Total Expenditures126885150.00131424275.00 128144275.00 135269523.002.9
Total Full-Time Positions80.0083.00 83.00 83.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions2.002.00 2.00 2.000.0
Total FTEs106.24111.56 111.56 112.060.4
Total Revenues110092075.00115795702.00 118401520.00 124428168.007.5
FY22 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Periodic Waste System Planning Study [Administration and Support]2286990.00
Enhance: Backyard Food Waste Composting Program Expansion [Materials and Collection]1000000.00
Add: Complaince and Enforcement Position to Strengthen Enforcement of Laws Like the Bag Fee and Bans on Single-use Plastic Straws and Polystyrene (Split with Water Quality Protection Charge) [Administration and Support]317650.50
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Increase in Residential Recycling Collection Contracts [Materials and Collection]26441390.00
Increase Cost: New Recycling Contracts for Regions 9-13 -- Disposal Fund [Materials and Collection]11237110.00
Increase Cost: Compost Facility Capital Equipment [Disposal]5322280.00
Increase Cost: Recycling Center Operations Costs [Materials and Collection]4670130.00
Increase Cost: Resource Recovery Facility Operations and Insurance Adjustment [Disposal]3568840.00
Increase Cost: Automation of Solid Waste System -- Disposal Fund [Administration and Support]2808270.00
Increase Cost: Beantown Dump Evaluation and Action [Disposal]2500000.00
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment2304730.00
Increase Cost: Yard Trim Composting [Materials and Collection]2006780.00
Increase Cost: Oaks Landfill Maintenance [Disposal]1711690.00
Increase Cost: Processing of Residential Hazardous Material [Disposal]1308730.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment1057170.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY21 Lapsed Positions683130.00
Increase Cost: Recycling Center Capital Equipment [Disposal]640000.00
Increase Cost: Finance Property Tax Bill Chargeback -- Disposal Fund [Administration and Support]452400.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment330670.00
Increase Cost: Commercial and Multifamily Recycling Program [Materials and Collection]137470.00
Increase Cost: Recycling Outreach, Education, and Volunteers [Materials and Collection]70810.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs45540.00
Increase Cost: Miscellaneous Adjustments [Disposal]30240.00
Increase Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment18860.00
Increase Cost: Waste System Program Development [Materials and Collection]-2440.00
Decrease Cost: Adminstration Costs -- Disposal Fund [Administration and Support]-79530.00
Decrease Cost: OPEB Adjustment-125700.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-617510.00
Decrease Cost: Savings Due to Turnover -- Disposal Fund [Administration and Support]-1229380.00
Decrease Cost: Reduction in Paper Recycling Program Expenses [Materials and Collection]-1469380.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY21-1920000.00
Decrease Cost: Revenue Analysis and System Evaluation [Administration and Support]-2745330.00
Decrease Cost: Scheduled Transfer Station Capital Equipment Replacements [Disposal]-12725000.00
Decrease Cost: Reduction in Out-of-County Haul Costs [Disposal]-13344170.00
FY22 APPROVED124642817100.28
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Residential Refuse Collection [Materials and Collection]1046620.00
Increase Cost: New Recycling Contracts for Regions 9-13 -- Collection Fund [Materials and Collection]597840.00
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment284610.00
Increase Cost: Finance Property Tax Bill Chargeback -- Collection Fund [Administration and Support]221400.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment206940.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment128890.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs51310.00
Increase Cost: Adminstration Costs -- Collection Fund [Administration and Support]1270.00
Decrease Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment-30.00
Decrease Cost: OPEB Adjustment-6400.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-62130.00
Decrease Cost: Automation of Solid Waste System -- Collection Fund [Administration and Support]-78230.00
Decrease Cost: Savings Due to Turnover -- Collection Fund [Administration and Support]-632050.00
FY22 APPROVED1062670611.78
Program Summary
Program NameFY21 APPR
Administration and Support639342039.16676115239.16
Materials and Collection5764239851.256288196051.75
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY21
General ServicesGeneral Fund2875700.003007430.00
Alcohol Beverage ServicesLiquor166030.00165890.00
Parking District ServicesBethesda Parking643240.00652810.00
Parking District ServicesSilver Spring Parking1246270.001264810.00
Parking District ServicesWheaton Parking120610.00122400.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY22 Approved124643.000000124643.000000124643.000000124643.000000124643.000000124643.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY220.0000009.0000009.0000009.0000009.0000009.000000
New positions in the FY22 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY220.000000-472.000000-472.000000-472.000000-472.000000-472.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY22, including funds to evaluate and address methane leakage at the Beantown Dump and for Waste System Planning, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Retiree Health Insurance Pre-funding0.000000-29.000000-58.000000-89.000000-96.000000-96.000000
Labor Contracts0.000000208.000000208.000000208.000000208.000000208.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures124643.000000124359.000000124330.000000124299.000000124292.000000124292.000000
FY22 Approved10627.00000010627.00000010627.00000010627.00000010627.00000010627.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Retiree Health Insurance Pre-funding0.000000-2.000000-3.000000-5.000000-5.000000-5.000000
Labor Contracts0.00000026.00000026.00000026.00000026.00000026.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures10627.00000010651.00000010650.00000010648.00000010648.00000010648.000000