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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 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, 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 stormwater 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 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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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Number of tons of Municipal Solid Waste accepted at the Transfer Station: Residential, single family, and townhouse communities221,564208,462215,881218,039220,220
Number of tons of County-wide yard trim and leaves collected207,080175,821187,845189,723191,621
Number of tons of County-wide Commingled Recycling collected28,19040,13634,10034,44134,786
Number of tons of County-wide Mixed Paper collected114,53898,788110,408111,512112,627
Number of tons of County-wide Food Waste collected7,5433,2694,2008,40014,200
Number of tons of County-wide Household Hazardous Waste collected2,1463,0833,0153,0453,075
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Program Budget Changes

FY23 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved6562641121.15
Increase Cost: Transfer Station Power Infrastructure17000000.00
Increase Cost: Oaks Landfill Capital Equipment and Monitoring15966500.00
Increase Cost: Out-of-County Haul During Recycling Center Upgrade3263030.00
Add: Beantown Dump Remediation2500000.00
Increase Cost: Household Hazardous Waste Operations and Capital Equipment899300.00
Add: Mid-year Part-time to Full-time Upgrade for Code Enforcement Inspector Position715820.50
Increase Cost: Site 2 Maintenance500570.00
Increase Cost: Six Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts98950.00
Decrease Cost: Various Smaller Changes-47050.00
Decrease Cost: Staff turnover-457220.00
Decrease Cost: Transfer Station Maintenance and Capital Equipment-1699680.00
Decrease Cost: Resource Recovery Facility Operations-55872870.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-6085690.00
FY23 Recommended6330457721.65