Solid Waste Division
The Dorchester County Department of Public Works is responsible for managing the County’s solid waste disposal through implementation of the County Solid Waste Management Plan. The current plan was approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment on July 6, 1994. As a result of recent growth and development in the County, the Department of Public Works is in the process of preparing a revision to the Solid Waste Management Plan.
Solid waste generated in Dorchester County is disposed of at the New Beulah Sanitary Landfill located off of Maryland Route 16 north of Hurlock. The landfill is operated by the Solid Waste Division. The landfill is permitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (Permit No. 1998-WMF-0554 and was renewed in April 2004). There are presently four disposal cells permitted onsite with a design capacity of 1.48 million cubic yards of storage. The fill area is 27 acres on a 40-acre site. Construction of Cells 1 and 2 was completed in October 1995. Cell 3 began to receive waste in October of 2002. The landfill through the year 2005 is at 40% capacity with an estimated life of 4.3 years at current disposal rates. Disposal rates have risen in recent years due to the increased building and development in the County. In 1992 as part of the Solid Waste Management Plan the solid waste volume was 37,105 tons. Projections at the time for 2005 were approximately just over 40,000 tons. In 2005, the County received over 73,300 tons of waste. The County has experienced an increased waste flow that can be attributed partly to the ongoing construction throughout the County. Our biggest client remains Waste Management, which is responsible for over 60 percent of the incoming waste.
Adjacent to the New Beulah landfill is a closed former Waste Management rubble landfill. The landfill is known as the Hunting Ridge Rubble fill which operated from 1990 to 1993. The Hunting Ridge site is most easily identifiable from Route 16.
In addition to the New Beulah site there are three other older closed sites in the County. Former landfills are located at Secretary, Golden Hill and Old Beulah. These landfills are covered and inactive. The Secretary site closed in 1982. Golden Hill ceased operations in July of 1991. The Department of Public Works is in the design and permitting process of reclaiming the Old Beulah landfill site by excavating existing waste in unlined cells and placing the waste in new modern lined landfill cells. The new lined cells in the Old Beulah area are projected to provide additional disposal capacity to the year 2050. Semi-annual ground water monitoring, gas monitoring and maintenance of the landfill cover are provided by the County in conformance with State regulations.
In addition to the disposal sites there are convenience centers with roll off containers and recycling bins located at the Golden Hill and Secretary sites for use by County residents and to reduce trash vehicle traffic. A third manned convenience center operating two days per week is located at the Neck District Volunteer Fire Department parking lot to serve residential customers in the Neck District. From January 2005 – December 2005 the average tonnage collected averaged 17 tons per month.
Currently the Landfill also accepts the sewage sludge from the Cambridge Wastewater Treatment Plant at no charge. In return the City of Cambridge accepts our landfill leachate at their wastewater plant at no charge.
The Division operates six recycling drop-off centers in the County. Residents are allowed to bring glass, aluminum and bi-metal cans, plastic, newspaper, and magazines and corrugated cardboard to the centers. County personnel collect the material and transport it to various nearby recyclers. Of the approximately 73,300 tons of waste disposed of in Dorchester in 2005, 27.4% of the waste was recycled. This included waste oil, paper, plastics, glass, metals, white goods (appliances), excavated soil, compost materials including crab chum and agricultural products, tires, and wood materials that can be converted to compost. The minimum required by State law is 15%. The bulk of the recycling material was the agricultural waste at the composting site.
Adjacent to the New Beulah Landfill there is an agricultural composting facility. The site is owned by the County and operations are currently managed by Bay Organics, LLC. Presently the facility is being operated to reclaim materials for composting and sale that were left on the site from the previous operator. As part of the County Solid Waste Plan, it will be necessary to evaluate whether continued operation as an agricultural composting facility is feasible to address the need for handling the large quantity of crab chum and poultry waste generated in Dorchester County. The opportunity to recycle this material in an efficient and environmentally friendly way will allow the County to support the local fishery and agricultural communities while preserving valuable landfill space and exceeding state recycling goals for the County.
To assist in these important decisions the County reactivated its Landfill Advisory Board in 2005. The 10 member Board is composed of citizens and local representatives (two persons from each of the five Council Districts) appointed by the County Council to advise County Council on issues specific to the County Landfill and its transfer stations.
To provide the citizens of Dorchester County environmentally sound solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services/facilities within fiscal guidelines and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
The Solid Waste Division consists of one landfill supervisor, eight scale attendants, one clerk, three heavy equipment operators and seven CDL truck operators.
SOLID WASTE FEES AND CHARGES
Current disposal fees effective July 1, 2012 for disposal are as follows:
Bagged Trash Annual Permit Stickers $100.00
$65.00 for Senior Citizens 62 and older
Bulk Loads $60.00 per ton
There is no charge for disposal of recyclable materials and mulched wood.
LANDFILL AND TRANSFER STATION OPERATION HOURS
Hours are Effective July 1, 2012
Monday thru Friday Residential 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday thru Friday Scales 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday Residential 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday Scales 7:30 AM -12:00 Noon
Golden Hill Transfer Station
Monday thru Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday thru Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Neck District Transfer Station
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Secretary Transfer Station
Monday thru Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday thru Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thomas Moore, Director of Public Works
5435 Handley Road
Cambridge, MD 21613
6815 East New Market Ellwood Rd
Hurlock, MD 21643
3270 Golden Hill Rd
Church Creek, MD 21622
Secretary Transfer Station:
5915 Cambridge Rd
Secretary, MD 21664