Solid Waste Division

Beulah Landfill will be closed on November 23rd and 24th, 2017, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
 
BACKGROUND
 
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 adopted by the Dorchester County Council on October 3, 2017. 
 
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. 2014-WMF-0628A).  According to the newly adopted Solid Waste Management Plan, the landfill has an estimated life of approximately 7 years at current disposal rates. This includes a vertical expansion of the landfill.
 
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 recently completed the capping of Old Beulah Landfill in October, 2016. Semi-annual ground water monitoring, gas monitoring and maintenance of the landfill cover at all closed landfills 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. Another recycling drop-off center is also located on Leonard Lane in Cambridge.
 
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.
 
 
RECYCLING
 
The Division operates seven recycling drop-off centers in the County. Residents are encouraged 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. The minimum recycling required by State law is 15%, and Dorchester County averages about 20 to 25% annually.
 
 
GOALS
 
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.
 
 
OBJECTIVES
 
  •  Continue disposal at New Beulah, utilizing the additional vertical expansion volume.
  •  Continue permitting of new disposal area to place waste called “Dorchester Municipal Landfill”.
  •  Maintain compliance of operations at Beulah Landfill with State and Federal Regulations.
  •  Monitor tonnage of waste received and revenues generated to assure consistent revenue flow over the next five years.
 
SOLID WASTE FEES AND CHARGES
 

CURRENT DISPOSAL FEES AS OF JULY 1, 2012

BAGGED TRASH
Annual Permit Stickers $100.00
For Senior Citizens 62 and older $65.00

BULK TRASH LOADS
Landfill Tipping Fee $62.00
 
 
There is no charge for disposal of recyclable materials and mulched wood.
 
 
 
LANDFILL AND TRANSFER STATION OPERATION HOURS
 

CURRENT HOURS AS OF JULY 1, 2012

BEULAH LANDFILL
Monday thru Friday Residential 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Monday thru Friday Scales 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday Residential 7:00AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday Scales 7:30 AM to 12:00 NOON

GOLDEN HILL TRANSFER STATION
Monday thru Wednesday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday CLOSED
Friday and Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

NECK DISTRICT TRANSFER STATION
Wednesday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

SECRETARY TRANSFER STATION
Monday and Tuesday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday thru Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
 
 
 
Contact person for the Solid Waste Division is 
 
John Cooney, Landfill Manager
 
Beulah Landfill:
 
6815 East New Market Ellwood Rd
Hurlock, MD 21643
410-943-1700
 
Golden Hill:
 
3270 Golden Hill Rd
Church Creek, MD 21622
410-397-3865

Secretary Transfer Station:

5915 Cambridge Rd
Rt 14
Secretary, MD 21664
410-943-8294