The Summer 2016 issue of WasteWatch reported that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority (NMWDA) have begun a joint two-season residential and commercial trash analysis for various local government landfills throughout the state. According to the article, the analysis began in July of 2016 and a second sort will take place at the same selected sites in October. From the article:
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Consultants, one of the Authority’s on-call engineering firms, was selected to conduct the waste sorts….A sampling of residential and commercial trash was conducted in order to estimate the types and quantities of recyclable materials that remained in the waste stream and approximate the percentage of all materials disposed as trash. …
The following municipal host sites for this project are:
- Carroll County, Northern Landfill
- Washington County, Forty West Municipal Landfill
- Garrett County, Garrett County Landfill
- Baltimore City, Northwest Transfer Station in July. Quarantine Landfill in October.
- Charles County, Charles County Landfill
- Cecil County, Cecil County Central Landfill
- Calvert County, Appeal Landfill
- Somerset County, Somerset County Landfill.
The article indicated the data from the two sorts will be combined with data from other local waste sorts from the last five years to generate a statewide picture. The additional data will come from Anne Arundel, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Wicomico, and several Mid-Shore Counties. The results of the analysis will be published in early 2017.