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MSW Consultants Complete Second Statewide Waste Sort

December 12, 2016

Source: Waste Watch Newsletter, Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority

The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority have teamed up to conduct a two-season statewide waste composition analysis of residential and commercial trash delivered to various municipal drop-off sites throughout the State of Maryland.

Through the Authority's on-call consultant contract, MSW Consultants performed the second season of the two-season waste composition analysis during the month of October. The first was completed in July.

MSW Consultants conducted a sampling of residential and commercial trash in order to estimate the types and quantities of recyclable materials remaining in the waste stream and approximate the percentage of all materials disposed as trash. Trash delivered to the following municipal drop-off sites was sampled:

  • Carroll County, Northern Landfill
  • Washington County, Forty West Municipal Landfill
  • Garrett County, Garrett County Landfill
  • Baltimore City, Quarantine Road Landfill
  • Charles County, Charles County Landfill
  • Cecil County, Cecil County Central Landfill
  • Calvert County, Appeal Landfill
  • Somerset County, Somerset County Landfill.

In an effort to increase sampling diversity in its final waste characterization report on rural, suburban and urban regions within the State of Maryland, MSW Consultants will provide an aggregation of the data from the two sorts along with available data from other local waste sorts not included in this study that were conducted in the past five years. The additional waste composition data that may be used in the comparative study include data from the following jurisdictions: Prince George's County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Wicomico County, Midshore Counties, and Frederick County.

The final statewide waste characterization report will be published in early 2017.