Overview of Landfills
Montgomery County has two closed municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills:
- the Gude Landfill, which operated from the 1960s through May 1982, and
- the Oaks Landfill, which operated from June 1982 through October 1997. Currently, there are no operating MSW landfills in Montgomery County.
Since the Oaks Landfill stopped receiving waste, all burnable MSW that comes to the County Processing Facility and Transfer Station is loaded into transfer containers and rail hauled to the County Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), located near Dickerson, MD for incineration. Yard trim material, such as leaves and grass, is received and processed at the Transfer Station, and is also rail-hauled to the our Composting Facility, located near Dickerson, MD.
The ash produced from the RRF and other non-processible rubble (DOT-type material) that is delivered to the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station are processed for recycling.
Ash is transported via rail and truck to the Old Dominion Landfill in Henrico County, Virginia. There, it is screened into two grades for use as road base and alternate daily cover (ADC) within the confines of the landfill owned by Republic Services. Metals are also removed from the ash both at the RRF and during the screening process at Old Dominion Landfill. The County’s contract with the Brunswick Waste Management Facility, Inc. (BWMF) landfill is for 15 years, with an option for a 5-year extension.
Recyclable rubble, such as clean asphalt, dirt, and concrete, is being recycled at the Honeygo Run Facility in Perry Hall, Maryland. Additional construction and demolition (C&D) material is also processed for recycling at this site.