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Solid Waste Management Plan
Long-Range Plan
Frederick County’s long-range plan to coordinate and guide the physical development of the County is presented in the Frederick County Comprehensive Plan. Consistency with the County Comprehensive Plan is important for developing solid waste management goals and objectives. The solid waste management goals are intended to provide a consistent directional framework during the 20-year solid waste management planning period, which are contained in the Frederick County Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP), which was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on August 22, 2013 via Resolution 13-19 and is subject to approval by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). 

The MDE responded to Frederick County's submittal of the SWMP and sent a letter to Frederick County on November 8, 2013, advising the SWMP was accepted, conditional on minor revisions being made.  These non-substantive modifications to the SWMP were made in response to the conditional approval letter received from the MDE and are reflected in the updated SWMP. [Note:The file size is 21.4 MB].  A letter was sent to MDE from the Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management (DUSWM) on May 6, 2014 outlining the changes that were made to the SWMP in response to their conditional acceptance letter.  On July 7, 2014, MDE issued a letter to the DUSWM advising that the revisions were approved. 

The most recent updates and amendments are summarized as follows:
  • Various updates to data and programs occurring in the last few years
  • Various changes/updates as required by MDE's conditional approval of the 2011 updates and amendments
  • An amendment placing an Apartment Building and Condominium Recycling Plan into the SWMP (Chapter 5) to meet the requirements of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Environment Article, §9-1703(b)(12) and (13) 
  • An amendment establishing a plan of action to meet the new minimum 35% recycling rate requirement (Chapter 5) to meet the requirements of Environment Article §9-505(18)(i).