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 Livable Frederick Master Plan. Consistency with the Livable Frederick Master 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). The SWMP was approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on December 20, 2018.

Solid Waste Management Plan Amendments


In the 2019 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill that required an update to the SWMP. Senate Bill 370, Environment – Recycling – Office Buildings requires that owners of buildings with 150,000 square feet or greater of office space provide recycling receptacles for the collection of paper, cardboard, metal, and plastic recyclable materials on or before October 1, 2021. In addition, the bill requires the County Recycling Plan (the SWMP) to address the collection of recyclable materials from the affected office buildings by October 1, 2020. In a letter dated August 16, 2019, Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) recommended that the county develop a SWMP amendment to address the requirements of the bill. The Division of Solid Waste Management & Recycling has begun the requirements necessary for amending the plan.  

The draft amendment outlines seven components of the plan: collection and marketing, stakeholders, participants, materials to be recycled, a schedule of implementation, program monitoring, and enforcement. Details of these components begin on page 3-12. Additionally, a listing of current properties of 150,000 square feet minimum are found in the new Appendix G (page A-36). 

Drafts of the red-lined SWMP and the SWMP with changes incorporated are available for review:

Red-lined Draft SWMP with Office Building Recycling Amendment  
Changes incorporated Draft SWMP with Office Building Recycling Amendment 

The County Council of Frederick County, Maryland, held a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 to discuss the adoption of this amendment. No substantive issues were raised during the hearing; therefore the Plan was unanimously adopted by the County Council via Resolution 20-23