According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food scraps and yard waste make up about 30 percent of what Americans dispose annually. Composting these materials keeps them out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Residents are encouraged to compost at home, and the Department of Solid Waste Management sells compost bins and offers free classes to help facilitate this activity. More information on composting at home is available here.
For those seeking to reduce waste but unable to compost at home, the County offers two alternative programs, one handling yard waste and one for food waste.
Yard waste is prohibited from being disposed in the Frederick County Landfill. This pertains to both residential and commercial users and includes materials normally generated in the maintenance of gardens, yards, lawns, or landscaped areas, such as leaves, grass clippings, plants, shrubs, and prunings. Yard waste does not include: land clearing debris, waste pavement, soil, or any edible food products (fruits and vegetables).
To manage yard waste, The Department of Solid Waste Management encourages residents to: