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, which includes a statutory public hearing process.  

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, will conduct a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (or soon thereafter) to discuss the adoption of this amendment.

Members of the public will be given three (3) minutes per speaker via telephone.

The Council will utilize a web portal which allows the public a way to participate in Council meetings.  Individuals can watch the live public hearing on Frederick County Government cable channel 19 and channel 1085 in high definition, leave written comments before or during a meeting, or use the toll-free number listed at the site to listen live or leave voice mail messages that will be transcribed and read or may be aired during the public comment portion of Council meetings.  This feature can be found at  The portal also uses built-in translation services so those for whom English is not their native language can leave comments or read responses in more than 100 languages.  

The public is reminded that all comments, both written and oral, will be made part of the public record.  Voice mail messages should include a caller’s name and address at the beginning of the message.  To leave a message for the Council, call 855-925-2801, and provide the appropriate meeting code (8365), which also appears on the portal for each Council meeting.  Please continue to stay tuned as the Council continues to try and meet the needs of all of its residents during these challenging times. 

Persons requiring special accommodations for this public hearing are requested to contact the Council’s Office at 301-600-1135 (TTY: Use Maryland Relay) to make the necessary arrangements no later than three (3) business days prior to the hearing.