History & Future of the Millersville Landfill & Resource Recovery Facility
The Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility is owned and operated by Anne Arundel County and is the only operating municipal solid waste disposal facility in the County. The facility opened in September 1975 and, since that time, seven disposal cells have been filled. The County is currently filling the eighth cell (Cell 8) and is permitted for a ninth cell.
Approximately 38% of the material brought to the MLFRRF is recycled. On an annual basis, 70,000 tons of trash; 8,800 tons of recyclables; 13,800 tons of yard waste are handled.
Cell 9 is the last permitted disposal area on the site. In 2010, we started a construction project to begin the process of opening the Cell 9 disposal area. The project involves a stormwater /sediment control pond, a portion of access road and a soil stockpile/borrow area. This represents the first of many projects associated with Cell 9, as the cell construction will be phased over many years.
Making Our Landfill Last
Because the MLFRRF is the only active municipal waste landfill in the County, our waste management strategy involves extending the life of this valuable resource as long as possible to serve the County citizens. This strategy includes expanding the amount of material that is recycled within the County. In 2008, the County implemented County-wide recycling campaign, with a goal of achieving a 50% recycling rate. Since this program was implemented, the recycling rate has increased from 31% to its current rate of 44%. Our strategy also includes diverting waste to other facilities in a safe and economical manner, as a means to minimize the amount of waste disposed at the MLFRRF. Currently, the majority of our residential waste is disposed in out-of-County facilities.
The combination of recycling and waste diversion will ultimately determine how much waste remains to be landfilled at MLFRRF and therefore its lifespan. At our current disposal rate, we expect our existing active disposal area (Cell 8) to last until about 2015. The future Cell 9 is our last permitted disposal area on the site. Our goal is to extend the life of Cell 9 as long as possible by increasing residential and commercial recycling rates, diverting waste to other facilities and minimizing the amount of trash that we bury.