Thursday Full-Day Sessions (6 to 8 hours)


Session 1C — Prince George’s County Waste Management

P.G. County Landfill

Thursday, September 28, 8:30 – 16:30

Max Attendees: 30
Anticipated Travel Time: 1 hour each way

This full-day tour will include three facilities. The organics composting facility has been operated by Maryland Environmental Services as a yard waste composting facility for more than 25 years using an open windrow composting of yard trim and a GORE cover system for food organics. Approximately 35,000 to 45,000 tons of yard trim and 8,000 tons of food organics each year are made into a compost material marketed to the public under the brand name(s) of Leafgro and Leafgro Gold. The Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill Facility includes an active municipal solid waste landfill with a leachate pretreatment system and a landfill-gas-to-energy facility. The County materials recycling facility is a single stream facility that processes more than 250 tons of recyclables daily.

Session 2C — Baltimore County Central Acceptance Facility and Eastern Sanitary Landfill

Thursday, September 28, 8:30 – 16:00

Max Attendees: 30
Anticipated Travel Time: 40 minutes each way

This full-day tour will include two facilities. The Central Acceptance Facility includes three solid waste management activities:

  1. A single stream materials recovery process that recovers approximately 82,000 tons per year of material from Maryland residents
  2. A transfer station that processes approximately 1,000 tons of municipal solid waste per day
  3. A residents’ drop-off area for recyclables and trash and household hazardous waste

The Eastern Sanitary Landfill includes:

  • An active municipal solid waste landfill
  • A transfer station operation for residential and commercial MSW
  • A residents’ drop-off area for recyclables, trash and other items
  • Yard waste composting with a mulch site for wood
  • A 3 megawatt (MW) landfill gas to energy plant and a landfill gas well field

Session 3C — Montgomery County’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Facilities

Thursday, September 28, 8:30 – 17:00

Max Attendees: 24
Anticipated Travel Time: 75 minutes each way

In 2015, the County received SWANA’s Gold Excellence Award for the category of Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems. The full-day tour will include four facilities:

  1. Recycling Center—This facility received a SWANA 2004 Gold Recycling Excellence Award and a 2007 SWANA Gold Recycling Systems Award
  2. Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station—The roof of the Shady Grove Processing Facility and the transfer station is the site of the Montgomery County Government’s first large-scale solar project. In 2003, this facility won the SWANA Silver Transfer Station award. The facility also achieved the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star status with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor in 2011, the highest safety program recognition available.
  3. Resource Recovery Facility. This facility is the recipient of a SWANA Gold award, VPP Star designation, and is operated by Covanta.
  4. Compost Facility—The facility is independently certified as ISO4001:2015 compliant Environmental Management System and is operated by Maryland Environmental Services.

Session 4C — National Aquarium

National Aquarium from outside

Thursday, September 28, 8:00 – 10:00

Max Attendees: 50

Baltimore National Aquarium offers a presentation on marine litter and aquatic animals. Following the presentation, attendees will have access to the aquarium exhibits.

Session 5C — Fresh Kills Landfill / Freshkills Park in Staten Island; New York City

Thursday, September 28, 8:30 – 17:00

Max Attendees: 50

On this full-day tour, participants will travel by bus to the Fresh Kills Landfill/Freshkills Park, a closed site that covered 2,200 acres in the New York City borough of Staten Island. It was once the largest landfill in the world. It was one of only two human made structures visible from space, the other being the Great Wall of China.

In October 2008, reclamation began on a 30-year site redevelopment for use as a park, which will be three times the size of Central Park in New York City. The park is scheduled for completion in 2037. Participants will see a highly engineered site that is at the same time, an incredibly beautiful landscape. The infrastructure systems that manage the landfill gas and leachate will be shown as well as the initial park projects that are beginning to transform the site. Tour guides will point out particular landfill features as well as returning natural habitats. A future public art installation will also be highlighted.

Following the tour, participants will travel by bus back to downtown New York City to enjoy the city’s sight, or fly out of one of the city’s airports. If needed, travel back to Baltimore is on your own, at your leisure.