Solid Waste Division
The Dorchester County Department of Public Works is responsible for managing the County’s solid waste disposal through implementation of the County Solid Waste Management Plan. The current plan was approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment on July 6, 1994. As a result of recent growth and development in the County, the Department of Public Works is in the process of preparing a revision to the Solid Waste Management Plan.
Solid waste generated in Dorchester County is disposed of at the New Beulah Sanitary Landfill located off of Maryland Route 16 north of Hurlock. The landfill is operated by the Solid Waste Division. The landfill is permitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment
In addition to the New Beulah site there are three other older closed sites in the County. Former landfills are located at Secretary, Golden Hill and Old Beulah. These landfills are covered and inactive. The Secretary site closed in 1982. Golden Hill ceased operations in July of 1991. The Department of Public Works is in the design and permitting process of reclaiming the Old Beulah landfill site by excavating existing waste in unlined cells and placing the waste in new modern lined landfill cells. The new lined cells in the Old Beulah area are projected to provide additional disposal capacity to the year 2050. Semi-annual ground water monitoring, gas monitoring and maintenance of the landfill cover are provided by the County in conformance with State regulations.
In addition to the disposal sites there are convenience centers with roll off containers and recycling bins located at the Golden Hill and Secretary sites for use by County residents and to reduce trash vehicle traffic. A third manned convenience center operating two days per week is located at the Neck District Volunteer Fire Department parking lot to serve residential customers in the Neck District.
Currently the Landfill also accepts the sewage sludge from the Cambridge Wastewater Treatment Plant at no charge. In return the City of Cambridge accepts our landfill leachate at their wastewater plant at no charge.
The Division also provides several recycling drop-off centers in the County. Residents are allowed to bring glass, aluminum and bi-metal cans, plastic, newspaper, and magazines and corrugated cardboard to the Recycling Centers. See section on Recycling under Public Works Department or for more information call the Beulah Landfill directly at 410-943-1700 . The Beulah Landfill location can also take waste oil, metals, white goods (appliances), excavated soil, compost materials including crab chum and agricultural products, tires, and wood materials that can be converted to compost. The minimum required by State law is 15%. The bulk of the recycling material was the agricultural waste at the composting site.
To provide the citizens of Dorchester County environmentally sound solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services/facilities within fiscal guidelines and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
SOLID WASTE FEES AND CHARGES
Current disposal fees effective July 1, 2023 for disposal are as follows:
Bagged Trash Annual Permit Stickers $100.00
$65.00 for Senior Citizens 62 and older
There is no charge for disposal of recyclable materials and mulched wood.
Permits may be obtained at any of the Landfill or Transfer Stations during operating hours.
Bulk Trash Tipping Fee $68.00 per ton
Refrigerant $20.00 surcharge
Passenger vehicle $3.00 clean and off rim/ $6.00 with rim and dirty
Truck $5.00 clean and off rim/ $10.00 with rim and dirty
Tractor $10.00 clean and off rim/ $15.00 with rim and dirty
By ton $175 per ton
Commercial Haulers License $35.00 plus $10.00 per truck
LANDFILL AND TRANSFER STATION OPERATION HOURS
Hours are Effective July 1, 2020
Monday thru Friday Residential 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Monday thru Friday Scales 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday Residential 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday Scales 7:30 AM -12:00 Noon
Golden Hill Transfer Station
Monday thru Wednesday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday thru Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Neck District Transfer Station
Wednesday 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Secretary Transfer Station
Monday thru Tuesday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday thru Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
6815 East New Market Ellwood Rd
Hurlock, MD 21643
3270 Golden Hill Rd
Church Creek, MD 21622
Secretary Transfer Station:
5915 Cambridge Rd
Secretary, MD 21664
410-943-1092 or 410-943-1700