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 (Permit No. 1998-WMF-0554 and was renewed in April 2004). There are presently four disposal cells permitted onsite with a design capacity of 1.48 million cubic yards of storage. The fill area is 27 acres on a 40-acre site. Construction of Cells 1 and 2 was completed in October 1995. Cell 3 began to receive waste in October of 2002. The landfill through the year 2005 is at 40% capacity with an estimated life of 4.3 years at current disposal rates. Disposal rates have risen in recent years due to the increased building and development in the County. In 1992 as part of the Solid Waste Management Plan the solid waste volume was 37,105 tons. Projections at the time for 2005 were approximately just over 40,000 tons. In 2005, the County received over 73,300 tons of waste.  The County has experienced an increased waste flow that can be attributed partly to the ongoing construction throughout the County. Our biggest client remains Waste Management, which is responsible for over 60 percent of the incoming waste.

Adjacent to the New Beulah landfill is a closed former Waste Management rubble landfill. The landfill is known as the Hunting Ridge Rubble fill which operated from 1990 to 1993. The Hunting Ridge site is most easily identifiable from Route 16.

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. From January 2005 – December 2005 the average tonnage collected averaged 17 tons per month.

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.


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.

The Solid Waste Division consists of one landfill supervisor, eight scale attendants, one clerk, three heavy equipment operators and seven CDL truck operators.


  • Continue filling in cell 4.
  • Continue permitting of new disposal area to place waste in area of “Old Beulah”.
  • Begin removing waste from Old Beulah and placing in Cell #4 at New Beulah.
  • Continue to monitor the use of the residential trash drop-off service for the Neck District and design a more permanent drop-off location when deemed necessary.
  • Maintain compliance of operations at Beulah Landfill with State and Federal Regulations.
  • Monitor tonnage of waste received and revenues generated to assure consistent revenue flow over the next five years.
  • Implement long range planning for the future, including revision of the comprehensive solid waste management plan.
  • Monitor landfill gas vents at Secretary, old and new Beulah and Golden Hill landfills to assure that landfill gas is not migrating off landfill property.
  • Obtain State approval for final closure of Golden Hill Landfill.
  • Investigate long term on-site borrow availability at Beulah site including additional 100 acres acquired in 2003.
  • Seek alternative disposal sites for landfill leachate or develop an equitable fee structure for sludge versus leachate disposal.

Solid Waste Fees and Charges

Current disposal fees effective July 1, 2012 for disposal are as follows:
Bagged Trash         Annual Permit Stickers           $100.00
$65.00 for Senior Citizens 62 and older
Bulk Loads      $62.00 per ton
There is no charge for disposal of recyclable materials and mulched wood.

Hours are Effective July 1, 2012

Beulah Landfill
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
Thursday                                           Closed
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
Wednesday                                      Closed
Thursday thru Saturday                   8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

John Cooney, Landfill Manager

Beulah Landfill:
6815 East New Market Ellwood Rd
Hurlock, MD 21643

Golden Hill:
3270 Golden Hill Rd
Church Creek, MD 21622

Secretary Transfer Station:
5915 Cambridge Rd
Rt 14
Secretary, MD 21664