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MIDSHORE II REGIONAL SOLID WASTE FACILITY

midshore II regional solid waste facilityLocated on the upper Eastern Shore of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, the Midshore Regional Solid Waste System consists of four planned facilities that will serve the municipal solid waste needs of Talbot, Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties for 80 years. This unique partnership is the only regional solid waste management agreement in Maryland.

To date, two of the four landfills have been constructed. Maryland Environmental Service owns and operates both of the landfills.

Midshore I, located in Talbot County, was the first landfill built, operating for a successful 20-year period beginning in 1991 and ending on December 31, 2010.

The Midshore II Regional Solid Waste Facility, in Caroline County, began full-scale commercial operation in January 2011. The site will continue to operate for the next 18 years. The average daily solid waste volume received at Midshore II is 400 tons.

At the closed Midshore I, MES continues maintaining landfill gas extraction and subsequent flaring, monitoring of landfill gas and groundwater and the monitoring of potable wells in the area. Leachate is collected and transferred to the neighboring wastewater utility.

In addition, MES operates a solid waste transfer facility and Homeowner Drop-Off Center for the citizens of Talbot County at the Midshore I site. All waste from these two operations is transferred to Midshore II, and all source-separated recyclables are transported to processing facilities where they will be recycled.