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Zero Waste

Montgomery County, Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is committed to providing leadership which will foster conservation, protection and improvement of the environment by adopting a MCDOT Environmental Sustainability Policy that includes reducing waste and pollution, recycling, reusing products and composting.

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Solid Waste

sign for waste drop off facility

MCDOT, Division of Solid Waste Services provides services that includes collection, and management of solid waste, recycling, hazardous household waste disposal, and small quantity business hazardous waste. The Division also operates the waste-transfer, drop-off recycling, and waste to energy sites in the County. The Division also provides countywide public education and outreach related to waste reduction, reuse, recycling and hazardous product substitution.

 

DSWS offers online filing of Annual Recycling Reports by businesses, which reduces paper use. Also, nearly all of the Division’s publications are available electronically.
 

Office Waste Reduction, Recycling and Reuse

waste and recycling facility signMCDOT reduces office waste by purchasing products that are equal in performance to standard office products, but saves natural resources, conserves energy, or reduces or prevents the mission of toxic chemicals. MCDOT purchases Energy Star office equipment such as computers, copiers, and printers that have been certified by the Federal Energy Star program as being among the most energy efficient in the market. MCDOT orders in bulk or place orders in a consolidated manner as to avoid wasteful packaging and unnecessary use of fossil fuel in the transportation/shipping of orders. MCDOT staff commonly uses electronic means to transfer of data and correspondences, prints on both sides, and limited subscriptions.

MCDOT offices recycle mixed paper including corrugated cardboard, newspaper, office paper, shredded paper; commingled materials including aluminum cans and foil products, plastic narrow-neck bottles, and glass bottles and jars.

MCDOT staff donates or exchanges surplus and reusable waste items with other County staff.

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Hazardous Waste Reduction

Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

Since 2002, MCDOT Fleet Services has replaced all solvent parts washers in County operated auto repair facilities with microbial parts washers, reducing ozone forming volatile organic hydrocarbons (VOC’s) that were contributing to ozone (smog) formation. And, since 2004, MCDOT has been substituted aerosol with refillable pumps. aerosol cans contain carbon dioxide, propane butane, and VOCs that contribute to green house gases that contribute to global warming.

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Substituted to non-toxic solvent part washer

new non-toxic solvent part washer

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Substituted aerosol with refillable pumps for brake cleaners, engine cleaner, penetrating oil (Yield), and glass cleaners.

replacing aerosols with re-usable pumps

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Laboratory Asphalt Testing - Substituted testing asphalt using Trichloroethylene with an ignition oven

new asphalt testing solution

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New Solution:

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Pollution Prevention

Environmental Compliance Training

MCDOT raises environmental awareness among staff and others by delivering Pollution Prevention Training through variety of environmental courses. These courses help staff to understand the basic principles and concepts of pollution prevention in the public sector; understand the applicable regulations and eliminate or greatly reduce violations of these regulations; identify ways to reduce hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants; and, develop an action plan to prevent and manage pollution.

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Street Sweeping

During FY2007, MCDOT has swept Countywide 4797 lane miles of residential and arterial roads. As of the beginning of June, 2007, 55-percent of these lanes roads were swept and over 2,100 tons of road debris were collected.

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Roadside Litter Pickup

MCDOT has dedicated two dedicated litter collection teams to collect litter strewn along major arterial roadways throughout the County. As of the beginning of June, 2007, over 10.5 tons of trash/litter have been collected.

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Storm Drain Marking

MCDOT provides free plastic markers to volunteers to affix to storm drain inlets in their community.  The markers, along with door hangers, educate residents to not dump pollutants into inlets. Read more.

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Adopt A Road crewAdopt A Road

MCDOT utilizes volunteers to clean roadsides of litter at least six times a year.  The program currently cleans more than 200 road segments throughout the county. Read more.

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Noise Abatement

MCDOT mitigates noise impacts from all roads built and maintained in Montgomery County as indicated in the Highway Noise Abatement Policy.

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For any MCDOT service request or complaint, call 311
When dialing outside of the county, call 240-777-0311 or submit via their website.

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 Director's Office · Montgomery County Department of Transportation
101 Monroe Street, 10th Floor · Rockville, Maryland 20850 · mcdot.director@montgomerycountymd.gov
· telephone: 240-777-7170 · fax: 240-777-7178 ·