On Thursday evening, December 8, a fire began in the storage pit at our Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility in Dickerson, Maryland. The fire is under control but firefighters continue to be on the scene. It will take several days to resolve this situation.
How will the fire affect Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station customers?
We discourage commercial haulers and self-delivering customers from delivering trash to the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station until Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
We will post updates as we learn more information about the fire and its impact on our operations.
Will the fire affect residential curbside collections?
No, we expect our residential curbside collections to be made on their normal schedule.
Waste is transported to the Resource Recovery Facility, burned at extremely high temperatures, and the heat is used to generate energy in the form of electricity or steam. Metal is then recovered from the ash and recycled.
The Resource Recovery Facility opened on August 5, 1995.
The facility received a 2014 US EPA Clean Air Technology Award for upgrading its emission control system to an LN™ (Low NOx) system that lowers emissions of nitrogen oxides.
Covanta Montgomery, Inc., our Resource Recovery Facility operator, is a Maryland Green Registry member.
Learn more about the Resource Recovery Facility's 2015 Gold Integrated Solid Waste Management System Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America