Who owns and operates Honeygo Run Landfill?
Honeygo Run Landfill is owned and operated by Honeygo Run Reclamation Center, Inc.
How much waste is accepted daily?
The facility accepts approximately 1,000 tons of waste per day.
Where does the waste originate?
The waste disposed of at Honeygo Run Landfill is generated from all across the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
What types of wastes are accepted at the landfill?
Honeygo Run accepts construction and demolition waste. We cannot accept electronic waste, tires, batteries, or hazardous wastes.
What environmental protection systems are in place?
Honeygo Run Landfill is operated in a manner designed to protect public health and the environment. We regularly monitor and report our activities to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Baltimore County Department of Public Works. All waste is disposed of within the boundary of a constructed landfill area that has been engineered to protect the environment and meet or exceed all federal, state and local regulations. There are many environmental protection systems at Honeygo Run Landfill.
Landfill liner: The liner at the base of the landfill consists of 6 inches of compacted clay liner, a synthetic geo-clay composite, high-density polyethylene liner, fabric geo-net drainage layer, and gravel drainage system. All of the liners are state-approved, and thoroughly tested to meet regulations and ensure proper engineering construction standards.
Storm water collection: Storm water must also be managed appropriately. Storm water runoff is collected in ditches and contained in sediment control ponds, which allows soil particles to be removed from the water before it is discharged to a nearby waterway.
Groundwater Monitoring: Honeygo Run Landfill assesses groundwater with 17 individual groundwater monitoring wells. Groundwater samples are collected and analyzed on a semi-annual basis and reported to the state.
Gas collection: Landfill gas is collected through a series of pipes and safely destroyed at an on-site flare. In addition, the Landfill’s surface and exterior gas probes are also regularly monitored to evaluate the landfill gas management system performance.
Final Capping: Once we bring our elevation to final grade, we place a final cover over the top to entomb the waste. This cover keeps liquids out and gases in and ensures protection of the environment.
Who permits and inspects the facility?
Honeygo Run Landfill is fully permitted by the Maryland Department of Environmental (MDE) , the primary agency that provides the regulatory permitting, enforcement, and operational compliance oversight. Honeygo Run is inspected routinely by the MDE and Baltimore County Department of Public Works.
Why do we need a landfill?
The Baltimore Metropolitan Area generates thousands of tons of construction and demolition solid waste on a daily basis. Honeygo Run Landfill serves as one outlet for proper disposal for this waste.
Is the Landfill really important to our community?
The landfill is an integral part of the local economy and infrastructure. It provides jobs for local residents and affordable, responsible waste disposal options for construction and demolition material.
What additional steps are taken to ensure that the landfill is a good neighbor?
Proper daily operations are critical to environmentally sound waste disposal. All employees at Honeygo Run Landfill are trained to handle incoming waste in the most environmentally responsible manner. Access to the site is limited to one entrance/exit. The facility records and tracks all waste shipments with gate receipts and a network of video cameras. Each load of incoming waste is visually inspected to ensure that only permitted materials are accepted for disposal. Once unloaded, the waste is visually inspected again. Cover is placed over the waste and steps are also taken to control dust, litter and odor. Periodic watering of access roads prevents dust from rising when trucks travel in and out of the landfill. Litter is minimized by limiting the size of the active disposal area, applying cover and using fencing on windy days to catch blowing materials. Any litter that blows off-site is collected by landfill personnel.
How do you control odors?
Landfill gas and odors are controlled with responsible landfill management practices such as waste compaction, applying soil cover, utilizing odor neutralizers, and maintaining a gas collection and control system, which includes 48 landfill gas control points. Landfill personnel also conduct routine off-site odor inspections to detect and manage potential off-site odor.
What is the life expectancy of the landfill?
There is capacity for approximately 10-12 more years of disposal at current disposal rates.
What happens once Honeygo Run Landfill stops being used as a landfill?
Once the Landfill is filled to capacity, a final landfill capping system will be installed that consists of a 3-layered geosynthetics capping material, engineered cover soils, and a vegetation layer. The site will also be maintained for an additional 30 years in post-closure care after the final closure. This care includes continued groundwater monitoring, leachate management, landfill gas management, and compliance reporting until such time regulators approve the site for final closure.
When is the landfill open for business?
Honeygo Run Landfill is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am-5:00 pm. On Saturdays the landfill is open 7:00am-11:00 am. Honeygo Run Landfill is closed on Sundays and major holidays.
Can I take a tour of the landfill?
Yes, landfill tours are offered. Please call (410) 335-9500 to arrange a time for a group tour.