Last Solid Waste “What’s Next” public forum this Saturday!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the weather forecasts for Saturday morning, the Solid Waste Options Public Forum in Thurmont has been POSTPONED. Preliminary arrangements have been made for rescheduling the meeting on the 30th, which is the following Saturday. When this is set, we will notify you here and elsewhere.

Over the course of the last ten weeks, there have been four Whats Next? Solid Waste public forums held at various locations, all on weekday evenings.

The last of the five public forums is scheduled for this Saturday, January 23, at 10:00am, at the Thurmont Town Hall (615 East Main Street, Thurmont MD).


If you have not attended one of the forums already, please come to share your thoughts or concerns or suggestions about waste and resource management in Frederick County. The current process and the choices we make are likely to have significant effects on the county, our environment and our budgets for years to come.

Please note that, in addition to a short presentation, and the facilitated discussion at these forums, all attendees also have the opportunity to rank criteria (via a simple form, not public speaking) they think should be considered as the steering committee evaluates the county’s options and recommends a short list for detailed analysis.

Excerpted and adapted from an earlier Frederick County Press Release:

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner encourages citizens to attend the Solid Waste “What’s Next” Steering Committee public forum at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23rd, at the Thurmont Town Hall, located at 615 East Main Street, Thurmont MD.

Previous outreach forums…allowed citizens to help shape the future of solid waste management in Frederick County.

Executive Gardner said, “The hallmark of my administration is to engage our citizens and this forum is another great opportunity to provide input on our next long-term solid waste strategy for Frederick County. Together we will actively examine all the ideas and alternatives available to us, such as resource recovery, composting, anaerobic digestion, zero waste initiatives and other options. My objective is to have an open, transparent, impartial process that balances diverse ideas and perspectives.”

The forums are guided by a professional facilitator who provides residents with neutral environments in which to discuss ideas. Each forum begins with a presentation on the county’s current solid waste management status. Then the work of brainstorming begins, with a majority of time at each session designed to solicit maximum participation from and dialogue with the citizens who attend. Previous “What’s Next?” Solid Waste public forums have been held at Winchester Hall in downtown Frederick, at Oakdale High School in Ijamsville, at the Brunswick Fire Company in Brunswick, and at Urbana High School in Urbana.

For more information, visit the Steering Committee’s website at or call 301-600-2960.


Thurmont Town Hall
615 East Main Street
Thurmont MD 21788

WHEN: 10:00 am to noon

Solid Waste – What’s Next? (on the Frederick County website)

The pages includes links to the following:

• Agendas
• Minutes
• Forum Summary Report 120715
• Brunswick Public Forum: Dec. 7
• Solid Waste Management Options Study PowerPoint
• First Forum Summary
• Solid Waste Management Department
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Scope of Contract
• Solid Waste Fact Sheet
• Public Forum Background Document
• Geosyntec Contract
• Public Briefing: Solid Waste Public Forums 101515
• Public Briefing: Solid Waste-What’s Next 060915
• What’s Next Press Release 060915
• Programs & Services Presentation: Solid Waste Dept

Envision Frederick County
Solid Waste: County said no to the incinerator. What’s next?!
by John Daniels (Chair of the Frederick County Solid Waste Steering Committee)
October 18, 2015

Frederick News Post
County residents emphasize environmental impact in search for incinerator alternative
by Sylvia Carignan
Jan 12, 2016

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