County aspires to produce zero waste

Montgomery County is creating a task force to help reach that goal

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. - Montgomery County officials are hoping community leaders can help them improve the county's waste management system, to significantly reduce the impact on the environment. 

The Department of Environmental Protection is working on developing a master plan to lay out the next 25 years. That's why officials are creating a task force, comprised of experts in the field, and advocates that are to be appointed, by the county executive. The first step is to take a look at the county's current facilities and then identify improvements that can be made. 

"I think the goal of all of this is to ensure that, as we go forward, we are doing our best to minimize what either goes into a landfill, or has to be incinerated and goes up into the air," said Patty Bubar, acting director of the DEP. 

The planning process is expected to take 15 to 18 months. 

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