For the calendar year 2012, Montgomery County again led all other jurisdictions in the state in waste diversion with a rate of just under 60 percent, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The waste diversion rate primarily reflects recycling efforts but also credits waste reduction efforts.
Under the Maryland Recycling Act, all counties and Baltimore City are required to recycle 15 or 20 percent of their municipal solid waste, depending on population, and report annually to the state. Results are tabulated and published by MDE. Figures for calendar year 2013 will be published in early 2015.
More information in news release.