# Solid Waste Services
The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County's air, water, and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy, and healthy communities.
program_outcome: Environment Preservation
program_category: Sustainability and Environment
service: Public Works
residential_diversion_rate: 61% (2016)
UN_Sustainable_Development_Goals: Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production