Trash Free Maryland, founded in 2010, is a nonprofit organization focused on lasting change to prevent trash pollution.
We bring together organizations, businesses, government agencies and decision makers, and individuals committed to reducing trash in Maryland’s environment. Many of our partners have participated in community cleanup events and been discouraged by the futility of their efforts. Trash Free Maryland seeks to prevent litter from happening in the first place, and supports policies and programs to that end.
We focus much of our attention on programs and policies to reduce the use of disposable bags and polystyrene, and to incentivize recycling of bottles, cans, and other materials. Trash Free Maryland is also participating in the development and assessment of regulations aimed at reducing trash pollution, fostering changes within industry, and behavior change through public education and community programs.
More than 60 organizations, schools, and businesses from across the state participate in Trash Free Maryland.