Category: montgomery county


Is the Montgomery County bag law working?

Or would an outright ban be better?

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MoCo steps up the Bag Law

Starting this summer, the county will distribute new point-of-sale cards and posters to remind shoppers to bring their own bags.

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Looking back on 2015

We had a very big year, with foam packaging bans, a landmark ban on microbeads, and the largest study of microplastic pollution in our region to date.

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We passed the foam trifecta!

Today the Prince George’s County Council voted unanimously to ban polystyrene foam food containers and packing material for distribution or sale at restaurants and retailers. The ban takes effect in July 2016. This means that next year your takeout dinner,…

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Montgomery County Banned the Foam

I’m delighted to report that this morning the Montgomery County Council voted 8-0 to ban polystyrene foam food packaging! Rock Creek in Montgomery County, Fall 2014 The law in many ways mirrors the law passed in DC last summer: –…

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You’re Invited! Come talk trash with us

On October 27, join us in Potomac for a conversation with policymakers and advocates about trash pollution and solutions in Montgomery County, including the pending ban on polystyrene foam food packaging. This is the first in a series of house…

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Polystyrene ban introduced in Montgomery County

Yesterday Montgomery County councilmembers Hans Riemer and George Leventhal introduced Bill 41-14, to ban polystyrene foam food packaging starting in 2016. The bill is similar to one passed this summer in Washington, DC, giving the measure even greater environmental impact…

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Victory in Montgomery! For now.

The Montgomery County Council has put a hold on a proposal to reduce the number of stores required to charge five cents for disposable plastic and paper checkout bags. In a committee work session last Monday, Councilmember Roger Berliner said…

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Bag fees: Where does the money go?

I’ve been terrible at updating this summer. Plus I get asked this question a lot, so it seems like I should document it for posterity. So you are shopping in DC or Montgomery County, and you forgot your reusable bag…

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Montgomery County Council considers changing a policy that works

As the 25th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup wraps up, we reflect back on the last couple of months of citizen action against litter. 14,238 volunteers at 616 sites, removed 574,000 lbs of trash including 193,800 beverage containers and 27,200…

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