Category: plastic


Measuring Effectiveness of Policy: Designing Evaluation Methodology for the Baltimore City EPS Foam Ban

Written by Molly Cook, Graduate student with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Nursing

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Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis Introduce EPS Foam Bans

Amid the disappointing failure of the Maryland General Assembly to pass a statewide ban on EPS foam, Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis step up to join the growing list of jurisdictions in Maryland that recognize how harmful this product is.

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When did we become a plastic society?

Take a couple of minutes and check out this great video by Jeff Bridges for the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Share the video with your friends, and then get involved with us to make a difference right here in Maryland!

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Announcing the Chesapeake Bay Trash Trawl with 5 Gyres

We are very excited to announce a great new project coming up next month! 5 Gyres, renowned for research on plastic pollution in the ocean’s gyres, is coming to Maryland in November to help us learn more about plastic pollution…

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Prince George’s County one big step closer to a bag fee

This morning delegates that represent Prince George’s County in the Maryland General Assembly voted 12-9 in support of HB895, which would give the County the authority to enact a five-cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags. The bill now…

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In brighter news…

A roundup of recent success stories: Brownsville, Texas, instituted a ban on plastic bags in January, and residents are seeing the results: Brownsville resident Juan Peña says he has noticed that the city looks a lot cleaner. Travel around any…

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We reap what we sow

Shocking video of a canal in Naples after a storms: Why do we do this to ourselves? Thanks to @FlotsamDiaries for the tip.

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Two Articles Worth a Read

A couple of good articles have crossed my Twitter feed in the past week. (Follow @TrashFreeMD for regular updates!) First, our friends in Oregon are working to pass a statewide bag ban. This effort follows on a successful campaign to…

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Tell me about this bag fee.

The Clean the Streams and Beautify the Bay Act (SB602/HB1034) proposes to require shoppers in Maryland to pay five cents for each single-use plastic and paper bag they take from stores. The money raised from the fee is split between…

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A Big Week for Bag Bills

Plastic litter reduction proposals are sweeping the nation, with lots of activity just this week: Yesterday, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee of Oregon’s Senate heard public debate on SB 536, which would ban disposable plastic bags and put a…

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