Category: recycling


Be a Trash Free Restaurant!

Plastic pollution is an increasingly complex problem with dangerous ramifications for the safety of drinking water, aquatic ecosystems, and public health. Twenty-three percent of plastic materials in landfills in the United States come from food containers and food packaging, and…

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Hogan rescinds zero waste goals

What happens to Maryland’s zero waste plan now?

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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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Save the world. Stop recycling everything.

Single-stream recycling is one of the most popular municipal services around, and it sends recycling participation rates through the roof. But is that a good thing?

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October means we’re two steps closer to trash free

Yesterday, lots of new laws took effect in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, like DC’s “yoga tax” and Maryland’s marijuana decriminalization. But we’re most excited about two new laws the media isn’t writing about: – SB390, which adds points to the…

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Press Release: Maryland Improves Access to Public Space Recycling

Supporters of SB781 at the bill signing, including Senator Karen Montgomery, second from left, and Elvia Thompson of Annapolis Green, second from right, back row. Photo via Creative Commons license, courtesy of Executive Office of the Governor. ANNAPOLIS (May 5,…

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Mid-February Legislative Update

We are one month into the three-month session of the Maryland General Assembly. Here’s a quick report on bills we are following: SB707/HB718 Community Cleanup and Greening Act: This is the bag bill. This year we are proposing that all…

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What could a bottle bill do for Maryland?

Today Delegate Maggie McIntosh (chair of the Environmental Matters Committee) will announce that she is introducing a bottle bill for Maryland to the General Assembly. For those of us in the trash world, this is a very big deal. But…

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Maryland General Assembly Trash Roundup

By now you’ve probably heard that the Community Cleanup & Greening Act did not pass in the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly. We fought hard and had some successes along the way, but given the heavy load of…

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Plastics industry introduces two weak alternatives

Two industry-written proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly in recent days. Their intent is to make it look like the industry is “doing something.” In fact, they will only encourage complacency and confuse people when stronger, more effective…

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