Trash Free Maryland works at the local and state level to create systemic change in trash pollution. We organize the volunteers who diligently clean their neighborhoods and waterways to create policies and programs that stop litter in the first place.
Since 2009, we have notched a lot of victories:
- Established a 5-cent fee on disposable bags in Washington, DC, and Montgomery County
- Required recycling service at large public events in Maryland
- Imposed points on the driving records of people convicted of illegal dumping in Maryland
- Banned plastic microbeads in personal care products in Maryland
- Banned polystyrene foam food packaging in DC, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County
- Banned plastic bags in Takoma Park
We have also provided significant expertise, research, and coalition building for local governments with federal or state trash reduction requirements, to ensure their plans are effective and meaningful. Here’s one example.
Later this year, we’ll have results of our Chesapeake Bay Trash Trawl, the largest study of microplastics in the Bay. We’ll also be launching a social marketing campaign to reduce litter in Baltimore City.