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, Prince George’s County, and Baltimore City
    • An EPS ban in Anne Arundel County was passed in June 2018, before being vetoed
  • 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.