Friday, May 16, 2014

Maryland's Draft Zero Waste Plan - Only one week left to comment! - From MDE

Don't Delay - Comment Period Closes Friday, May 23


Dear Colleagues,

The Maryland Department of the Environment hasdrafted an ambitious policy framework to nearly eliminate the inefficient disposal of solid waste and wastewater in Maryland. 

The O'Malley-Brown Administration's proposed Zero Waste plan centers on a number of progressive waste reduction, reuse, recycling and energy recovery goals, and policy reforms and initiatives. It calls for establishing long-term 2040 recycling and waste diversion goals of 80 percent and 85 percent respectively - along with interim targets. 

Proposed actions include: enhanced waste management reporting; new source reduction requirements; expanded composting, recycling and water use guidance and mandates; clean energy recovery incentives; expanded materials bans; numerous government lead-by-example initiatives; and market and job creation inducements.

Please review the draft plan and email your comments to byFriday, May 23

We look forward to your input.


Robert M. Summers
Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
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