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The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan and Maryland Bottle Bill aim to increase solid waste diversion from landfills and incinerators, to increase recycling and to decrease GHG emissions.
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Maryland Not On Track to Meet Zero Waste Goal

Maryland Not On Track to Meet Zero Waste Goal | Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan | Scoop.it
In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley charged the state of Maryland to develop a greenhouse reduction plan–a plan with the goal of accomplishing a 25% statewide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and zero waste by 2040, which, in reality, means diverting 85% of what gets buried in landfills now. In a recent article from the Baltimore sun David Costello, the deputy secretary of the environment was interviewed. He stated, “We’d love to zero it out, but zero is probably, quite frankly, impossible.” David also noted that statewide, Marylanders generate more than 12 million tons of trash and waste annually. While zero waste is not actually impossible–Sweden is very close to zero waste with a 99% recycling rate–it’s a pretty ambitious goal–one that Baltimore is currently not on track to meet. One of the largest problems with the plan is that it calls for doubling recycling in Maryland. Under the plan, recycling statewide was expected to be at 54% by 2015. Currently, Maryland is only at 40% statewide, and bleaker still, Baltimore City is only recycling 25% of its municipal waste. With the aforementioned important milestones yet to be met, new ventures are on the horizon, however, they aren’t ones that would aid in meeting any zero waste goals. In an effort to improve waste collection efficiency, Baltimore City will be expanding the Quarantine Road landfill by incorporating a 52-acre industrial landfill next door. Although according to Robert Murrow, Baltimore’s recycling coordinator, the city does plan to launch a public education campaign concerning lowering waste (and more) sometime this year, expanding a landfill seems to be counterintuitive of the task at hand. Recycling’s Role in the Zero Waste Goal If Maryland is going to get anywhere near their zero waste goal, recycling needs to be a priority. While Maryland has made it mandatory for schools and apartments to recycle, the amount of recyclable materials still being placed into the waste stream is high. One reason that a large percentage of recyclable materials still enter the waste stream instead of being recycled is due to single stream recycling. The main difference between single stream and dual stream recycling is that dual stream recycling centers receive their recyclables separated while single stream centers receive their items commingled. When all recyclable materials are placed together glass shatters, paper is commingled with bottles and cans and everything gets very mixed up, making it hard to sort. Some have described trying to recycle single stream recyclables as “trying to unscramble a scrambled egg.” The problem with single stream recycling is that it renders much of the materials collected unrecyclable (see “How Single Stream Recycling Makes Raw Materials Unrecyclable“) and eventually, those materials end up in the landfill anyway. If we all practiced dual stream recycling, a larger amount of items would be prevented from going into the waste stream. In Sweden, one of the world leaders in recycling, less than 1% of their waste goes to the landfill. Why? One huge factor is their separation process and priority hierarchy. “At the core of Sweden’s program is its […
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Bottle bill needed to clean up the Potomac - Baltimore Sun

Bottle bill needed to clean up the Potomac - Baltimore Sun | Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan | Scoop.it
Bottle bill needed to clean up the Potomac
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Luckily, the Maryland state legislature is considering a bottle bill that puts a 5-cent deposit on all bottles and cans.
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Maryland to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Maryland to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan | Scoop.it
The extreme weather resulting from climate change has the capacity to seriously damage the 3,000 miles of vulnerable Maryland shoreline - not to mention, that same shore's susceptibility to the ris...
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Maryland’s GHG Reduction Plan to Support 37,000 Jobs

Maryland’s GHG Reduction Plan to Support 37,000 Jobs | Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan | Scoop.it

Maryland has released a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan which outlines specific programs to achieve a 25 percent statewide reduction in GHG emissions by 2020.

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Maryland Bottle Bill and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

Maryland Bottle Bill and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan | Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan | Scoop.it
Maryland's "Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan", drafted by the MDE and supported by Gov. O’Malley, to Reduce Solid Waste by 85% by 2030 using a bottle bill and
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Gov. O'Malley Releases Long-Term Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan - CBS Local

Gov. O'Malley Releases Long-Term Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan - CBS Local | Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan | Scoop.it
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Gov. O'Malley Releases Long-Term Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan
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He released what he calls the country's most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction plan.
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Maryland releases a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

Maryland releases a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan | Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan | Scoop.it
The first five sentences of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan summarize what we need to know and do. 1) Climate change is real. 2) Scientists agree. 3) It’s happening now. 4) It’s harmful an...
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The Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan | Visual.ly

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The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan and Maryland Bottle Bill aim to increase solid waste diversion from landfills and incinerators, to increase recyclin
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