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2016 Legislative Update

As advocates for the Maryland recycling community, we strive to work closely with the Maryland Legislature to ensure our state's laws and regulations not only promote the sustainable reduction, reuse and recycling of materials otherwise destined for the landfill, but also make sense to those most affected by these laws and regulations.

This year, our Legislative Committee and Board of Directors have reviewed current bills under consideration that will have major impact on the recycling community. MRN has taken a stance on the following bills. Please go to Legislative / Regulatory page for full details of each bill and MRN Statement of Position as well as a list of other pending legislation. 

Support: Environment - Solid Waste, Recycling, and Anaerobic Digestion

Main point: The development of regulations for anaerobic digestion will be helpful in allowing one more avenue for recovery of resources from organic material that would otherwise be disposed in a landfill. 

HB 61 - Status: In the House - Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m.

Support: Environment - Paint Stewardship Program

Main point: Bill allows the opportunity to substantially increase recycling opportunities for a fairly ubiquitous product that is often hard for consumers to know how to properly dispose of. Paint recovery has been very successful in a number of other states. 

SB 201 - Status: In the Senate - Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 332 – Status: In the House - Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m. (Environment and Transportation)

Support: Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Task Force

Main point: We welcome the opportunity to participate with the Department of the Environment, the Department of Commerce and the other task force participants in studying ways in which to move Maryland forward with recovery of food scrap and other organic wastes in an environmentally safe and economically sustainable manner.

HB 743 - Status: In the House - Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.

Opposed: Maryland Redeemable Beverage Container Recycling Refund and Litter Reduction Act

Main point: Committee has concerns over loss of revenue for existing curbside collection programs. Funding to those jurisdictions for documented loss of revenue ends after three years while the county recycling programs will continue. Also concerned over the feasibility of Maryland specific redemption codes and cross state redemption policies.

SB 367 - Status: In the Senate - Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m. (Finance)
HB 862 - Status: In the House - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m. (Environment and Transportation