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MDE Workgroup Meets with Maryland Port Administration

MDE’s Yard Waste, Food Residuals, and Other Organic Materials Diversion and Infrastructure Workgroup (HB 171) met on December 3. Kristen Keene of the Maryland Port Administration shared progress to date on a multi-year research project exploring the innovative reuse of dredged material as soil amendment (see Innovative Reuse and Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Guidance Document).

We then learned about a food waste recovery pilot program in the Elkridge/Jessup region from Peter Ettinger of BTS Bioenergy. This project is testing a distributed anaerobic digestate production model that hopes to minimize transport cost while generating soil amendments and energy feedstock. The meeting wrapped up with a review of the preliminary draft recommendations shared by MDE. A final set of recommendations is expected shortly.

The workgroup is part of Governor Hogan's Executive Order HB 171 requiring the establishment of a work group to study the current Maryland Recycling Act requirements and make recommendations on how to produce a meaningful environmental impact at an economically feasible cost.