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House Environment and Transportation Committee votes in favor of HB0264 - Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion - Food Residuals - via Zoom on March 12, 2021. MRN provided testimony supporting this bill.

Legislative Advocates

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Every year, the Maryland General Assembly considers upwards of 2,500 bills of which as many as 700 or more may become law. And all this happens during a 90 day session!

MRN advocates on behalf of the Maryland recycling community to ensure that these legislative initiatives achieve their stated goals in a cost- and time-effective manner without creating unintended consequences that hobble our mission to promote a healthy, sustainable environment. See below for for the 2022 legislative activity we are currently following and/or initiating. Click these links to view bills from prior years or Maryland's current recycling laws.


MRN Advocacy 2023


While the Maryland General Assembly does not formally go into session until January, lots of work is going on in preparation. MRN does its best to stay ahead of the game by keeping in touch with key legislators on the Senate and House environment committees in order to provide subject matter expertise when they are drafting legislation that could impact our industry.

We also do our best to provide education to staff from the Department of Legislative Services who draft legislation at the request of legislators. This year we hosted DLS staff on a tour of the Prince Georges County Western Branch composting facility and the Capitol Heights MRF.

Here’s what’s on deck so far. We’re sure there’s more to come. Click here to see current legislation under consideration.

E-Cycling – On September 28, 2022, MRN’s E-Cycling Workgroup met with Delegate Dana Stein to begin drafting e-cycling legislation for the 2023 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The workgroup is looking at a model that potentially incorporates a consumer fee to fund the program and includes requirements for certification and oversight of the participating e-cyclers as well as an information campaign to build consumer awareness regarding the environmental importance of keeping electronics out of the waste stream.

EPR for Packaging – MRN’s Legislative Advocacy Group led by Chaz Miller is working with Delegate Sara Love on parameters for an EPR for Packaging bill that addresses many of the concerns raised regarding the 2022 Senate Bill 292 and House Bill 307. These include a comprehensive needs assessment, local government reimbursement, processing facility selection and more. See the MRN Response for details.

Others Likely to Appear – There are a number of bills which stalled in committee last year which are likely to be brought back in 2023. These include:
•    Paint Stewardship
•    Environmental Justice
•    Mattress Stewardship
•    Post-consumer Recycled Content
•    Truth in Labeling
•    … and more

11/21/22 Update:

Organics and AD Systems – We participated in a workgroup call headed up by Andrew Cassilly, Chief Legislative Officer for Governor Hogan, along with Hans Schmidt, Assistant Secretary for Resource Conservation at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Dr. Stephanie Lansing walked us through a variety of options for food waste management and energy production through anaerobic digestion. The group expressed special interest in the possible deployment of small-scale digesters throughout the Maryland farming community.

HB 164 Markets Development – MDE has scheduled a Recycling Market Development Workshop on December 6, 2022 from 1-2:30 pm. House Bill 164 requires MDE to promote the development of markets for recycled materials and recycled products in the State. It also requires the Office to evaluate the availability of recycling markets and identify businesses in the State that use recycled materials. MRN has been in conversations with MDE staff regarding opportunities to help with the implementation of this bill. Learn more here.

EPA National Recycling Strategy and Funding Options for Education & Outreach – We also participated in a national Recycling Organizations Council Call last week featuring Swarupa Ganguli, Acting Chief, Resource Conservation Branch at EPA, regarding funding options totaling $75m for Recycling Education & Outreach. This grant program, which will become available to counties and municipalities by year end, supports key EPA goals to increase collection and reduce contamination. MRN will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday, January 26 at Noon at which Ganguli and her staff will provide more details and guidance on the grant application process. Register here.

12/20/22 Update:

EPR for Packaging in the Works
– The MRN Legislative Committee, headed up by Chaz Miller, has been working closely with MD Delegate Love and Senator Augustine to come up with an EPR model that could work in our state. Key issues on which we’re focused include ensuring local control of materials processing, fair and sustainable revenue sharing, accommodation for subscription-based residential as well as commercial recycling programs, and inclusion of a comprehensive needs assessment. We have recommended establishment of a workgroup in the spring of next year to address these issues and produce a bill for 2024 that will truly meet the needs of all stakeholders while achieving the EPR goals of securing funding for local recycling programs and protecting our environment.


Stay tuned!

If you have any comments or questions in the meanwhile, please don’t hesitate to contact us by reply by email or at (443) 741-8740.


Current Bills Under Consideration: Click on the respective title or icon to view more information on each bill. You can also view and filter all legislation currently under consideration in the MD Senate and House. And view (by day/week/month, senate/house, etc.) the calendar of committee meetings and video archive of past meetings.

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HB0031 Environment – Products and Packaging – Labeling, Marketing, and Advertising for Recycling
HB0031 Environment – Products and Packaging – Labeling, Marketing, and Advertising for Recycling

Altering certain plastic resin labeling requirements for rigid plastic containers and plastic bottles to require the "chasing arrows" symbol; altering the capacity of the plastic bottles to which the plastic resin labeling requirements apply; establishing plastic resin labeling requirements for plastic bags; prohibiting the display of a certain symbol on plastic bags, plastic bottles, and rigid plastic containers if the bags, bottles, and containers do not meet certain requirements; prohibiting certain environmental marketing claims; etc.


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HB0091 Environment – Recycling – Hotels
HB0091 Environment – Recycling – Hotels

Requiring an owner, an operator, or a manager of a hotel to provide recycling for the guests of the hotel and recycle certain materials on or before October 1, 2024; authorizing a county to require an owner, an operator, or a manager of a hotel to report recycling activities to the county in a certain manner; and authorizing an enforcement unit, officer, or official of a county, a municipality, or any other local government to conduct inspections of a hotel to enforce certain provisions of the Act.


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HB0109 Task Force on Recycling Policy and Recycling and Waste Systems in Maryland
HB0109 Task Force on Recycling Policy and Recycling and Waste Systems in Maryland

Establishing the Task Force on Recycling Policy and Recycling and Waste Systems in Maryland to review the Maryland Recycling Act, study the recycling and waste systems in Maryland, and make recommendations on updating the Maryland Recycling Act and implementing regional recycling and waste disposal facilities; and requiring the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to certain committees of the General Assembly by June 30, 2024.


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HB0147 Environment - Climate Crisis Plan - Requirement
HB0147 Environment - Climate Crisis Plan - Requirement

Requiring each county to prepare a climate crisis plan to address the effects of climate change in the county; requiring each county to submit its plan to the Department of the Environment for review and feedback on or before June 1, 2024; requiring the Department to provide feedback to each county on or before November 1, 2024; requiring each county to finalize its plan on or before January 1, 2025; and requiring each county to review and update its plan at least once every 3 years.


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HB0342 Environment - Plastic Products - Postconsumer Recycled Content Program
HB0342 Environment - Plastic Products - Postconsumer Recycled Content Program

Prohibiting certain producers of certain plastic products from selling, offering for sale, or distributing the products to any person in the State unless certain conditions are met; requiring certain producers of certain plastic products to, individually or as part of a representative organization, register and pay a certain annual registration fee to the Department of the Environment; establishing certain minimum postconsumer recycled content percentage requirements for certain products; etc.


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