On May 4, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 171 (“bill”) entitled Yard Waste, Food Residuals, and Other Organic Materials Diversion and Infrastructure – Study, Chapter 384, Acts of 2017.  The bill became effective July 1, 2017 and required the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to study, review, explore, identify, and make recommendations regarding specified matters related to the diversion of yard waste, food residuals, and other organic materials from refuse disposal facilities; and to evaluate the status of infrastructure in the State.

The bill required MDE to consult with multiple stakeholders to conduct the study. These stakeholders included: several state agencies; the University of Maryland; Johns Hopkins University’s Center for a Livable Future; farm industry and environmental non-profits; food service trade groups; the Maryland Food Bank; organic materials recycling businesses and trade groups including the Maryland Recycling Network; and other stakeholders in Maryland’s organic materials recovery industry, herein known as the “study group.” A total of 10 public meetings were held, with participation and input from other interested parties.

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