Maryland can get recycling right.
Marylanders are recycling, but did you know not everything collected is actually recycled. Without a workable system, millions of pounds of material that could be managed either goes into landfills or ends up as litter. It’s clear the system needs to change. We must act now.
Maryland homes and businesses throw away 41 million pounds of trash every day. That’s enough waste to build a wall from Baltimore to Miami six times.
Two-thirds of Americans believe the recycling system in the U.S. is broken.
In Maryland, every person generates over 7 pounds of trash each day. Marylanders make enough trash in one day to fill a football field 12 foot high.
Packaging Stewardship Works
All of us want to recycle responsibly and expect industry and government to do their part to manage packaging waste.
A Packaging Stewardship Program is the solution. Packaging Stewardship makes packaging producers responsible for what happens to packaging after it is sold and used and will ensure we build and maintain a safe and efficient recycling system.
Support Packaging Stewardship legislation.
HB36 will create a Packaging Stewardship system in Maryland, where packing producers pay a small fee to build and fund recycling and composting infrastructure to manage discarded packaging responsibly. With oversight from local and state officials, a Packaging Stewardship system will allow the state and industry to align on a unified plan to mitigate Maryland’s packaging waste sustainably.
HB36 will create a sustainable system with a coordinated vision to reduce waste through a Packaging Stewardship program.
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We Must Act Now!
It’s not too late to fix recycling in Maryland. Take action and support the Campaign for Recycling and the Environment to create a workable system for industry, government, and consumers.
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