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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Composting, Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2017

Report: Why Should Baltimore Recycle More?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-baltimore-recycle/

There are two primary reasons why Baltimore should invest in more recycling. Establishing high recycling levels will position the city’s residents and businesses for the future, when the costs of incineration and landfill will be more expensive. The city could save citizens and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars by shrinking its waste stream for the next generation. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Virginia Streeter | No Comments | Updated on Mar 29, 2017

Compostable Plastics Bill Advances in Maryland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/compostable-plastics-bill-advances-in-maryland/

Since we wrote about Maryland House Bill 1349, “Compostable, Degradable, and Biodegradable Plastic Products – Labeling,” in late February, it has made significant progress in the Maryland state legislature. As of March 23rd, the bill passed its third reading in the House and moved on to the Senate. Since the bill was not cross-filed with… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2017

Brenda Platt Interviewed on Marc Steiner Show’s “Sound Bites: Food Waste and Recovery”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-interviewed-on-marc-steiner-show-sound-bites-food-waste-and-recovery/

The Marc Steiner Show – March 2, 2017

ILSR co-director and Waste to Wealth initiative director was interviewed on WEAA 88.9 FM’s March Steiner Show on March 2nd, 2017 to discuss food waste recovery. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2017

Bill on Compostable Plastics Labeling Gains Hearing in Maryland House of Delegates

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/compostable-plastics-labeling-legislation-maryland/

On Wednesday, March 1st, the Maryland House of Delegates’ Committee on Environment and Transportation will conduct a hearing on House Bill 1349: “Compostable, Degradable, and Biodegradable Plastic Products – Labeling.” The legislation, introduced by Maryland Delegate Shane Robinson (District 39), is a result of close work between Delegate Robinson and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). ILSR, and a number of allies, will be testifying on the merits of the bill in front of the House Committee. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2017

Maryland Bill to Increase Food Recovery Infrastructure Advances with ILSR’s Help

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2017-maryland-bills-organic-diversion/

Legislation is making its way through the Maryland legislature that will encourage a distributed infrastructure to divert yard waste and food waste from the waste stream. The paired legislation, called; Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Act,” include Senate Bill 0099 and House Bill 0171. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has been instrumental in work on this legislation and ILSR experts submitted testimony to both hearings. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Sustainable Plastics, Waste to Wealth, Young Activist Club | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2017

ILSR Submits Testimony in Favor of Maryland Anti-Styrofoam Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/testimony-maryland-anti-styrofoam-bill/

On February 15th, 2017, the Maryland House of Delegates’ Committee on Environment and Transportation conducted a hearing on House Bill 229: “Polystyrene Food Service Products and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging – Prohibition on Sale.” The legislation, which was introduced by Maryland Delegate Brooke Lierman (District 46), seeks to ban polystyrene (otherwise known as styrofoam) food service products due to its adverse impacts on disposal, the waste stream generally, and the environment. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2017

Bolstering Waste Recovery Through Model Legislation – Episode 11 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/waste-recovery-episode-11-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Brenda Platt, ILSR co-director and director of our Waste to Wealth initiative. The two discuss the history of ILSR’s Zero Waste work and how the conversation around composting and waste has changed in her 30 years at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2017

Maryland Considers Bill to Require Study of Organics Processing Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/maryland-considers-bill-to-require-study-of-organics-processing-infrastructure/

WasteDive – February 6, 2017

Based on an executive order from former Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland has a goal of diverting 60% if its organic waste by 2020. This is part of a larger goal of reaching 85% waste diversion and 80% recycling by 2040, which has been supported by current Governor Larry Hogan. According to a recent report, the state has an estimated 30 years of remaining landfill capacity and its per capita generation rate is higher than the national average. MDE could technically conduct this study at any time — and advised legislative staff that the proposed bill could be implemented using existing resources — but formally requiring it is seen as a necessary step. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2017

Montgomery County, Maryland Passes Strategic Plan to Advance Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/montgomery-county-maryland-2016-legislation/

On November 28th, 2016, Montgomery County’s chief executive Isiah Leggett signed the “Strategic Plan to Advance Composting, Compost Use, and Food Waste Diversion in Montgomery County,” culminating a process that was in-the-works for much of 2016.

The law, which is available here, requires Montgomery County’s Director of Environmental Protection (DEP) to “develop a Strategic Plan to advance composting, compost use, and food waste diversion” by October 1st, 2017. The law also required the DEP to submit an annual report each year documenting progress towards achieving the goals of the plan. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Virginia Streeter | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2016

Maryland’s Food Recovery Summit, A Review

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/marylands-food-recovery-summit-a-review/

On November 30, 2016, members of ILSR’s Composting Makes Sense team attended the Maryland Food Recovery Summit. Brenda Platt was a vital part of organizing the summit, along with Hilary Miller and Kaley Laleker from the Maryland Department of the Environment. The Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Ben Grumbles, opened the day with a Mark… Continue reading