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Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2017

What is Baltimore’s Garbage Future? Economic and Public Health Considerations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/what-is-baltimores-garbage-future-economic-and-public-health-considerations/

The city of Baltimore, its citizens, and its businesses should pay close attention to solid waste and recycling management; it impacts the city’s economic bottom line and its public health. Costs Baltimore’s system for managing waste and recycling is well within the acceptable operational and cost parameters for cities in the mid-Atlantic region. Waste is… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2017

Baltimore’s Camp Small Zero Waste Initiative

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/baltimores-camp-small-zero-waste-initiative/

Since 2016, Shaun Preston, a native of Anne Arundel County, has been operating a unique city-owned wood enterprise at Camp Small in north Baltimore. The enterprise, the result of collaboration between the Department of Recreation and Parks’ Division of Forestry and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, is designed to reduce city expenses managing wood waste,… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2017

City of Frederick Key to Recycling in Frederick County, Maryland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/city-of-frederick-key-to-recycling-in-frederick-county-maryland/

Twelve and a half years ago, Frederick County proposed to build a 1,500 ton-per-day garbage incinerator to manage its waste. The County was forced to kill the proposal 2.5 years ago when organized citizens pointed out the financial risks. The City of Frederick, with 70,000 of the County’s 250,000 population, its own collection crews, landfill… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 7, 2017

UPDATE: Maryland Gov. Hogan signs 2 bills to increase focus on organics processing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/update-maryland-gov-hogan-signs-2-bills-to-increase-focus-on-organics-processing/

Waste Dive – May 7, 2017 By Cole Rosengren UPDATE: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills on May 4 that were supported by local organics processors and groups such as the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The first, HB0171, takes effect on July 1 and will require the Maryland Department of the Environment to study existing organics processing… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

Press Release: Maryland Governor Hogan Signs ILSR-led Bipartisan Bills to Advance Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-maryland-governor-hogan-signs-ilsr-led-bipartisan-bills-to-advance-composting/

ANNAPOLIS, MD – On Thursday, May 4th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills to advance composting in Maryland. One will bolster recovery of food waste and other organic materials by expanding infrastructure in the state. The other will reduce contamination at compost sites by preventing the false labeling of plastics as compostable or biodegradable. In signing the bills, which were among dozens of environmental bills passed by the Maryland legislature in 2017, Governor Hogan thanked the state’s elected officials for the real bipartisan effort in passing laws to “protect our soil, our air, and our water… and grow the investment in jobs in our state.”

HB171/SB99, the “Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Act,” requires the Maryland Department of the Environment to study and report on existing compost manufacturing infrastructure in Maryland, as well as laws in other states that divert food scraps and organics, and to then recommend how to improve infrastructure and funding opportunities to expand composting in the Maryland. The bill requires the Department to consult with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, along with a number of ILSR’s allies including the MD-DC Compost Council, the American Biogas Council, the Maryland Horse Council, the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, the Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2017

Creating Community Wealth Through Compost – Episode 19 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/creating-community-wealth-through-compost-episode-19-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In Building Local Power this week, we’re delving into the potential community-based composting holds to empower historically marginalized communities in cities across the United States. Host Christopher Mitchell and ILSR’s Project Manager for the Composting for Community initiative, Linda Bilsens, sit down with composters Sophia Hosain and Guy Schaffer to discuss how their composting projects are… Continue reading

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