Zero Waste in MD

How communities across Maryland handle their trash has enormous impacts on local air quality, municipal budgets, and contributions to climate change. In the past decade, community-led campaigns in Baltimore City, Prince George's County, and Frederick and Carroll Counties prevented new trash incinerators from being built; but old incinerators in Baltimore City and Montgomery County remain in operation, over the protests of the communities they're located in. And Maryland policies and priorities tip the scales toward trash incineration and other polluters, holding back the zero waste revolution we need to reduce pollution, sequester carbon, and create good green jobs all across the state. We're working to push Maryland away from trash incineration and toward Zero Waste. Join us!

Amidst Rising Energy Costs, New Report Shows Maryland Ratepayers “Clean Energy” Dollars Are Flowing to Polluting Energy Sources

Report highlights the need to clean up Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, through passage of the Reclaim Renewable Energy Act (HB11)

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Reclaim Renewable Energy in Maryland!

Tell your legislators to stop "renewable energy" subsidies propping up polluters in our communities.

From We All Live Downstream

image from Keith Lasoya at Waste Neutral
July 27, 2022

Last year, we worked hard to pass HB264/SB483, which moves Maryland toward Zero Waste by making sure the the biggest producers of food waste are composting it if they can. And this year, it's time for those new rules to be put into action!

June 27, 2022

In the summer of 2021, I began working with Clean Water Action as an intern to help with some of their policy research projects, primarily concerning Maryland’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, trash incineration, and waste disposal in general. As I delved deeper into our current waste management systems, I learned more about alternatives and better solutions to the systems that we have now, which reminded me of the feasibility and simplicity of sorting waste during my time studying abroad in Lucca, Italy.

photo by Keith Lasoya: Waste Neutral
May 31, 2022

This morning, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates is holding a hearing on amendments to the City's 10-Year Solid Waste Management Plan - read the amendments for yourself here. Or for the highlights, read our testimony below!


Dear members of the Board of Estimates,