The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) promotes and encourages waste diversion across the State of Maryland. Waste diversion combines both recycling and source reduction activities.
The Maryland Recycling Act (MRA) requires all Counties and Baltimore City to recycle 15% (populations under 150,000) or 20% (populations over 150,000) of the waste generated. State government is required to recycle 20% of their solid waste. These rates increase to 20% or 35% for counties by December 31, 2015. State government must implement a recycling plan to reach a 30% recycling rate by July 1, 2014. In addition, Maryland established a voluntary waste diversion goal of 60%, and a voluntary recycling rate of 55% by 2020. The waste diversion goal is comprised of the recycling rate plus source reduction credits (maximum 5%) that Maryland Counties and Baltimore City earn through activities designed to reduce the amount of waste going to the waste stream.
MDE works toward Maryland's waste diversion goals by partnering with Maryland's jurisdictions and the public and private sectors to develop markets for recyclable materials and by working with other State agencies to increase the volume of materials diverted from landfills.
For additional information or questions, contact the Waste Diversion Division by email or phone at 410-537-3314.
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230