MDE has drafted an ambitious 25-year plan to nearly eliminate the inefficient disposal of solid waste and wastewater in Maryland. The Zero Waste plan centers on a number of progressive waste reduction, reuse, recycling and energy recovery goals, and policy reforms. As part of its legislatively-mandated Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, the State has established long-term 2040 recycling and waste diversion goals of 80% and 85%, respectively, along with interim targets. Planned actions include: enhanced waste management reporting; new source reduction requirements; augmented composting, recycling and reuse guidance and mandates; clean energy recovery incentives; expanded materials and process bans; numerous government lead-by-example initiatives; and market and job creation inducements.
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