Every year, the Maryland General Assembly considers upwards of 2,500
bills of which as many as 700 or more may become law. And all this
happens during a 90 day session! MRN advocates on behalf of the Maryland
recycling community to ensure that legislative initiatives achieve
their stated goals in a cost- and time-effective manner without creating
unintended consequences that hobble our mission to promote a healthy,
sustainable environment. If you’re not a member, please support our
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Note: MRN organized a recycling presentation and tour on May 30
for the MD House Environment and Transportation Committee at the Baltimore County Central Acceptance Facility in
Cockeysville. This presentation represents one of many steps MRN takes
to ensure our elected officials are well-informed regarding the
realities of operating recycling programs in the state.

2017 Legislative Update: Here are relevant bills considered in 2017.

HB 0124 – Solid Waste and Recycling Facilities

Requiring the Department of the Environment to adopt specified
regulations relating to recycling facilities, including conditions for
specified permit exemptions; providing that specified enforcement
provisions apply to specified violations; requiring the Department to
convene and consult with a workgroup of affected stakeholders in
developing specified regulations; and requiring the workgroup to include
representatives of specified entities.

MRN Position: Support – MRNreHB124SolidWasteandRecyclingFacilities.pdf

Status: House Third Reading Passed (134-0); In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (47-0),
In the House – Returned Passed

HB 1070 – End-of-Life Management of Mattresses – Study

Requiring the Department of the Environment to study, identify, and
make recommendations regarding specified matters that relate to the
end-of-life management of mattresses in the State; requiring the
Department to consult with specified State agencies and specified
persons in carrying out specified activities; and requiring the
Department to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor
and to specified committees of the General Assembly on or before
December 31, 2017.

MRN Position: Support – MRNreHB1070-End-of-Life ManagementOfMattresses.pdf

Status – Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn

HB 1309 – Recycling – Special Events

(Cross filed with SB 885)
Altering the application of specified provisions of law relating to
recycling at special events; requiring a county, a municipality, or any
other local government to provide to an organizer of a special event a
written statement that describes specified requirements and penalties
before issuing a permit for the special event; requiring a county, a
municipality, or any other local government to enforce specified
provisions of law relating to recycling at a special event; and altering
specified penalties.

MRN Position: Oppose – MRNreHB1309-Recycling-SpecialEvents.pdf

Status – In the House – Third Reading Passed (122-17), In the Senate – Third Reading Passed (40-7)
In the House – Returned Passed

HB1349 – Compostable, Degradable, and Biodegradable Plastic Products – Labeling

Prohibiting a person from selling a specified plastic product that is
labeled as biodegradable, degradable, or decomposable on or after
October 1, 2018, subject to a specified exception; prohibiting a person
from selling a specified plastic product labeled as compostable, marine
degradable, or home compostable on or after October 1, 2018, unless the
plastic product meets specified standards; establishing specified
penalties; providing for the disposition of specified penalties
collected under the Act; etc.

Status – In the House – Third Reading Passed (120-8), In the
Senate – Favorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental
Affairs

HB 1572 – Prince George’s County – Authority to Prohibit the Use of Disposable Bags

Authorizing Prince George’s County to enact a law that prohibits
specified retail establishments from using disposable bags as part of a
retail sale of products; and defining “disposable bag” as a paper or
plastic bag provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale.

Status – Unfavorable Report by House Rules and Executive Nominations; Withdrawn

SB 0099 – Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure – Study

(Cross-filed with HB 0228) Requiring
the Department of the Environment, in consultation with specified
persons, to study, review, explore, identify, and make recommendations
regarding specified matters that relate to the diversion of yard waste
from refuse disposal facilities, including specified infrastructure;
requiring the Department to provide an interim report to the Governor
and the General Assembly on or before July 1, 2018 and to report its
final findings and recommendations by July 1, 2019; etc.

MRN Position: Support – MRNreSB99YardWaste-FoodResiduals-InfrastrustureTaskForce.pdf

Status: Senate – Third Reading Passed (46-0); In the House – Third Reading Passed (134-0)

SB 0168 – Maryland Paint Stewardship Program

(Cross-filed with HB 0674)
Requiring specified producers or a representative organization to
submit a plan for the establishment of a Paint Stewardship Program to
the Department of the Environment on or before January 1, 2018, and in
accordance with specified requirements; requiring the Department to
review and approve specified plans, including a specified assessment,
submitted in accordance with the Paint Stewardship Program; prohibiting
the sale of specified architectural paint under specified circumstances
beginning July 1, 2018; etc.

MRN Position – Support with Amendment

Status: In the House – Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn

SB 0186 – Polystyrene Food Service Products and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging – Prohibition on Sale

(Cross-filed with HB 0229)
Prohibiting a person from selling in the State specified expanded
polystyrene food service products or expanded polystyrene loose fill
packaging on or after January 1, 2018; prohibiting specified food
service businesses from selling or providing food in specified expanded
polystyrene food service products on or after January 1, 2018;
authorizing a county health department to impose specified penalties for
violations of the Act; requiring a county health department to notify
the Department of specified violations; etc.

Status – Stalled in Committee