Legislative & Regulatory
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 efforts by joining today.
2019 Legislative Update
Here are relevant bills under consideration.
Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Products
Prohibition: Prohibiting a person from selling in the State a certain expanded polystyrene food service product on or after January 1, 2020; prohibiting certain food service businesses and certain schools from selling or providing food in certain expanded polystyrene food service products on or after January 1, 2020; requiring a county health department to impose penalties of up to $250 for certain violations; requiring a county health department to notify the Department of the Environment of certain violations; providing a certain waiver; etc.
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution – Chapter 579
Office of Recycling – Mattresses and Box Springs
Requiring the Office of Recycling within the Department of the Environment to provide to local communities certain encouragement, information, and examples relating to certain programs that divert mattresses and box springs from disposal in landfills and incinerators and that recycle or reuse mattresses and box springs; and requiring the Office, in coordination with the Maryland Environmental Service, to include in a certain report certain information relating to mattresses and box springs.
Status: Failed in Senate
Food Waste – Acceptance for Final Disposal
Prohibiting the owner or operator of a refuse disposal system from accepting loads of separately collected food waste for final disposal unless the owner or operator provides for the composting of the food waste.
Approved by the Governor – Chapter 366
Recycling – Commercial Properties
Requiring a county to address, in a certain recycling plan, the collection and recycling of recyclable materials from commercial properties that are occupied by commercial entities with a total of at least 200 full-time employees; requiring owners of certain commercial properties to provide for recycling for the employees on the properties on or before October 1, 2021; providing for a civil penalty for a certain violation; providing for a delayed effective date for a certain provision of the Act; etc.
Approved by the Governor – Chapter 500
Other Approved Legislation
HB0511 Maryland Commercial Fertilizer Law – Definition of Soil Conditioner – Alteration
Approved by the Governor – Chapter 367
HB0539 Environment – Reuse of Water Diverted From Septic Systems
Approved by the Governor – Chapter 368
HB0954 Agriculture – Commercial Compost – Prohibition on Per Ton Inspection Fee
Approved by the Governor – Chapter 178
HB1166 Howard County – Authority to Impose Fees for Use of Disposable Bags Ho. Co. 04-19
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution – Chapter 725
Other Failed Legislation
HB0125 Solar Photovoltaic Recycling
Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
HB0134 Environment – Single-Use Plastic Straws – Use in Restaurants
Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
HB0492 Procurement – Carbon-Intensive Foods
Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB1142 Environment – Hazardous Materials – Disposal of Synthetic Turf and Turf Infill
Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn
SB0183 Recycling – Lodging Establishments – Notification to Guests
Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn