The Maryland Recycling Act (MRA) mandates that State government achieve a waste reduction goal of at least 30%, or to an amount that is determined "practical and economically feasible", but in no case less than 10%.
The All StAR (All State Agencies Recycle) program is the name of the State government agency recycling program. All StAR agencies designate a Recycling Coordinator to manage their various sites throughout Maryland. They provide technical support to encourage recycling in their agencies sites and to facilitate reporting on collection activities.
State agencies achieved a recycling rate of 35.92 % for calendar year 2017. Beginning with calendar year 2012 data, a change was made to the volume-to-weight conversion factor used by some State agencies when estimating the amount of waste disposed. As a result, State agencies using the conversion factor would show a recycling rate reduction, compared to 2011, even if the amount of material recycled remained constant. The conversion factor was revised in the Maryland Department of the Environment's ongoing effort to provide an accurate representation of waste disposed totals. The new conversion factor is in line with industry standards.
House Bill 929, Environment – Recycling Rates and Waste Diversion – Statewide Goals, Chapter 692 Acts of 2012, which increases the amount of waste required to be recycled by State agencies to 30 percent in 2014. As part of the implementation process, MDE is asking that all State agencies revise their recycling plans to include a recycling goal and steps towards reaching the goal by December 2012. In an effort to lead by example, it is hoped that each Agency's recycling goal will be at least 40 percent in 2015. If your 2011 recycling rate is currently greater than 40 percent, then a goal that provides a reasonable increase is desired. This will assist State Government in achieving a Statewide recycling rate of at least 40 percent in 2015.
House Bill 595, State Government-Recycling Program-Aluminum, Glass, Paper, and Plastic became effective on October 1, 2009. It mandates that the State Government recycling plan shall include a system for recycling aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic generated for disposal by the State government, including the placement of collection bins in State–owned or State–operated office buildings in locations in the state where it is determined to be practical and economically feasible.
State Government Recycling Plan: This plan outlines the responsibilities between MDE and the State Agency Recycling Coordinators.
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