Zero Waste Programs: Turning the Vision of the Circular Economy Into Practice

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2016 includes the Maryland Zero Waste Plan’s recycling and diversion goals, which are 80% recycling and 85% diversion by 2030.

These are ambitious, important, and achievable goals, and reaching them will require serious planning and a genuine commitment from local elected officials.

I would like to see elected officials in Frederick County, as well as across the state, implement effective policies and programs and build the necessary infrastructure to further Zero Waste practices.

On September 28th, in Baltimore, elected officials, staff and concerned citizens can take a step in that direction and learn about “zero waste policies, programs and infrastructure that design waste out of the system wherever possible and divert discarded materials through composting, reclaiming, reducing, reusing, and recycling.”

The Maryland Sierra Club is a coordinating organization, and discounted registration ($50) is available for Sierra Club members. Contact me at carolineeader@gmail.com for information how to receive the discount.

Consider attending, and help move Maryland towards a Zero Waste future!

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The Zero Waste International Alliance presents:

Zero Waste Programs:
Turning the Vision of the Circular Economy Into Practice

ISWA World Congress/SWANA Waste Con Workshop

WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 8:30am – 5:00pm

WHERE: Baltimore Convention Center,

COST: $75:00 (lunch on your own off-site)

Registration links: Conference Attendee or Non-Conference Attendee

Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) is pleased to partner with the International Solid Waste Association and the Solid Waste Association of North American to present a one-day workshop to share international Zero Waste programs and strategies. ZWIA representatives from Brazil, Sweden, Philippines, Italy, Canada, Mexico, and USA will showcase Zero Waste policies, programs and infrastructure that design waste out of the system wherever possible and divert discarded materials through composting, reclaiming, reducing, reusing, and recycling.


About the Zero Waste International Alliance:

Working towards a world without waste through public education and practical application of Zero Waste principles.

The Zero Waste International Alliance has been established to promote positive alternatives to landfill and incineration and to raise community awareness of the social and economic benefits to be gained when waste is regarded as a resource base upon which can be built both employment and business opportunity.

The simple technology and methods required to achieve Zero Waste exist in every community around the world. The Zero Waste International Alliance can connect you to leaders in the field who can provide your community with the models, the projects, the people and the means to help you develop Zero Waste as your ultimate goal.

The Zero Waste International Alliance will:

• Initiate and facilitate research and information sharing for the promotion of Zero Waste

• Build capacity to effectively implement Zero Waste

• Set standards for the application of Zero Waste

The Zero Waste International Alliance operates at the international, national and local level and will involve all sectors of society.


About the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2016

In 2009 Maryland’s General Assembly passed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA). This groundbreaking law requires statewide, science-based reductions in the greenhouse gases (GHG) that are changing our climate and threatening our health. In order to achieve those reductions, this law also required the creation of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan lays out state actions to achieve the required 25% reduction in GHG from 2006 levels by 2020. The law, however, needed to be reauthorized in the 2016 legislative session.

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009 directed the state to reduce climate pollution by 25 percent by 2020, and led to the creation of Maryland’s wide-ranging Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, which includes more than 150 programs. Through the plan, Maryland committed to implement smart environmental and economic strategies, such as increasing clean energy use, helping customers save energy and money through Maryland’s EmPower program, and participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional program that reduces carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants.

A report in October 2015 the Maryland Department of the Environment detailed that the state is on track to meet its 25 percent by 2020 reduction goal while simultaneously supporting tens of thousands of new jobs. It estimates the benefit to the state’s economy of the current greenhouse gas reduction plan is between $2.5 billion and $3.5 billion by 2020 and helps create and maintain between 26,000 and 33,000 new jobs.

On April 4th, Governor Hogan signed the landmark Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2016 into law. The bill, SB 323/HB 610, renewed the 2009 Maryland law that sets a goal to reduce climate-polluting greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 25 percent by 2020. The 2016 bill also further extended the goal to a 40 percent reduction by 2030, requiring long-term cuts in pollution and positioning Maryland just behind California and New York for climate goals. The law is expected to help create and maintain tens of thousands of jobs and represents a balanced, science-based approach to reduce carbon pollution.