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Bottle bill would boost recycling in Maryland

Nearly 1 billion recyclable beverage containers will get trashed instead of recycled in Maryland this summer alone. Our low container recycling rate has serious consequences for public health, climate pollution and our quality of life.

Big Win for Plastic Bags

By | Brian Compere
Media Coordinator

The Prince George’s County Delegation of the Maryland House of Delegates voted 12-9 Friday to approve a recommendation to the full House to pass a bill that would implement a tax on the use of disposable plastic bags in retail stores.

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SGA Supports Plastic Bag Tax

The Student Government Association at UMD College Park voted in support of a disposable bag fee in Prince George's County! One step closer to reducing plastic bag use in our community. Check out the full article!

Petitions to Save the Chesapeake Bay

By | Sam Durdock
Chesapeake Bay Campaign Coordinator

Our latest tabling efforts garnered support for the Chesapeake Bay through signatures for a petition in support of smarter disposal of harmful runoff water that sends pollutants into the Bay. Over two days outside the STAMP Student Union last week, we were able to gather over 200 signatures for the petition.

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MaryPIRG Rallies for Plastic Bag Tax

By | Brian Compere
Media Coordinator

Check out our front page article in the Diamondback that ran yesterday!

http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/marypirg-rallies-for-plastic-bag-tax-1.2764197

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MaryPIRG Rallies for Plastic Bag Tax

On Thursday, MaryPIRG had it's first chapter meeting of the year. We heard from a guest speaker, Matt Dernoga, who works in Prine George's County Councilwoman Mary Lehman's office. Dernoga spoke about the upcoming legislation in the Maryland State Legislature that would allow Prince George's County to pass and implement a disposable bag fee on single-use plastic bags. Similar fees have been implemented in Washington D.C. and Montgomery County where, according to Dernoga, the results have been overwhelmingly positive. "D.C. has seen an 80% reduction in plastic bag use in the last two years since the fee was implemented. They have also raised $3.5 million for River and Bay cleanup efforts." Read the full story here!

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Don't Trash Maryland

We're working to build long-term support for a zero waste country by starting on campus and in our communities, putting the solutions in place and educating students about how we can reduce, reuse and recycle.

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