Recycling Legislation in Maryland
During the 2014 Regular Session, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a new provision requiring event organizers to provide recycling at any special event that:
The new state law takes effect on October 1, 2015. A complete reading of the law’s text can be found by online by searching for the MD Annotated Code, Environment Section 9-1712.
Responsibilities of Event Organizers
In addition to other conditions required as part of a special events or other permit, organizers need to:
Which Materials Must be Recycled?
You must provide for recycling of at least plastic, metal and glass containers, as well as paper. (Please note: paper plates and napkins are NOT recyclable.) If serving food at the event, you must assess the availability of recycling service (composting) for food waste and if available, provide it. Food waste must be sent to an acceptance facility that is permitted or approved by the appropriate regulatory agency.
Steps to Follow
First, check out our "MD Law fact sheet and event recycling checklist". Then, follow these three steps:
1. Set Up the Service
Special events organizers may fulfill the state requirement and ensure that materials are collected and delivered for recycling through one or more of the following methods:
2. Implement and Monitor Recycling
Event organizers must determine what size and how many recycling containers are needed. Remember that you may be able to downsize your trash collection containers in response to the availability of recycling. Organizers should oversee placement and labeling of all recycling containers. During the event, organizers should monitor the performance of any recycling contractor involved to ensure compliance with the recycling plan.
3. Educate Participants
To ensure success, make sure event attendees know what is recyclable and what should be disposed as waste. Flyers, templates for adhesive labels and printable poster files are available for no charge on the County website:
Available Resources and Recommended Links
For additional information or assistance, please contact the Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Management by calling 301-600-2960 or by sending an email.