2013 Summer Conference Session – Don’t Throw That Out! Moving to Zero Waste in Maryland?

Description: Under a “zero waste” policy, the amount of solid waste going into a landfill is largely reduced or eliminated. The remainder of the waste is recycled, reused, or disposed of by other means such as composting or anaerobic digestion. Such a policy would have significant policy and infrastructure considerations for county governments. The General Assembly considered a zero waste mandate during the 2013 Session and it will likely be a key issue in the 2014 Session. Panelists will explain the theory and potential benefits behind the zero waste philosophy, the policy challenges and costs of implementing a zero waste policy, and the need for coordination from key public and private stakeholders.


  1. Robert M. Summers, Ph.D., Maryland Secretary of the Environment
  2. Julie Lawson, Director, Trash Free Maryland Alliance
  3. Jim Marcinko, Areas Operations Director for Recycling and Waste Diversion, Waste Management, Inc.

Date & Time: Friday, August 16, 2013; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

MACo’s 2013 Summer Conference will be held from August 14 – 17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland.

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