MACo January 2015 Winter Conference Session – Waste not, Want Not: The Promise and Challenge of Zero Waste

MACo’s January 2015 Winter Conference is rapidly approaching and will take place from January 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Maryland.  The theme of the conference is “The Road Ahead” and will focus on local government legislative priorities for the upcoming General Assembly Session, integrating newly elected officials, and building relationships with new legislators and the new Administration.

With the recent release of the State’s zero waste report, one panel will provide an overview of the benefits and challenges of implementing a zero waste policy.

Description: In Maryland, counties are responsible for residential recycling and have created strong recycling programs. However, the State is now considering adopting a “zero waste” policy, which has been defined as achieving an 80% recycling rate and 85% total waste diversion rate by 2040. Such a policy will have profound policy and budget implications not only for the counties but also municipalities, the private sector, and Maryland residents. Panelists will discuss the benefits and challenges Zero Waste presents to these different sectors.


  1. David A. Costello, Deputy Secretary for Policy and Planning, Maryland Department of the Environment
  2. Chaz Miller, Director of Policy/Advocacy, National Waste & Recycling Association
  3. Pete Bieniek, Chief, Solid Waste Division, Cecil County

Date & Time: Thursday, January 8, 2015; 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

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Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.