Community Shred Day at Knights of Columbus in Catonsville, MD

Join us for our first community shred day of the season! SATURDAY, April 11, 2015 10am – 12pm Hosted by: Knights of Columbus Patapsco Council 1960 Location: 1010 Frederick Rd. Catonsville, MD 21228 Paper: Watch your paper products shred through video monitors to ensure security. Data Storage Media: Hard drives, cd’s and other non-paper storage media can be turned in …

Former Gov of Maryland Orders Mandatory Increase of Recycling, Reuse, Waste Diversion

Recently, we reported on the lack of benchmarks relating to former Gov O’Malley’s plan for the state of Maryland to reach zero waste by 2040. We also noted that instead of taking measures to increase recycling and divert waste, Baltimore city is planning on expanding the Quarantine Road Landfill. This month, O’Malley issued an executive order to increase recycling, reuse, waste diversion, and composting …

Maryland Not on Track to Meet Zero Waste Goal

In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley charged the state of Maryland to develop a greenhouse reduction plan–a plan with the goal of accomplishing a 25% statewide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and zero waste by 2040, which, in reality, means diverting 85% of what gets buried in landfills now. In a recent article from the Baltimore sun David Costello, the deputy secretary of the environment …

Valerie Androutsopoulos Judges MDE’s Rethink Recycling Contest

For the second year in a row, Vangel Inc’s Valerie Androutsopoulos was a judge at the Maryland Department of the Environment’s “Rethink Recycling” contest. The grand prize winner was Michalea Ballistreri from C. Milton Wright High School in Harford County for her “Beautiful Bird,” created from soda cans, styrofoam, buttons and CD’s.   She received an iPad for her efforts. The following category winners each received a …

Why Maryland is a Leader in Sustainability

While Baltimore has not yet landed a spot in a “Most Sustainable Cities” article, Maryland is well on its way. Whether it’s new legislation, community organizations or ingenious ideas, Maryland is becoming known as a leader in sustainability. The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, Baltimore Green Works and The Inner Harbor Water Wheel are just a few ways Maryland is stepping up and planning for a …

Earth Day and Baltimore Green Week

Earth Day Founded by United States Senator, Gaylord Nelson, as an environmental teach-in, the first ever earth day was held April 22nd, 1970. As the beginning of both corporations and individuals becoming more environmentally conscious, this grass roots effort was the foundation for things like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species …

MDE Rethink Recycling Sculpture Competition 2013

Here are some great submissions from the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest. Here at the @mdenvironment Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest! https://t.co/JwWuN1t8vk — Vangel Inc. (@Vangelinc) November 22, 2013 Check out all these amazing submissions at the @mdenvironment Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest! https://t.co/tgj5cpveAa — Vangel Inc. (@Vangelinc) November 22, 2013 Some gifts for the judges at the …

MDE Celebrates America Recycles Day: Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest

Since 2001, The Maryland Department of the Environment has celebrated America Recycles Day annually by hosting the Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest. At this event, high school students across the state of Maryland can compete by creating sculptures using recycled and reusable materials. Although America Recycles Day is actually on November 15, the Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest will be held on …

How the Government Shutdown May Affect Recycling in DC

The Government Shutdown Poses Major Problems for the District’s Daily Operations As the government shutdown enters day 14, most zoos, museums, national parks and other various government venues have closed their doors, and while the daily operation of trash and recycling collection is still happening, DC is unique in the fact that it’s not allowed to spend local revenue without it …

Maryland Bottle Bill and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

Maryland’s “Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan,” drafted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and supported by Gov. Martin O’Malley, aims to accomplish a 25% statewide reduction in GHG emissions by the year 2020. To achieve this laudable and ambitious goal, the state is relying on significant increases in solid waste diversion, and increase in recycling and will be pushing …