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 …

The Waste to Energy Controversy

Waste-to-Energy Fueled by Government The US throws out 250 million tons of garbage per year. Roughly a third is recycled, and the rest is sent to landfills. In Alexandria, VA, about 10 miles away from Washington, D.C., there is Covanta Energy’s resource recovery facility where congress sends it’s trash and converts waste-to-energy which powers about 20,000 homes. The fact that …