An apartment building or condominium containing more than 10 dwellings will be required to offer recycling in Maryland after the state’s governor signed a bill.
Earlier this month, Senate Bill 208 was passed by both chambers of the state’s legislature and Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the legislation on May 2. The facilities must begin to offer recycling by Oct. 1, 2014, according to the law.
Stephen Lafferty, D-Baltimore County, who sponsored the bill in the House of Delegates, said he was pleased it passed.
“As the number of renters increases, we want to provide more opportunities for them to participate in recycling,” he said in a statement on his website. “We cannot continue to add to our landfills but must support recycling.”
The Aluminum Association applauded the measure.
“Recycling is the easiest way for everyone to ‘go green’ in their daily lives and we applaud those involved in the passage of this law,” said Heidi Brock, president of the Aluminum Association, in a statement. “Access to recycling in multifamily units has been a regular challenge for recycling experts; this law will certainly increase the recycling rate and the long-term sustainability of Maryland.”
“As the number of renters increases, we want to provide more opportunities for them to participate in recycling,” says bill sponsor Stephen Lafferty, D-Baltimore County, “We cannot continue to add to our landfills but must support recycling.”
The law mimics one passed in California late last year, which now requires complexes of five units or more to offer paper, plastic, can and bottle recycling to tenets. Similar laws were vetoed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in previous years.
Source- Waste 360 & Waste and Recycling News
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