The Maryland General Assembly recently finalized passage of organics recycling legislation (HB 264), an effort that was years in the making. The policy requires covered entities generating at least two tons of organic waste per week to arrange for disposal alternatives – such as reduction, donation, animal feed, composting or anaerobic digestion – by January 2023. The threshold expands to generators of one ton per week in 2024. The requirement only applies if a processor within 30 miles can accept all of the generator’s material. Maryland’s Department of Environment (MDE) previously estimated many generators may be exempt, given relatively limited organics management infrastructure. Waivers also will be available if service costs 10% more than disposal. More >>