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Jun 23, 2022

This Md. company wants to help you pack your lunch more sustainably

As a mother of four young children, Kirsten Quigley often found herself packing 20 school lunches a week — and, in doing so, using and throwing away dozens and dozens of single-use plastic baggies.    It was this weekly routine that made her aware of how much plastic is tossed into landfills each year — […]

Nov 18, 2015

QRS of Maryland opens recycling plant

QRS of Maryland LLC, a joint venture between QRS and Canuse-Hershman Recycling Center, celebrated the opening of a $15 million recycling facility in Dundalk. The state-of-the-art plant has $10 million in high-tech processing equipment and is expected to employ 60 full-time workers when operating at capacity. “Our newest Plastic Recovery Facility in Baltimore County provides […]

Jan 22, 2014

Tighter regulations sought on cash-for-phone kiosks

ANNAPOLIS — The premise seems simple: drop off an unwanted phone at a recycling kiosk, receive instant cash and keep precious metals out of landfills. Consumers and the environment both win. But, according to some politicians, so do phone thieves. This fear has led some Maryland lawmakers to push for tighter restrictions or even outright […]

May 10, 2013

BGE says Md. event recycled 400+ air conditioners

Baltimore Gas and Electric says customers recycled more than 400 room air conditioners through the company's recycling drop-off event last weekend.

Mar 25, 2013

House committee kills bottle fee bill

Legislation that would have imposed a refundable 5-cent fee on bottle and can purchases to encourage recycling was killed by a House of Delegates committee Monday.

Jan 14, 2013

Baltimore-area lawmakers propose bottle fee

A trio of Baltimore-area lawmakers on Monday unveiled a plan to charge a refundable fee on bottles and cans in an effort to increase recycling in Maryland.

Nov 19, 2012

Prince George’s Co. may make recycling mandatory

UPPER MARLBORO — Prince George’s County officials may institute mandatory recycling if the county doesn’t hit self-imposed goals to improve recycling rates. The Washington Examiner reports a plan going before the County Council on Tuesday would set goals for a countywide recycling rate of 45 percent by 2015, 55 percent by 2018 and 60 percent […]

Jul 26, 2012

Waste Management to cut 700 jobs, 2 percent of staff

HOUSTON — Waste Management Inc. said Thursday it will eliminate about 700 jobs, or 2 percent of its workforce, as part of a cost-cutting drive at the trash and recycling company. News of the job cuts, which will be spread across the U.S., comes as the company said it’s become more cautious about its financial […]

Feb 17, 2012

Marcellus gas production rises; so does recycling

PITTSBURGH — Production of Marcellus Shale natural gas in Pennsylvania rose again in the second half of 2011, slightly exceeding projections. The state reported Friday that drillers produced the equivalent of 1.66 billion cubic feet of gas per day from July to December. That’s up from about 1.19 billion cubic feet per day in the […]

Jan 24, 2012

Annapolis restaurant Harry Browne’s sends nothing to landfill

ANNAPOLIS — There’s no such thing as taking out the trash at Harry Browne’s. The restaurant has shifted operations so that the staff only knows of two bins — recycling and composting. The recycling — cardboard, glass, plastic — goes out weekly with the city’s collection. The rest — fish bones, leftover vegetables, potato skins […]

Jan 18, 2012

Light bulb recycler pleads guilty in Maryland mercury case

Maryland’s attorney general says his office is seeking prison time and significant fines for a fluorescent light bulb recycler who pleaded guilty to mercury handling violations. Doug Gansler announced Wednesday that 50-year-old Glen Wright Smith of Owings pleaded guilty to 10 felony counts. Smith is to be sentenced Feb. 29 in Anne Arundel County Circuit […]

Oct 21, 2011

Baltimore sanitation yard gets gussied up

This week, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Department of Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx for the re-opening of the Northwest Sanitation Yard – gussied up to become the new “Super Citizen Convenience Center.” The center, at 2824 Sisson St., offers what city officials call “easier access for residents to dispose of trash and recycling” […]

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