Hogan says no to Zero Waste goals in Maryland

Maryland has been struggling with waste over the years and the problem has been progressing. Maryland residents were looking forward to a zero waste plans set in place by Governer O’Malley prior to leaving office.

However, things soon changed in late June when the new Governor Hogan took over. O’Malleys plan was to shed some light on the huge overflowing trash problem that Baltimore and most other highly populated cities in Maryland face today. Maryland residents are throwing away more wastes than any other state and its becoming a huge concern.

O’Malley’s proposition was to prohibit construction of new landfills and to have a diversion rate of 85% at an estimated rate of 20 years from now. His plan was also to implement a recycling rate of 65% in the next 3 years.

His plan would have also helped reduce the cost taxpayers spend on trash, significantly reduce litter, and save energy. Once Hogan was in office he completely repealed O’Malleys executive order for Zero Waste in Maryland.  His reasons were that he felt O’Malleys order would cause issues for state local authorities removing them from self-governing practices.

Although Hogan claims his repeal does not affect the majority of the state’s effort to implement Zero Waste plans, Baltimore being Maryland’s most highly populated city would have benefited tremendously with these Zero Waste practices.

Hogan claimed that the state will continue Zero Waste practices to reduce wastes where it can but so far Hogan has yet to deliver. There have been no plans released from Hogan’s behalf on how he plans to implement Zero Waste practices.

He is not meeting the needs Baltimore and surrounding cities need for waste removal practices. Maryland is now on a steady path to reaching its limit capacity it has ever seen in 30 years putting Maryland residents at risk.

Landfills and incinerating facilities are very expensive. Recycling is the best inexpensive alternative a city can implement. Cities that have high recycling rates are more likely to become more sustainable and become more valuable. This results in statewide economic gains.

It is not sure who Hogan consulted with for his decision on repealing O’Malleys order, this decision was obviously not in the state’s best interest in terms of waste reduction. However, there is talk about government officials planning on carrying out O’Malley’s orders and expectations for zero waste practices in Maryland.