Maryland Gov. Hogan cancels previous administration’s ‘zero waste’ plan

Dive Brief:

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ended “zero waste” guidelines set by his predecessor, Martin O’Malley. Speaking at a Maryland Municipal League meeting, as reported by The Baltimore Sun, Hogan said the rules “usurped local authority” and “created overflowing landfills and unnecessary hardships for local governments.”
  • O’Malley issued the executive order shortly before leaving office in January 2015. The order set a statewide diversion goal of 85% by 2040 and directed the Department of the Environment to stop issuing permits for new landfill capacity, among other requirements.
  • In repealing the “burdensome regulation,” Hogan said the state would focus on more “achievable” recycling goals. Maryland’s secretary of the environment told the Sun that the state will remain focused on reduction, reuse and recycling, but no new rule will be issued.

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