The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) promotes and encourages waste diversion across the State of Maryland. Waste diversion combines both recycling and source reduction activities.
MDE works toward Maryland's waste diversion goals by partnering with Maryland's jurisdictions and the public and private sectors to develop markets for recyclable materials and by working with other State agencies to increase the volume of materials diverted from landfills.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a
safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription
drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for
abuse of medications. The web page also give the ability to search for year round pharmaceutical disposal locations.
Information on permits issued by
the Land and Materials, Air and Radiation, and Water and Science Administrations is available on the Environmental Permits and Approvals web
page. Depending on the activities conducted, a permit from one or more of these
administrations may be required for a facility that conducts recycling. If you
need assistance in determining which permits apply to a particular
recycling-related facility, contact Dave Mrgich by email or phone at 410-537-3314, or Ed Dexter
by email or phone at 410-537-3315.
Composting facility permit information is available on
the Organics Diversion and Composting web page or
by contacting Tariq Masood by email
or phone at 410‑537‑3314.
Natural wood waste recycling facility permit information is
available on the Solid Waste Management in Maryland web
page or by contacting Kaveh Hosseinzadeh by email or phone at 410-537-3315.
Business Startup Assistance
If you need assistance in starting a recycling business, please review the resources available on the Maryland Department of Commerce's Business Resources web page.
Maryland Business Express has information for small business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses.
A list on incentives relevant to organic materials management is available on Pages 24-25 and Appendix G (pages 269-292) in the Yard Waste, Food Residuals, and Other Organic Materials Diversion and Infrastructure Study Group Final Report.
For additional information or questions, contact the Waste Diversion Division by email or phone at 410-537-3314.
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230