Recycling Market Development

​During the 2021 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 164 or the Department of the Environment - Office of Recycling - Recycling Market law.

​The law Requires the Office of Recycling in the Department of the Environment to promote the development of markets for recycled materials and recycled products in the State. It also requires the Office to evaluate the availability of recycling markets and identify businesses in the State that use recycled materials.


Recycling Market Development - Workshop to be held on December 6, 2022 from 1-2:30 pm  
📣Signup to attend the workshop here - pre registration required!

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is hosting a workshop to discuss recycling market development in and around Maryland.

MDE's goal is to understand complexities relative to emerging markets on recyclables, furthering business development for recycling and recyclable products, and encouraging opportunities for innovation related​ to recycled materials. The Recycling Market Development law has no regulatory oversight and is focused on expanding markets and business in Maryland and its surrounding regions. 

Recycling Market Development law was adopted in the 2021 legislative session and calls upon MDE to collaboratively work with Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Environmental Services, Maryland Department of Commerce, Maryland Department of General Services and the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority to promote the development of markets for recycled materials and recycled products in the State. 

MDE is asking for YOU to join the conversation and help to catalyze the future of Maryland's Open for Recycling Business!

Be a part of our stakeholder groups.  Sign up​ for notifications on how to participate!  
HB 164 Fact Sheet 

Timeline for Implementation of 2021 House Bill 1​64 Provisions 


In 2022, MDE completed a variety of stakeholder meeting which addressed the provisions of the law and focused on promoting the development of markets for recycled materials and recycled products within the state.

A survey conducted to county recycling coordinators asked them to consider: materials have successful markets, what materials are difficult to find markets for, what types of support is desired from the state.

Materials that have successful markets included items such as:
  • ​Metal, Mixed Metal
  • Mixed paper and OCC
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Plastics (PET, HDPE): Colored & Natural

Materials difficult to find markets for included items such as:
  • ​Compressed gas cylinders
  • Glass
  • Mattresses
  • Food Residuals (pre- and post-consumer organics)
  • Plastics not including PET & HDPE
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Boat Shrink Wrap
  • Tires
  • Single Use, Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Textiles

Type of support desired from the state included:
  • ​Education and Outreach
  • Funding for equipment, land and personnel
  • Buyers for difficult markets
  • Transportation
Stakeholder Workshops


Recycling Education and Outreach Grant Program, Accepting applications until 1/16/2023

The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $30,000,000. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 25 assistance agreements under this funding opportunity, with at least one award per EPA Region. The minimum individual award floor is $250,000, and the maximum individual award ceiling is $2,000,000 for the grant period. This program is in alignment with the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative.

Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grant Program

The Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grant program is a new grant program authorized by the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act and funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides $275 million for Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grants to support Building a Better America. This is allocated as $55 million per year from Fiscal Years 2022 to 2026 to remain available until expended. EPA was provided an additional $2.5 million in Fiscal Year 2022 funding to implement the program. The Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling program provides grants to implement a strategy to improve post-consumer materials management and infrastructure; support improvements to local post-consumer materials management and recycling programs; and assist local waste management authorities in making improvements to local waste management systems.

The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund, submissions due 11/30/2022
The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund distributes recoverable and non-recoverable grants to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations across the food waste solution spectrum – from prevention to rescue to recycling – and will consider initiatives including, but not limited to, research, general operations, capacity-building, pilots, and convenings. Find out more:

US Department of Agriculture’s Solid Waste Management Grant Program, submissions due 12/31/2022
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Solid Waste Management (SWM) Grant Program has been established to assist communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Public bodies, nonprofits, Federally recognized tribes, and academic institutions within rural areas and towns with a population of 10,000 or less are eligible to receive SWM grant funds to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. Funds may be used to evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources, enhance operator skills in the operation and maintenance of active landfills, and help communities reduce the solid waste stream. The deadline for submissions is December 31. Find out more:

Google for Startups Accelerator: Circular Economy,  submissions due 11/30/2022
Google for Startups Accelerator: Circular Economy is a 10-week virtual accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups and non-profit organizations based in North America and Asia Pacific. The accelerator is designed to bring the best of Google's programs, products, people, network and technology to those working towards a waste-free world.  The deadline for submissions is November 30. Find out more:

Solutions for Recycling Markets

Contamination in the recycling stream has prompted major recycling trade restrictions, turning markets upside down and leading to growing piles of recyclables with nowhere to go but the landfill. To solve this problem, Maryland must find new end markets and reduce contamination in its recycling stream.

Research and Innovation

MDE is tasked with evaluating the local, national, and international markets for recycled materials and recycled products. We are working with the ​Northeast Maryland Waste Authority to update the website with the latest known information for recyclers in our region. If your business would like to be added, please let us know.

Want to learn more about recycling markets, programs and materials? Check out these links​:

Opportunities for Businesses in the State to Increase their use of Recycled Materials

Did you know that the Maryland Department of General Services, Green Purchasing Program has a list of environmentally preferable specifications? This list identifies products or services and specific materials that meet Maryland Green Purchasing Committee Approved Specifications. Why does this matter? When developing contracts and standards, procurement can identify products that improve our environment – they may be compostable, sustainable, and/or made with recycled content.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) Program. This is part of the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management initiative that promotes a system approach to reducing materials use, associated greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and other environmental impacts over the materials' entire life cycle.

The Maryland Department​​ of Public Safety & Correctional Services offers programs for partnerships and the production goods and/or services using inmate labor. Learn more about Maryland Correctional Enterprises and the Prison Industry Enhancement Program.

Marketing and Sustainability
Boost your eco-credentials by becoming a part of the Maryland Green Registry.  This voluntary program assists your business with free of charge information, technical assistance, and webinars to grow your greening efforts.

County Reuse Resources

Business Assistance

Recycling Permitting Assistance

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, emailing David Mrgich or Ed Dexter.  They may also be reached by phone at 410-537-3314 and 410-537-3315, respectively.

Composting facility permit information is available on the Organics Diversion and Composting web page or by emailing Tariq Masood 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 emailing Kaveh Hosseinzadeh​ or phone at 410-537-3315.

Business Startup Assistance

If you need assistance in starting a recycling business, please revie
w 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​.​


HB 164 Fact Sheet 

Timeline for Implementation of 2021 House Bill 164 Provisions​  

Contact Information​

For additional information or questions email Shannon McDonald or Tim Kerr or phone at 410-537-3314

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