Don't Trash Maryland



Our neighborhoods and waterways are littered with bottles and cans and at the same time our recycling rate is less than the national average. Marylanders throw away 3 billion recyclable beverage containers a year! We’re working to pass a 5-cent redeemable deposit on beverage containers to increase recycling and reduce litter.


The bottle bill is one of the nation’s most successful recycling programs. The ten states with Bottle Bills have an average container recycling rate of 60% and have seen serious reductions in litter.


By uniting the public, and putting our experts and advocates in the hearing rooms and offices where key decisions are being made, we can pass a Bottle Bill in Maryland. With your support we can pas this common sense law to increase recycling, reduce waste, and prevent litter.

Issue updates

Media Hit | Sustainability, Waste

Bottle bill would boost recycling in Maryland

Nearly 1 billion recyclable beverage containers will get trashed instead of recycled in Maryland this summer alone. Our low container recycling rate has serious consequences for public health, climate pollution and our quality of life.

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Blog Post | Oceans, Sustainability, Waste

Big Win for Plastic Bags | Brian Compere

Big Progress for Bag Tax in PG County!

Plastic Bags Campaign Coordinator James Jalandoni announced a big victory from the campaign Friday.

The Prince George’s County Delegation of the Maryland House of Delegates voted 12-9 Friday to approve a recommendation to the full House to pass a bill that would implement a tax on the use of disposable plastic bags in retail stores.

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SGA Supports Plastic Bag Tax

The Student Government Association at UMD College Park voted in support of a disposable bag fee in Prince George's County! One step closer to reducing plastic bag use in our community. Check out the full article!

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Blog Post | Oceans, Sustainability, Waste, Water

Petitions to Save the Chesapeake Bay | Sam Durdock

Help Save the Chesapeake Bay!

MaryPIRG’s latest tabling efforts garnered support for the Chesapeake Bay through signatures for a petition in support of smarter disposal of harmful runoff water that sends pollutants into the Bay. Over two days outside the STAMP Student Union last week, we were able to gather over 200 signatures for the petition.

According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay watershed encompasses six states and is the largest estuary in North America and the third largest in the world. 

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Blog Post | Oceans, Sustainability, Waste

MaryPIRG Rallies for Plastic Bag Tax | Brian Compere

Good press is essential to any grassroots campaign, and we made progress on that front this week with a front page article in The Diamondback, the university’s independent student newspaper.

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