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Prince George’s Cnty., Md., Code of Ordinances § 21-142(i) (current through Sept. 26, 2019)
Brief Summary
This provision directs the Director of the Department of the Environment to establish a food composting pilot program and to evaluate the program for county-wide expansion.
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Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Limited scope. This specific provision is directed only at the Director [of the Department of the Environment] and requires the Director to implement a pilot food composting program; an intention to expand the program is also stated. § 21-142(i).
Food System Category: Surplus/Waste
State: Maryland
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Prince George's County
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Unclear. Although "intent" or "purpose" is not used in the following statement, § 21-142(d) states "[t]he goals of the Countywide voluntary recycling program [of which the pilot food composting program is a part] established in this Division are to achieve a recycling rate in the County waste stream of at least forty-five percent (45%) by July 1, 2015; at least fifty-five percent (55%) by July 1, 2018; at least sixty (60%) by July 1, 2020." § 21-42(d).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 21-143.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. "The Director [of the Department of the Environment] shall implement a pilot food composting program in the County by July 1, 2014 and shall evaluate the food composting program for expansion on a County-wide basis by December 31, 2015." § 21-142(i).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Yes. The Director shall evaluate the food composting program for expansion on a County-wide basis by December 31, 2015, § 21-142(i); and conduct a waste stream analysis of the waste stream to evaluate compliance with the requirements of this subdivision every two (2) years, § 21-142(j). These requirements include "achiev[ing] a recycling rate in the County waste stream of at least forty-five percent (45%) by July 1, 2015; at least fifty-five percent (55%) by July 1, 2018; at least sixty (60%) by July 1, 2020. If the goals of the Countywide voluntary recycling program ...have not been met, the Director shall develop a Countywide mandatory recycling program, including mandatory source separation, or propose additional policy changes for consideration by the County Council and the Solid Waste, Resource Management and Recycling Advisory Commission." § 21-142(d)-(e).
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
Unclear. This law creates a program that provides a temporary service with the stated intention for future expansion and no termination date. § 21-142(i).
Code context and ordinance history
This policy is located in Prince George's County Code of Ordinances, Subtitle 21. Refuse, Division 4. Solid Waste Recycling, Subdivision 1. County Program. History: CB-58-1989; CB-87-2012; CB-30-2014, CB-12-2018.