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Policy 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.

Background Information

State Maryland
Jurisdiction Name Prince George's County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • 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

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
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).

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 21-143.

Addresses implementation?
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).

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
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).

Requires extra 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.