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The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) is sharing information and building relationships with Maryland stakeholders, leveraging more than two decades of work to accelerate the wasted food diversion marketplace throughout the Northeast US and beyond. The Maryland Department of the Environment is pursuing several legislative initiatives designed to increase the state’s capacity to address wasted food and CET is excited to support state leaders identify practical solutions.

To learn more about CET’s work in Maryland and to get involved, contact CET today at 888-813-8552 or e-mail wastedfood@cetonline.org.

Helpful Maryland Wasted Food Resources

  • Executive Order Resource Recovery Plan for Maryland
    • This plan, signed by Governor Hogan in 2017, adopts a sustainable materials management policy and stakeholder consultation process for Maryland to emphasize environmentally and economically sustainable methods of capture and reuse for various materials.
  • Maryland Department of Environment Food Scraps Management
    • This webpage describes strategies to address wasted food across the EPA food recovery hierarchy, provides examples of businesses with successful diversion programs, and lists service providers that can divert food material from Maryland businesses and institutions. This site also links to MDE’s Source Reduction and Organics Diversion and Composting webpages, which include legislative reports, best practices, and other resource regarding food scraps management.
  • Maryland Department of Environment Food Waste Minimization and Related Activities
    • This document provides a toolkit for Maryland schools on food donation, share tables, composting, and other strategies to recover wasted food.
  • Composting Facilities in Maryland
    • This spreadsheet, developed by MDE, lists the composting facilities in the state, including those that accept food scraps for processing.
  • Baltimore Food Waste and Recovery Strategy
    • In 2016, the Baltimore City Department of Planning’s Office of Sustainability (BOS) partnered with the Institute of Local Self-Reliance to create a Food Waste and Recovery strategy for the city. The strategy highlights relevant issues, difficult challenges and promising solutions within the categories of Food Waste Reduction & Recovery, Composting at Home & In The Community, Food Waste Management in K-12 Schools, and Creating Scalable Composting Infrastructure.
  • List of Maryland Food Banks and Pantries
  • Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
    • The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (Public Law 104-210) protects donors from liability when donating to nonprofit organizations and protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product, donated in good faith, later cause harm to the needy recipient

Maryland Legal/Regulatory Requirements

  • House Bill 171 – Organic Materials Diversion and Infrastructure
    • Signed in 2017, HB 171 Ch. 384 requires the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) “to study, review, explore, identify, and make recommendations regarding specified matters related to the diversion of yard waste, food residuals, and other organic materials from refuse disposal facilities; and to evaluate the status of infrastructure in the State.” The MDE released the HB 171 final report in July 2019, and includes recommendations to promote the diversion of yard trimmings, food residuals, and other organic materials in the state. The report includes 18 recommendations such as expanding liability protections, publishing permitting guidance for anaerobic digestion facilities, conducting education and outreach to reduce barriers to food donation, and creating a recognition program for businesses, schools, and farms that recover food.
  • House Bill 589- Solid Waste Management- Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion – Food Residuals
    • In 2020, Maryland proposed House Bill 589, which would require certain persons that generate a certain threshold of food residuals divert the material from a refuse disposal system. It also would require the Department of Environment to establish guidelines, resources, and identifying composting facilities in the state. The bill would begin January 1, 2021 and apply to persons that generate at least 2 tons of food residuals each week and located within a 30-mile radius of an organics recycling facility.


For more information regarding food waste estimates, source separation guidance, and how to start a food donation program, open CET’s Toolbox.


Contact CET to learn more about food recovery and waste diversion opportunities for your business, institution, customers, or association members: