DTMG has joined with our friends at the Sierra Club to support Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Products – Prohibition (HB109/SB285), a bill that would ban disposable single-use food containers made from expanded polystyrene (EPS), aka styrofoam, beginning in 2020.  Plastic pollution is overwhelming our oceans and EPS food containers are a major contributor.  It is nearly indestructible and not recyclable. To make it worse, EPS litter breaks into tiny pieces, absorbs toxic chemicals, and is mistaken for food by marine life, injuring and killing fish, seabirds, and marine mammals.

In addition to asking your own delegates or senator to support this bill, you can contact the Montgomery County members on the responsible committees to express your strong support for the bill. You can also contact the bill sponsors to express your support.

House: Bill sponsor: Del. Lierman; Committee: Environment and Transportation. In the

Senate: Bill sponsor, Sen. Kagan; Committee: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs 

Use our email/contact template here

Points to make:

  • At the current rate, within 30 years there will likely be more plastic than fish in the Earth’s seas. 
  • EPS is nearly indestructible and not recyclable. It breaks into tiny pieces, absorbs toxic chemicals, and is eaten by marine life, injuring and killing them.
  • Several counties and cities in Maryland, including Montgomery, have banned EPS food containers. The ban should be made statewide.

Use this link to write your Maryland legislators.

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Join with DTMG and local aid groups 
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Wednesday, January 23 is a Day of Action for Ranked Choice Voting all across Maryland. (more…)

Our friends at the Sierra Club have identified five priorities for the Maryland State Legislature.  You can learn more about their rationales and the bills proposed for each and access their letter-writing ap using the links below.  Pick the issues that interest you most and send a message, or better yet, send messages for all five!

  • Put Maryland on the path to 100% clean energy by 2040 
    At this critical moment, we need to dramatically expand clean energy, and turn away from the fossil fuels which are devastating our planet.  We are supporting the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), with strengthening amendments.  We also are supporting a companion bill to increase investment in clean energy through long-term contracts (LTC) for electricity. Clean Energy Fact Sheets 1 and 2 Here.
  • Protect Maryland’s Waterways From Fracked Gas Pipelines. – 
    We must ensure that that the Maryland Department of the Environment conducts full, independent reviews of proposed gas pipelines using its authority under the federal Clean Water Act. Fact Sheet Here.  
  • Move Maryland Beyond Coal – We must set a timeline for the transition away from Maryland’s remaining coal-fired power plants, and support impacted communities and workers.
  • Clean Transportation Yes, Widening Major Highways No –   Maryland must embark on creating a 21st century, climate-friendly, clean transportation sector; the Governor’s expensive proposal to widen the Capital Beltway, I-270, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway is antithetical to doing this. Fact Sheet Here.
  • Ban Single-Use Foam Food Containers – These containers are a major part of the worsening plastic pollution harming our streams and oceans, and are easily replaced by environmentally-friendly substitutes.  Fact Sheet Here.

Register for two important webinars, hosted by our friends at the Sierra Club of Maryland, addressing their priorities for the 2019 Maryland State Legislature session. The first, Pathways to Clean Energy on January 17, will present information on specific bills being supported to move Maryland toward increased reliance on clean energy.  The second, Highways Climate, and Air Pollution on January 24, features Delegate Vaughn Stewart (District 19) explaining an important environment bill he is sponsoring to require explicit measures of the climate impact of proposed large transportation project investments.

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