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Havre de Grace Green Team Zero Waste Initiative

The Zero Waste initiative of the Havre de Grace Green Team is focused on educating the public about the impact that each of us has on our environment through our actions. We promote recycling, reuse, and reduction/elimination of landfill bound items through education and outreach. Working together, it is our belief that each of us can adopt habits which can help to protect our environment for future generations!

If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned, or removed from production
—Pete Seeger

Recycling

According to the EPA, up to 75 percent of discarded waste worldwide can be recycled. In the United States, the recycling rate is approximately 35 percent. Locally, participation is lower than 35 percent.

There are many barriers to recycling, perhaps the greatest of which is that the process can be confusing. What goes in the bin? Here in Havre de Grace, we have single stream recycling curbside through Harford County. Information on what can be recycled curbside is available at https://www.harfordcountymd.gov/299/Single-Stream-Recycling.

Plastic Wrap Recycling

Curbside recycling should always be placed loose in the receptacle. Plastic bags and wraps are not eligible for recycling with your home pickup due to the inability of many recycling facilities to manage them with existing equipment. The positive news is that plastic bags and wraps can still be easily recycled at your local grocery retailer, or even at Havre de Grace City Hall.

One way to make a big difference in how much plastic waste generated is to switch from single use plastic bags to canvas or fabric totes. Remember to bring your bags along on your next shopping stop.

Textile Recycling

In 2017, an estimated 16.9 Million tons of textiles were discarded into municipal solid waste. Many of these items can avoid the landfill through donation or textile recycling. (source: epa.gov)

The Harford Waste Disposal Center accepts textiles free of charge year-round for recycling.

Food and Waste Composting

Food waste is the single largest component going into municipal landfills, and once there it rapidly generates harmful methane. (Source: USDA). Composting has multiple benefits including reduction of methane emissions and enriching soil. Learn about composting and how you can get started at home.

Coming soon!

The Havre de Grace Green Team, in partnership with the City of Havre de Grace, are in the planning stages of a community drop off area where you can dispose of food waste which will then be turned to compost. Stay tuned for updates as our project continues to take shape!  We currently anticipate a late Spring, 2020 launch.

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