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Maryland signs recycling bill

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a measure that will increase access to recycling in multifamily dwellings. Under Maryland law, an apartment building or condominium containing more than 10 dwellings is required to have recycling available to residents.

The measure was introduced in the House of Delegates by Delegate Stephen W. Lafferty; the Senate companion bill (S 308) was introduced by State Senator Paul G. Pinsky.

Increasing recycling access to individuals living in multifamily units directly impacts the recycling rate. In 2010, 58.1 percent of aluminum cans were recycled, the highest recycling rate of any beverage packaging.