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Right now, nearly 3.5 million tons of Maryland's municipal waste is being disposed of in landfills each year. This resource must be converted into an essential commodity, energy, and not wasted via environmentally destructive disposal. With this new law, we are on track to establish meaningful policies that will bring Maryland more in line with successful policies in Europe that promote both recycling and waste-to-energy, while minimizing the use of landfills. This important legislation recognizes that waste-to-energy reduces net greenhouse gas emissions and that waste-to-energy facilities exceed compliance with the most stringent state and federal emissions regulations.
We must continue to put policies in place to harness all renewable energy sources if we are to create market opportunities that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Maryland is now poised to lead the way in the generation of clean, renewable energy from waste.