Waste Reduction Stories

Glass bottles are seen in a recycling bin at a transfer station.

Montgomery County continues to recycle glass bottles and jars

Montgomery County has been recycling glass bottles and jars for decades. In fact, glass bottles and jars are one of the many types of materials that are required to be recycled in the County. All single-family residents, multi-family properties (apartments and condominiums) and all businesses, organizations and government facilities are required to recycle glass. Recently,
SERT Presentation

Promoting energy conservation and recycling at MCPS

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability that spans more than 40 years. Economic, social, and environmental considerations have been integrated into all of their decisions to provide healthy, safe, and sustainable learning and working environments for Montgomery County’s students, staff, and communities. MCPS’ School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT)

How to recycle clothes, shoes, and other textiles

Winter is coming….and that means pulling out your cold weather clothes from under the bed or the back of your closet.  As you decide what to keep or throw in your wardrobe, we recommend not just disposing your old clothes into the trash.  There are other things you can do with your textiles that will

Plastic Bags: Do’s and Don’ts

Single use plastic bags can impact streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, and forests and the wildlife that inhabit them. To reduce the impacts of plastic bags, follow the three R’s: Reduce the Use of Plastic Bags To reduce plastic bag consumption – always remember to bring your reusable bag when shopping. As an added benefit, you
UpRooted Dance in action

The Legacy Project: Our lives of consumption and waste

This short film documents some of the behind the scenes process of UpRooted Dance’s “The Legacy Project- Our Lives of Consumption and Waste.” The project was initially presented at the Montgomery County GreenFest on May 5th, 2018 in Silver Spring MD at the Jesup Blair Local Park. UpRooted Dance is seeking more opportunities and spaces

Update: The domestic plastic recyclables market

We understand that you have questions about how plastic recyclables are impacted by changes in the commodities markets. Recent import restrictions imposed by China resulted in a dramatic decrease of prices for commodities, but the domestic plastic market remains strong. Montgomery County’s plastics are sold on the domestic recycling market to a variety of vendors.

Sustainability is not an “add-on” at CNSI

For CNSI, a Rockville-based health information technology company, environmental sustainability is central to its corporate culture and work ethic. Importantly, their Green Business Certification is not viewed as a distinct add-on to the company’s strategic objectives. Rather, their environmental efforts are rooted in an integrated corporate social responsibility (CSR) framework which focuses on doing the

Dawson’s Market bans plastic straws

On Thursday, June 21, Dawson’s Market took another step in their commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship by banning the use of single-use plastic straws in store. Single-use plastic straws are one of the most pervasive forms of plastic waste, and incredibly destructive to our oceans and environment. Too many end up in our oceans. Dawson’s