New legislation for source reduction, effective implementation of current policies, and sufficient funding for waste management programs are all a part of creating lasting change at the local, state, and federal levels. One of the keys for effective advocacy is to have strong regional partnerships, which is why we have developed a policy working group to develop recommendations and collaborate on potential advocacy activities.


  • 2011 – Montgomery county, MD passes legislation enabling a five-cent fee on plastic and paper bags.
  • 2010 – Policy Working Group recommends five policies to focus on for litter reduction.
  • 2009 – Policy working group established.
  • 2009 – Anacostia Cleanup and Protection act passes which requires a five cent fee to be charged for disposable paper and plastic bags.