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Maryland must not abandon zero-waste efforts

Gov. Larry Hogan is moving in the wrong direction on the issue of solid waste ("Hogan cancels O'Malley-era 'zero waste' plan,” June 27) by lifting the moratorium on new landfill sites and by canceling Maryland’s already compromised and modest zero waste goals. How do I know? I am the owner of a two-year-old zero-waste small business based in Baltimore's weekend farmers markets. My hundreds of customers — new customers and those returning repeatedly for refills — are very very happy to have a chance to not create trash when purchasing products.

Like my customers, I suspect other Marylanders know that we desperately need cleaner air, cleaner land (no communities, especially economically disadvantaged areas, desire the pollution that comes with a landfill) and, yes, cleaner waterways. After all, we are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Economic and ecological health can be complementary. Whether or not Governor Hogan wishes to lead on this issue, in Maryland, we are moving to zero waste, step by step. It's a common sense gift for future generations.

Diane Wittner, Baltimore

The writer is owner of Echotopia LLC, a maker of zero-waste cleaning products.

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