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Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Author: Emily Scarr

Maryland PIRG State Director

(410) 467-9389

Started on staff: 2005
B.A., Vassar College

Emily directs strategy, organizational development, research, communications and legislative advocacy for Maryland PIRG. Recently, Emily helped win small donor public financing in Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince George's County, and Baltimore City; the Family and Firefighter Protection Act to ban flame retardants in children's products, furniture and mattresses; and, the Maryland Keep Antibiotics Effective Act to protect public health by restricting the use of antibiotics on Maryland farms. Emily serves on the Executive Committees of the Maryland Fair Elections Coalition, the Maryland Campaign to Keep Antibiotics Working, and the Maryland Tobacco Free Kids Coalition. She also serves on the Steering Committees for the Maryland Pesticide Action Network and Marylanders for Open Government. Emily lives in Baltimore with her husband, children, and dog.

Here is the testimony from our Maryland PIRG Students Board of Directors: Rob Swam (Bel Air, MD), Grace Davis (Bel Air, MD), Demi Riley (Forest Hill, MD), Aaron Aber (College Park, MD), Morgan Folger (College Park, MD)

 

Position: Favorable

Maryland PIRG Student supports the “Maryland Redeemable Beverage Container and Litter Reduction Program” (HB 982). Maryland PIRG Student Chapters is a statewide, student directed, student funded public interest advocacy organization. 

We’ve been working at the University of Maryland College Park to educate our peers and build support for a bottle deposit as a means to address litter on campus and in the community.

We’ve hosted bi-annual campus cleanups of the Point Branch Stream in College Park to clean up litter. We then sort and count the bottles we collect. Bottle litter makes up the vast majority of litter, and we have collected more than 3,500 bottles and cans to be recycled.

After our first event, it felt good to help clean up campus, but after we held another few cleanups with the same results, we got frustrated. Why should we have to spend so much effort cleaning up bottle litter that could be avoided?

We support the bottle bill because it is proven effective to reduce litter. 150 volunteers have participated in these cleanups from a variety or student groups including Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Sigma Pi, Delta Sigma Theta, ENST Restore, Beta Psi Omega, and UMD Club Fencing.

In addition

to cleanups, we have hosted educational film screenings and collected petitions in support of the program. We have collected more than 3,000 petitions from students to legislators, most of which we delivered on Monday, March 2, along with 7,000 petitions collected from our Maryland PIRG Citizen Lobby.

By bringing a bottle deposit program to Maryland we can incentivize recycling, triple our container recycling rate, and drastically reduce litter.
Maryland PIRG Students encourage you to support HB 982.

Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Author: Emily Scarr

Maryland PIRG State Director

(410) 467-9389

Started on staff: 2005
B.A., Vassar College

Emily directs strategy, organizational development, research, communications and legislative advocacy for Maryland PIRG. Recently, Emily helped win small donor public financing in Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince George's County, and Baltimore City; the Family and Firefighter Protection Act to ban flame retardants in children's products, furniture and mattresses; and, the Maryland Keep Antibiotics Effective Act to protect public health by restricting the use of antibiotics on Maryland farms. Emily serves on the Executive Committees of the Maryland Fair Elections Coalition, the Maryland Campaign to Keep Antibiotics Working, and the Maryland Tobacco Free Kids Coalition. She also serves on the Steering Committees for the Maryland Pesticide Action Network and Marylanders for Open Government. Emily lives in Baltimore with her husband, children, and dog.