Less Waste, Better Baltimore

Less Waste Better Baltimore: Rethinking Our Waste Management Future

Baltimore City is currently conducting a master planning effort to identify options for improving solid waste diversion, recycling, and disposal in the City. We are committed to developing a master plan (the "Less Waste, Better Baltimore" plan) that outlines a clear and realistic future vision for improving the City’s solid waste recycling program and operations, over both the near- and long-term, with the goal of maximizing waste reduction, reuse/repair, recycling, and sustainable management of materials through 2040 and beyond.

image illustrating the 3 steps in the master planning process: information gathering, analysis, and plan development

Latest Updates

Information Gathering Meetings Held

We had a great turnout at both of our initial community meetings! Those who participated provided excellent input about the challenges to reducing Baltimore’s solid waste as well as new ideas for the solid waste management and diversion options we should consider in the study.


Waste Characterization Study Underway

The project team is in the process of conducting the first phase of a citywide waste sort to gather information on the mix of materials sent through our waste management system. This will help us understand how much of our waste stream may be recyclable. Check back soon for the results!

Attend a Meeting

Thanks to those of you who attended our two community meetings. Stay tuned for the dates and locations of our second two meetings (tentatively scheduled for May 2019), which will focus on gathering your feedback on the initial study findings.

Tell Us What You Think

Please contact us for any questions or feedback via submitting form or email us at  [email protected]