Less Waste, Better Baltimore

Less Waste Better Baltimore: Rethinking Our Waste Management Future

The public comment period for the Less Waste, Better Baltimore master planning project is now over. Please check back for future updates on the project and be sure to submit your email address if you would like to receive updates directly.

Latest Updates

Benchmarking Study Completed

The project team has completed a benchmarking study comparing the solid waste management and recycling systems and services in Baltimore City with those in five other U.S. jurisdictions that have either enacted, or are in the process of enacting, meaningful improvements to their waste disposal and recycling rates. Check out the monthly update for more details.

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Waste Sort Results Now Available

To help inform the development of the Less Waste, Better Baltimore plan, the project team needs reliable and up-to-date data on waste and recycling characteristics and quantities generated in Baltimore City. For this, a two-season (winter and summer) waste and recycling sort was conducted. Results from both waste and recycling sorts are now available. Check out the monthly update for more details.


Survey Results Now Available

More than 2,000 people participated in the Less Waste, Better Baltimore survey! Check out the monthly update or the graphical summary for more details.

Community Meetings

Thanks to all who attended the four community meetings. If you missed them, check out the archived resources below.

Community Meetings 3&4

Community Meeting #3
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Mergenthaler High School
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Community Meeting #4
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Enoch Pratt Library – Southeast Anchor
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Community Meetings 1&2

Community Meeting #1
February 28, 2019
Edmondson-Westside High School
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Community Meeting #2
March 11, 2019
Shake and Bake Family Fun Center
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About the Plan

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.

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

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