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 ends on September 18, 2019. 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

Comprehensive Existing System Description Completed

As part of the master planning effort, the project team has completed a comprehensive description of the existing waste and recycling streams in the City and the systems for processing and managing these streams.

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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.


Waste Characterization Study Underway

The project team is in the process of conducting 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.

View the results from the study's first phase

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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