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

The project is currently in the Step 1. Information Gathering phase.


Online Survey is LIVE

Have any ideas about how to improve waste management in Baltimore? Any challenges you’re facing that you want the new plan to address? Share your thoughts by filling out the online survey today.

Take the survey!

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

We are holding a series of community meetings to gather input on current challenges and potential improvements from local residents, businesses, community groups, and other stakeholders. Come tell us what matters to you and help shape the City’s future!

Focus Group Meeting 1
Thursday, February 28 — 6:30pm-8:30pm
Edmondson-Westside High School
501 N. Athol Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229 [Get directions]

Focus Group Meeting 2
Monday, March 11 — 9:30am-12:00pm
Shake and Bake Family Fun Center
1601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 [Get directions]

Can’t attend one of these meetings? Make your voice heard by providing input through our online survey!

Tell Us What You Think

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