DPW Announces Completion of the City’s Less Waste, Better Baltimore Plan

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Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Acting Director Matthew W. Garbark announced today the completion of the Less Waste, Better Baltimore Plan (LWBB), which outlines a clear and achievable vision for improving the City’s solid waste management and recycling operations.

“In this plan, DPW provides a solid roadmap for near- and long-term strategies to maximize waste reduction and diversion while meeting sustainable operational and financial conditions,” Acting Director Garbark said.

The Less Waste, Better Baltimore master planning effort has identified options for improving solid waste diversion, recycling, and disposal in Baltimore City, using the City-adopted Climate Action Plan and 2019 Baltimore Sustainability Plan as roadmaps.

The Less Waste, Better Baltimore operations plan provides a roadmap for:

  • Reducing food waste,
  • Increasing composting across the residential and commercial sectors,
  • Expanding access to recycling,
  • Maximizing reuse and diversion of construction waste,
  • Providing increased options for recycling and reuse of bulky waste items such as mattresses, carpets, and broken furniture, and
  • Upgrading the range of recycling services available at DPW’s residents’ drop-off convenience centers.

 DPW provides solid waste and recycling services to City residents, businesses, schools, and other entities, and manages over 200,000 tons of waste annually.

The Less Waste, Better Baltimore Plan is available on this website

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