10-Year Solid Waste Management Plan
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Baltimore City 10-Year Solid Waste Plan
The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) is updating the City’s 10-Year Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) and is seeking input from residents and other stakeholders – including environmental advocates; representatives from city businesses, schools, and hospitals; and those who live and work in the City. The State of Maryland requires Baltimore City to adopt and maintain a comprehensive solid waste management plan that covers at least the subsequent 10-year period. The 10-year Solid Waste Plan must be both approved by MDE and adopted by the Baltimore City Council.
The current 10-year Solid Waste Plan was adopted by the City Council on December 2, 2013, and approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on March 3, 2014. Since the current SWMP’s adoption and approval in 2013, the City has reviewed the SWMP and made the required revisions.
What’s in the 10-Year Solid Waste Plan
The plan identifies the goals for managing the City’s solid waste stream, assesses the existing solid waste collection systems (public and private), current and future disposal capacity needs, and how reuse, recycling, and composting from residential, institutional, and commercial sources are to be implemented.
Review and Update Process
Baltimore City is now working with Geosyntec Consultants to review and update its 10-Year Solid Waste Plan comprehensively. The review and updates will include the following:
- City of Baltimore’s solid waste management and the impact of federal, state, and local regulations.
- Regional setting, population projections, and the current requirements and policies for the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
- Policies and programs related to the Baltimore City’s Office of Sustainability’s 2019 Baltimore Sustainability Plan and the 2018 Baltimore Food Waste Recovery Strategy.
- Current solid waste management activities and waste stream analysis.
- Information regarding the adequacy of the existing, planned, and alternative solid waste management facilities and programs.
- The City’s existing solid waste management systems and a plan of action to sustain the system into the future as presented in the current plan and the Less Waste Better Baltimore Plan.
Community input is an integral part of this plan’s update. From February to April 2023, DPW will host three virtual public meetings and two in-person town halls to gather feedback on the plan as it is updated. The community meetings will present an overview of plan drafts at the 60%, 90%, and 99% benchmarks. Plan drafts will be released for a two-week public comment period before each public meeting. Residents and stakeholders who cannot attend meetings are still encouraged to provide comments, and all meetings will be recorded and made available to the public.
Residents and stakeholders who cannot attend meetings are still encouraged to provide comments, and all meetings will be recorded and made available to the public. Meeting dates and times are listed below.
Meeting dates and times are listed below. Updates including meeting reminders with links and instructions to join, draft releases, and more will be posted to this website. You may also email Solid Waste Plan email with specific questions or concerns.
|2/22/2023||6:00-7:30 pm||60% Draft Public Review Meeting- virtual||register here|
|3/13/2023||2:00-3:30 pm||90% Draft Public Review Meeting- virtual||register here|
|3/27/2023||6:00-7:30 pm||99% Draft Public Review Meeting- virtual||register here|
Final Draft Public Meeting 1- in person & virtual
Enoch Pratt Free Library | 3601 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD 21224
|VIRTUAL- register here
IN-PERSON- register here
|4/24/2023||6:00-7:30 pm||Final Draft Public Meeting 2- in person & virtual
Arlington Elementary School | 3705 W. Rogers Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215
|Virtual - Register Here
In-Person - Register Here
The Solid Waste Plan Update is currently at a 99% draft stage, meaning the majority of content in chapters 1-5 is included. Most updates made since the 90% draft fall in chapter 5. Highlighted text indicates that it will be updated in upcoming drafts. You can review and add comments directly to the draft here.
Or, if you prefer, you can download the draft and email your comments to Solid Waste Plan Email or mail your comment to:
Solid Waste Management Plan
200 Holliday St. 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
December 29th, 2022: 10- year Solid Waste Management Plan: Introduction & Overview
February 6th, 2023: Baltimore City Residents Invited to Public Meetings to Gather Feedback on Development of 10-Year Solid Waste Management Plan
February 28th, 2023: Stakeholders Invited to Provide Comment on the 90% Solid Waste Management Plan
2/22/23 60% Draft Public Review Meeting:
Slide Deck (PDF)
3/13/23 90% Draft Public Meeting:
Recording (coming soon)
Slide Deck (PDF)
DPW is taking the following steps to make engagement in the Solid Waste Management Planning Process accessible to stakeholders with limited English:
- Collaborating with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to distribute marketing materials translated into Baltimore City’s top five languages: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Korean and French.
- Providing interpretation at Solid Waste Management Plan Draft Public Reiew Meetings for individuals who indicate a need in their registration at least one week before the meeting date.
- If a registrant indicates a need less than one week before the meeting date, DPW cannot guarantee interpretation because of the time it takes to hire interpreters.
- Translating Materials:
Find frequently asked questions (FAQs) and responses to common comments on the FAQ Page