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1. Provide free 65-gallon recycle carts to every household. Provide free 32, 65 or 96 gallon organics carts to
every household. Allow households to share containers where there are space constraints.
2. Expand surplus food recovery organizations to reduce food waste and distribute to food deserts in the
3. Provide outreach materials and education to all households on a consistent basis.
4. Develop requirements for recycling and organics services to be implemented by all businesses and
institutions In Baltimore. Include mandates for local, non-profit, mission-based and worker-owned operators
in reuse, recycling and composting contracts.
5. Prohibit commercially generated food waste from being disposed of in trash dumpsters citywide.
6. Collect Fall leaves separately from trash and mulch them at Camp Small or another facility.
7. Provide free backyard/home composting bins to Baltimore residents.
8. Provide funding for community gardens and farms to support a distributed community composting
9. Hire a full-time staff person to advance diverse composting infrastructure.
1. Build on rollout of expanded collections by adopting metered collection service (Save as You Throw).
Adopt metered collection service in rolling carts for single family (32 or 65 gallons for recycling, 32, 65 or 96
gallons for organics, and 32 gallons for non-recyclable base services in property taxes; additional services for
a fee). Once metered service is implemented, include garbage service as a line item on property tax bill or as
a separate bill (to provide a signal that garbage service is not free). Once the billing system is working
smoothly, create an incentive for single-family and multi-family residents to save money on their garbage bill
if they reduce wasting and increase recycling through “Save-as-You-Throw” rates.
2. Require recycling and organics collection services for all commercial buildings. Phase in requirements
based on the size of building or business (starting with the largest businesses and institutions) to achieve no
recyclable or organic materials in trash and no trash in recycling. Require permitted haulers to provide (or
provide for) recycling collection for all their customers. Phase in based on customer size and type.
3. Provide recycling dumpsters for all public housing.
Baltimore’s Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste