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Impacts of Zero Waste Initiatives
Implementing the Zero Waste Priority Actions identified in this Plan will help the City reduce its
reliance on landfilling and incineration by 90% by 2040, achieving the City Sustainability Plan’s
waste and recycling goal. Implementing this plan will dramatically reduce the one million tons
of waste that are disposed of annually by residents and businesses in Baltimore.
Under Maryland law, materials are tracked based on different classifications to document
diversion and disposal. The City had an unadjusted 19 percent diversion rate. This figure was
adjusted to 28 percent after adding credits for resource recovery and source reduction. Using
conservative estimates for capture rates by material type, implementing this Plan’s short-term
(2020-2021), medium-term (2022-2027), and long-term (2028-2040) Zero Waste Priority
Actions will result in the diversion of nearly 800,000 tons of waste from the landfill, allowing
Baltimore to reach 90% diversion by 2040.
Baltimore’s Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste