Pugh commits to signing incinerator bill

Photo by Artondra Hall, via Flickr.

Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday committed to signing into law a bill that would place stricter emissions restrictions on the BRESCO incinerator in South Baltimore.

The legislation, passed unanimously Monday by the Baltimore City Council, would effectively close the incinerator, either in 2020 when the law comes into effect or 2022 when limits placed on the facility become more stringent and the operator’s contract with the city runs out.

City Council forces incinerator to clean up or shut down

Photo by Artondra Hall, via Flickr

Baltimore’s trash incinerator must drastically reduce its chemical emissions to comply with a bill passed unanimously by the Baltimore City Council on Monday night, which plant officials say may force it to close down.

DPW developing long-term waste management plan

DPW’s new smart cans. Photo by Ethan McLeod

With the city’s largest landfill approaching capacity, the viability of the Baltimore Refuse Energy Systems Co. (BRESCO) waste-to-energy plant in question and the city having one of the worst recycling rates in Maryland, Baltimore’s Department of Public Works is developing a long-term plan for recycling and disposing of waste.

And the agency wants the public’s input.

Greenlaurel: Easy Composting Ideas that Reduce Trash and Air Pollution

Compost Cab will pick up your food scraps weekly for about $1 a day.

Food waste is the no. 1 material in your trash can, and accounts for about 22 percent of municipal trash. Luckily there some easy options that can turn your food trash into garden treasure, whether it comes from a household or business.

Why care? Most likely, your trash gets burned at the big BRESCO incinerator next to Interstate 95, which also happens to be Baltimore City’s top source of air pollution. Not only could you help make some good garden fertilizer, but composting can reduce your household trash, which reduces our air pollution.