In December 2015, we reported about the Free Your Voice group of Curtis Bay teens that were fighting to stop construction on the country’s largest trash incinerator in their neighborhood. Today, Curtis Bay’s youth learned that their grassroots organizing made a difference – the incinerator will not be built.
Tag: Curtis Bay Incinerator
You may have heard the brouhaha surrounding the proposed Baltimore City waste-to-energy incinerator which is partially constructed in the Curtis Bay area? The incinerator’s 90-acre site is located in the Fairfield industrial area, which sits close to Brooklyn and Curtis Bay schools, homes and businesses. Curtis Bay’s incinerator would be Baltimore’s second waste-to-energy facility; Baltimore City’s trash is currently burned at the Wheelabrator incinerator next to Interstate 95.
If Curtis Bay’s youth have anything to say, the proposed largest-incinerator-in-the-U.S. will be a no-go. The community’s demand is that city officials and the private sector replace trashy development with cleaner and safer projects that don’t harm local residents. Burning 4,000 tons of tires and plastics every day emits toxic mercury and lead chemicals. Led by 20-year-old Destiny Watford, the well-organized Free Your Voice opposition plans a rally next Tuesday, December 15th at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) headquarters to demand the incinerator be called off. Check out their video