DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: 1+1 MIXED REFUSE COLLECTION
The Bureau of Solid Waste provides two collections of mixed refuse per week per household. This service level exceeds that of Baltimore County and other jurisdictions and strains the Bureau’s personnel and equipment resources. It also reduces residents’ incentive to make full use of the weekly recycling collection.
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Implementation will require action by the City Council to revise the related ordinance(s). This may prove politically difficult, particularly, if implementation is limited to certain districts. However, the overall benefits to the City, its residents and the business climate from a cleaner city should outweigh parochial objections.
It is reasonable to expect that implementation of this plan would encourage/cause residents to make greater use of the recycling collection. This would generate additional cost savings as discussed in Recommendation 15-C.
Baltimore County and other jurisdictions around Baltimore City have adopted 1+1 mixed refuse collection plans. In addition, other cities in the Northeast, including Boston, Indianapolis, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. have adopted some form of 1+1.