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County Conducts 2022 Waste Audit

October 31, 2022 9:33 AM

By the Bureau of Solid Waste Management

Do you ever wonder what types of materials wind up in the trash? Here at the Bureau of Solid Waste Management, we sure do. The best way to find out is to just take a look! This July, in partnership with Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, the County conducted a waste composition audit. A waste audit is the process of formally quantifying the amounts and types of things that are being disposed of. Our purpose for the audit was to identify what materials had the potential to be recycled or composted and to guide our efforts to divert waste....Learn More

Eastern Landfill Gas Expands Operations in Summer 2022

September 30, 2022 8:15 AM

By Seth Blumen, Energy and Sustainability Coordinator, Office of the County Executive

As part of a County initiative to reduce methane emissions and encourage the development of renewable energy projects simultaneously, the Eastern Sanitary Landfill routes collected landfill gas to a third party, Eastern Landfill Gas (ELG). ELG's system consists of four Waukesha engine-generators that use compressed landfill gas to generate renewable electricity. The original ELG Landfill Gas System Lease started in September 2002 with a 20 year term. In March 2020, the County entered an extension agreement with ELG that includes providing significant upgrades to the existing electric plant, adding a fourth engine and selling power from the project directly to Baltimore County under the electric utility’s (BGE) aggregate net metering program. This reduces a portion of the County’s annual electrical purchases by the annual plant output....Learn More

Fall Leaves and Yard Trim Recycling

September 30, 2022 8:08 AM

By the Bureau of Solid Waste Management

It's the season for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice-flavored food and—most importantly for our Bureau­­—fall leaves! According to a recent waste characterization study, over 40 percent of Baltimore County’s residential waste stream is composed of organic material, which includes leaves and other yard trimmings. Not only do these materials generate large amounts of greenhouse gases if landfilled, they are simply too valuable to be thrown away. Read on to discover several ways you can make the most of your fall leaves and other yard materials....Learn More

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