Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore’

Keen on living green-courtesy of The Baltimore Sun

April 24, 2008
| Special to The Sun

Baltimore Green Week has branched out over five years to include an array of issues under its environmental umbrella.

According to program director Carol Silldorff, the organization began with a group of people interested in environmentally friendly building methods in the city. “Over the years,” she said, “it has grown immensely. … No longer is it at all connected to one issue.”

That much is clear from the schedule of events, which kicks off with a reception tomorrow at the Walters Art Museum and gets rolling Saturday with the fifth annual EcoFestival, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Druid Hill Park.

Among the 14 free events running through May 1 are:

• A discussion of pollution’s impact on the Inner Harbor and its watersheds, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney in the Inner Harbor.

Mayor Sheila Dixon talking about her plan for a greener Baltimore, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

• A City Council hearing at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum, which will allow people to comment on environmental legislation from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

• A green building tour and reception at the Catholic Relief Services’ Stewart’s Building, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

• A state legislative overview from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a conversation about the role of religion in environmental stewardship from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Grace Fellowship Church on Wednesday.

• A talk by Green For All founder and president Van Jones about helping create environmental jobs for low-income and city communities, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 1 at Morgan State University.

A broad scope of environmental issues will be on display at the EcoFestival, which is scheduled to include more than 100 exhibitors and vendors, tours of houses that use green technology, tours of some of the worst pollution in Baltimore, guided hikes and bicycle tours.

Read the rest of the article at the Sun

Loading 600 Tons- Article about Single-stream Recycling in Baltimore City

April 24, 2008

Article Courtesy of City Paper

Loading 600 Tons
CP Takes a Field Trip to Watch Single-Stream Recycling in Action

After more than a decade of shifting pickup dates and sometimes confusing sorting edicts, Baltimore City has begun collecting all recycling–glass, metal, paper, and plastic–on the same day from one container. This single-stream recycling initiative puts Baltimore in the same league with Philadelphia and dozens of other American cities and counties, and in line with Europe, which has been recycling the vast percentage of its waste streams for decades.

“People say, `It’s not convenient, I don’t want to.’ . . . You have no excuse not to now,” says Valentina Ukwuoma, who heads the city’s Bureau of Solid Waste. “You’ll see that you have more in recyclables than trash.”

The city sells yellow recycling bins for $5, but you can put your recyclables out in any container as long as it’s clearly marked, city officials say. And there’s no problem with staples in your paper, or window envelopes. All kinds of plastic are good, too. They only ask that you not include plastic grocery bags, anything caked with grease or food, wire coat hangers, and a few other things. Check this document on the Department of Public Works Web site. (or your DPW calendar) for neighborhood pickup schedules and the full list of recycling no-nos.

Ukwuoma says about 30 percent of Baltimore’s 210,000 households currently recycle. That puts the city above the state mandate of 20 percent, but more needs to be done; the city’s landfill has only about 11 years of capacity left at current fill rates.

To see how the city’s recycling regime works–and to put to rest rumors that recycling is some kind of hoax–City Paper followed the waste stream on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from curbside to sorting and processing for sale. Turns out stuff really does get recycled, and much is done by scary machinery. But most of the work–the lifting, dumping, driving, hauling, sorting and collecting–is done by human hands. Here, then, are some of the people cleaning up this town.

Correction: This article erroneously stated that “all kinds of plastic” can now be recycled. Actually, only bottles and jars marked with numbers 1-7 are currently accepted by the processor. Not accepted are plastic plates, flatware, yogurt and margarine tubs, etc.