Baltimore City Receives $4M for Solar Powered Composting Facility

The EPA awarded Baltimore City $4 million to develop a solar-powered, scalable composting facility. 

With the help of a $4 million award from the EPA, City of Baltimore will develop a solar-powered, scalable composting facility co-located with the new East Side Transfer Station at Bowley’s Lane. The proposed development leverages funds from the transfer station development project and from a partnership with Baltimore’s Department of Parks and Recreation. This project will result in 12,000 tons of organic materials being diverted from landfill and incineration streams; thus annually reducing 6,000 tons of freenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

SWIFR Grants for Communities

The 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides the largest EPA investment in recycling in 30 years to support National Recycling Strategy implementation and build a circular economy for all. As part of the Investing in America agenda, this funding supports improvements to waste management systems and programs, allowing resources to be used more efficiently and reducing the impact on the climate. SWIFR Community grant funding can be used to establish or optimize collection and management of materials; fund infrastructure, technology, or other improvements to reduce contamination; enhance markets for recycled commodities; and increase the diversion, recycling rate and quality of materials collected for municipal solid waste. These grants also advance the Justice40 Initiative, which aims to ensure that 40% of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.

Read more about the award.