Waste-to-energy powers Baltimore

  • In 2018, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works prepared a fiscal impact summary at the request of the Maryland General Assembly, detailing the impacts to Baltimore City if Wheelabrator Baltimore were to close. (Report available here)
  • The DPW report detailed a $9 million dollar loss of annual revenue directly from Wheelabrator Baltimore which currently goes to the General Fund, supporting day-to-day operations including Baltimore City police, fire and education.
  • The DPW report also outlines new operating expenses necessary to manage the local, post- recycled waste currently processed by the facility, including $110 million dollars for expanded and new landfill and transfer station facilities.
  • Wheelabrator Baltimore provides numerous other economic benefits to the region including:
    • Employing 69 Maryland residents, 75% of whom live in the Baltimore area.
    • Supporting 175 additional jobs in transportation and support services that are connected to the facility.
    • Contributing $50 million in economic activity annually to the City, Baltimore County and the state through payroll, purchases of goods and services and tax payments.

What the experts say:

“Wheelabrator Baltimore is one of the top-ten property taxpayers in the City of Baltimore. Since it started operations in 1985, the facility has processed over 20 million tons of waste. If it is conservatively assumed that an average tipping fee of $50 per ton was charged over this timeframe, this means that $1 billion in disposal costs have been kept in the local economy over this timeframe due to the implementation of this facility.”

– Solid Waste Association of North America

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