Wheelabrator Baltimore’s waste-to-energy is part of the solution
There is no infrastructure, funding or environmentally sound plan to responsibly manage Baltimore City’s post-recycled waste without Wheelabrator Baltimore’s waste-to-energy facility.
- Since 1985, Wheelabrator Baltimore has processed over 23 million tons of post-recycled waste, generated 10 million megawatts of renewable electricity and recycled 350,000 tons of metals.
- By using local, post-recycled waste as fuel to create a local energy ecosystem, the facility diverts waste from landfills and lowers greenhouse gases by recycling metals, offsetting the use of fossil fuels and reducing methane gas emissions from landfills.
- Wheelabrator Baltimore is an integral part of Maryland’s energy, environmental and economic infrastructure, providing sustainable waste management for 33 years.
- Wheelabrator Baltimore converts up to 2,250 tons of post-recycled waste from Baltimore area homes and businesses to provide as much as 52 net megawatts of clean, renewable baseload energy for sale to the local utility after meeting its own power demands. That is enough electricity to power 38,000 Maryland homes.
- Wheelabrator Baltimore delivers “green steam” to the downtown district energy system operated by Veolia North America— which serves more than 255 businesses including M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.
- 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.
- Wheelabrator Baltimore provides Baltimore City with baseload renewable energy* that reduces our reliance on – and the environmental impacts of – coal, oil and natural gas.
- Baseload energy is produced by sources which can reliably and consistently generate electrical power. An integrated approach to energy production that includes wind, solar and waste-to-energy is necessary to meet the energy needs of residents, communities and businesses.