Baltimore councilmember issues resolution for adjusted ‘zero waste’ consulting RFP

Read the full story at WasteDive.

Baltimore Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke introduced a resolution last week, titled “Improving Development of a Baltimore City Recycling and Solid Waste Management Master Plan,” which calls on the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority to reissue a request for proposals (RFP) that better aligns with the city’s commitment to zero waste policies.

The city’s Department of Public Works had issued an RFP, titled “Less Waste, Better Lives: Developing Baltimore City’s Recycling and Solid Waste Management Master Plan for 2040 (Master Plan) and beyond,” for consultants to bid on a $450,000 contract to help develop the plan. The Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority only allowed six consultants, which were supposedly pre-screened, to respond to the RFP, according to environmental advocates Energy Justice Network.

Energy Justice Network, Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) and United Workers claim the 11-page RFP suggests comprehensive studies of the use of the contentious Baltimore Refuse Energy Systems Company (BRESCO) incinerator. The groups also claim the six unnamed consultants have little experience in zero waste planning.

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