WASTE TO WEALTH:
BRINGING RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING JOBS TO BALTIMORE
Wed, March 11th, 2015
7pm – 9pm
Baltimore City Community College
2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215 (map)
The Waste to Wealth = Green Jobs event is being held to present the potential for developing small minority-owned companies in the reuse, recycling and composting sectors in the Baltimore area.
Expert Panel Includes:
- Adrienne Houel - Executive Director, Park City Green, operator of a mattress recycling plant in Bridgeport, CT
- Shabaaz Jackson - Principal, Greenway, composting designer and operator, Poughkeepsie, NY
- Mark Foster - Director, Second Chance, building deconstruction, resale, Baltimore, MD
- Sidney Wilson, Jr. - President, DoxicomGlobal, recycling hard to recycle materials, Jackson, TN
- Justen Garrity - Founder, Veteran Compost, Aberdeen, MD
PARTICIPATION IS FREE TO ALL!
Refreshments will be served
PANEL OF EXPERTS WILL DISCUSS REUSE, RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK
EXAMPLES OF TYPES OF COMPANIES INCLUDE:
- Deconstruction of buildings and resale of recovered materials
- Repair and resale of computers, mattresses, textiles, automobiles and more
- Composting and food production in small green houses
- Repurposing of hard to recycle materials
ALLIED PARTNERS INCLUDE:
- American Sustainable Business Council
- Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council
- Clean Water Action
- Energy Justice Network
- Institute for Local Self-Reliance
For more information, contact Robin at 301-836-1405 or email robin [@] energyjustice.net
BACKGROUND: BRINGING ZERO WASTE BUSINESSES TO BALTIMORE!
The Waste to Wealth event is being held to present residents and city leaders to the potential for developing small minority-owned companies in the reuse, recycling and composting sectors. Businesses such as these are popping up all over the U.S., including many owned and operated by minority business people and community development companies.
Some of these businesses are already operating in and around Baltimore. Others would like to create joint ventures with local community development corporations and social service agencies.
Other mid-sized manufacturing firms want to locate in Baltimore, taking advantage of acres of idle industrially zoned land. One such company is Greys Paper Company of Edmonton, Canada. This company produces 100% recycled high grade paper stationery, copy paper, envelopes on a five acre site that needs 120 workers. The company has asked the Institute for Local Self-Reliance to suggest sites for several plants to be built in the U.S. in the next few years. Baltimore is an ideal site given the availability of land and location near Washington, DC – the high grade paper capital of the world. City officials in charge of economic development should attend this event to find out more.
The combination of small companies and mid-sized manufacturing based on materials and used products that can be recovered from the Baltimore waste stream can lead to over 1,000 new jobs in the city, each paying a minimum of $14/hour, some with health insurance benefits.
Information about these companies will be presented by their operators and representatives at this Baltimore Zero Waste panel and networking event.