MPA’s goal is to increase the current rate of recycling by 10%. Both large- and small-scale recycling projects, such as those listed below, are already underway to meet this goal.
Recycling various oils and fluids, oil and fuel filters, wire rope from cranes, metal, tires, batteries, fluorescent lamps, lamp ballasts, paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans at all MPA facilities.
Recycling cans, bottles, paper, and salvageable metals at the dredged material placement sites of Poplar Island and Hart-Miller Island. Special efforts are made to transport materials from the islands to the mainland.
Re-using up to 1,000 tons of concrete accumulated during cleanup at the former Kurt Iron & Metal shipyard for substrate improvement in Masonville Cove (pending regulatory approvals).
Salvaging timber decking from Pier 2 at Clinton Street for reuse by a recycler.
Removing 5,400 tons of sunken wooden barges from the Patapsco River at Masonville and shipping them via water to a recycler in Virginia
Recycling asphalt and concrete that is removed during underground utility repair.
Re-using waste oil from construction equipment for heating facilities at the dredged material placement sites of Hart-Miller Island, Poplar Island, and Cox Creek.
Capturing the liquids and gases from spent aerosol cans and recycling the cans
Replacing steel and bituminous safety stops along wharf edges with stops made from recycled plastic