There is another important issue here. For the calendar year 2011, Baltimore City had a lowly 27 percent recycling rate, and for 2013, it had dropped to 19.4 percent. Incinerators usually require suppliers to guarantee a certain amount of waste, which is a disincentive to recycling, reusing, composting and mindful purchasing of material. This city should aspire to be a leader, like San Francisco or Seattle, in recycling and moving to zero waste. The jobs this would generate would more than make up for jobs lost. A study by Friends of the Earth estimated that recycling per ton would generate 10 times more jobs than landfilling or incineration. What we would teach our children about sustainability and a clean environment would make them proud of their city, just as the high school students at Ben Franklin have learned pride and leadership in their efforts to make Curtis Bay a healthier place to grow up.