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CDRecycler recently reported on the sustainability achievements and lessons learned during the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and exposition dedicated to green building. Usually hosted by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center (BCEC), in 2017, Greenbuild was co-located with the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX),…

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The Berkshire Eagle recently reported on Berkshire Community College (BCC) successfully defending its statewide title in the diversion category of the RecycleMania competition managed by Keep America Beautiful. RecycleMania is a friendly competition among colleges and universities that engages students to promote recycling and waste reduction activities across campus. In 2018, teams from 300 higher…

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The Worcester Business Journal recently reported on the expansion of the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center’s recycling program, known as the Great Exchange. The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center created the Great Exchange in 2008 to acquire donated materials such as office supplies, packing materials, furniture, and arts and crafts supplies from area businesses and provide them at little…

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On May 10, the College of the Holy Cross hosted RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Spring 2018 WasteWise Forum. The forum began with remarks from John Cannon, Director of Facilities Operations at the College of the Holy Cross, who described the College’s commitment to waste reduction, including its…

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Waste 360 recently reported on data from LeanPath that identifies overproduction as the primary cause of waste in foodservice operations. While trim waste and spoilage also contribute to this problem, simply preparing too much food is the single biggest reason that foodservice establishments waste food. New tools and technologies are helping foodservice establishments reduce overproduction,…

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program is currently accepting applications for its 2018 grant cycle. The RBDG program, now in its third year, is intended to help Massachusetts recycling processors and manufacturers create sustainable markets for eligible materials, and to add value to municipal and business recycling efforts.…

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Two Massachusetts higher education institutions recently shared the efforts they are taking to divert food from disposal and to combat hunger in surrounding communities. Wellesley College is joining the list of Massachusetts schools, colleges, and universities participating in the Food for Free donation program. Food for Free is a Cambridge-based non-profit that rescues excess fresh…

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Waste360 recently reported on an innovative Massachusetts anaerobic digestion (AD) plant that is expanding its capacity for accepting food waste. The expanded facility at Crapo Hill Landfill in New Bedford will begin accepting loose and packaged food for processing, providing an additional outlet for businesses and institutions in the region subject to the Massachusetts Commercial…

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The National Restaurant Association and ReFED recently released two resources designed to help restaurants improve sustainability by diverting food waste from disposal. First, the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) report on The State of Restaurant Sustainability 2018 aims to help restaurants of all sizes improve their sustainability practices. The report identifies food waste reduction as an…

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