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The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) is a mosque and community center, located in Roxbury, serving over 1,500 congregants at its weekly services. Each year the mosque holds a month of programming in observation of Ramadan, which includes educational activities and a nightly community meal. The mosque connected with RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts (RecyclingWorks)…

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Businesses and institutions that host large-scale events often face the challenge of managing the excess food and single-use materials generated during these events. As reported by Harvard Law Today, the 2019 Harvard Law School Commencement recently demonstrated how to implement a robust waste diversion program for a one-day event while serving prepared lunches to more…

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP’s) 2014 commercial organics disposal ban has already had a significant impact on the state’s diversion of food materials, as well as growth in the food waste marketplace. Since the ban was implemented, annual food waste diversion has increased by 180,000 tons, food donation has increased by 22%, and…

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Green Biz recently reported on how the World Resources Institute (WRI) is taking steps to reduce office food waste in line with state, federal, and international food waste reduction goals. Below are some strategies and steps that your organization can take to address and reduce wasted food: If your office does not already have one,…

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According to the USDA, approximately half of the average American’s food budget is allocated to meals eaten outside the home. As quick service and fast casual restaurants become ubiquitous, there is also an associated increase in the amount of waste produced. Many Boston area restaurants are taking steps through their purchasing and operations to reduce…

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Colleges and universities across Massachusetts continue to seek new strategies to recover wasted food. WWLP recently reported that Westfield State University has partnered with the Springfield organization Rachel’s Table to donate its excess food to families in need. Rachel’s Table, a program of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, facilitates the donation of food to…

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The Vineyard Gazette recently published an article detailing an in-vessel compost project on Martha’s Vineyard. The new equipment will help the non-profit Island Grown Initiative (IGI) achieve its mission to reduce and redirect food waste on the Vineyard. Because of the limited disposal capacity on the Island, waste is regularly shipped back to mainland Massachusetts,…

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The MassDEP Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program is currently accepting applications for its 2019 grant cycle. The program provides grant awards between $50,000 and $400,000 for projects that encourage growth in recycling markets of harder to recycle materials. The program will consider projects that promote the processing, manufacturing, or reuse of one or more specific eligible…

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On May 1, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital hosted RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts (RecyclingWorks), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 2019 Spring WasteWise Forum. These forums are attended by recycling and sustainability coordinators, facility managers, and professionals in the recycling industry, and are particularly useful for networking and discussion. This year’s spring…

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Hampton Farms is a large nut producer and manufacturer operating a 130,000 square foot facility in Springfield with 42 full time staff. The company markets a variety of peanut products from raw in-shell peanuts to nut butters and is expanding its operations in nut processing. Hampton Farms is operating a recycling program for baled cardboard,…