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RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts (RecyclingWorks) hosted the 2020 College & University Forum as a webinar on April 16. The webinar provided college & university professionals with a chance to discuss waste-related challenges during disrupted operations, as well as opportunities to make program improvements in anticipation of students returning to campus. Click on the photo to view…

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized four Massachusetts entities with 2019 Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) awards. The Food Recovery Challenge is a voluntary program for organizations and businesses to implement strategies to reduce food waste in their operations in alignment with the Food Recovery Hierarchy. If your organization is not already a Food…

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized two Massachusetts organizations for their achievements in waste diversion through the national WasteWise program. WasteWise is a free, voluntary program designed to help private and public organizations work toward reductions in solid waste. Every year, the EPA recognizes partners in various categories who report significant improvements in…

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As restaurants and wholesalers adjust their operations due to COVID-19, wholesalers and distributors have been left with existing inventories of perishable food. To keep up with changing practices, some Massachusetts food wholesalers and distributors that normally serve businesses are setting up direct-to-consumer home delivery to move their supply of fresh produce and other foods. Boston.com…

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On April 16, RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts (RecyclingWorks) hosted the 2020 Spring WasteWise Forum as a webinar, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The focus of the virtual Forum, which was originally planned as an in-person event at Brandeis University, was on “Back to Basics”. …

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Many corporate cafeterias, colleges & universities, healthcare facilities, and other businesses and institutions contract with outside food service providers to manage dining operations. With recent closures, these entities are recognizing the decrease in food orders and purchasing while understanding the growing need to donate food to the local community. Green Biz recently described how one…

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Many Massachusetts food service businesses are working to reduce waste to help them cut costs, limit excess inventory, and comply with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s commercial organics waste ban. These efforts are more important than ever as business and institutions recalibrate in response to COVID-19 related closures and disruptions. The Boston Globe recently…

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As restaurants, event spaces, and other businesses with food service options experience restrictions and closures due to COVID-19, many end up with surplus food in their inventory. Rather than discard it, businesses and institutions can connect with local food rescue organizations. WWLP recently included another unique outlet for food donation – the Zoo in Forest…

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The new Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Reduce & Reuse (R&R) working group hosted a kickoff meeting on March 4, 2020. The group was established to assist in the development of a MassDEP Strategic Reduce and Reuse Action Plan, as outlined in the 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan. The working group is open to…