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The 2014 Commercial Organics Waste Ban in Massachusetts has led to a 70% increase in the number of businesses and institutions receiving food scraps collection from haulers, Waste Today reports. As of 2018, 45 facilities now accept food scraps in Massachusetts and more than 2300 commercial customers utilize these services. Other cities and states that…

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is offering micro-grants of up to $5,000 for entities implementing short-term waste reduction projects in the state of Massachusetts. Waste reduction offers greater benefits than recycling, as it reduces both the volume of materials going to disposal and the volume of raw materials used during manufacturing. Eligible projects…

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Recent restrictions on the import of recyclable materials into China have forced businesses, institutions, and governments to focus more on the quality of their recyclables at the point of generation. The impact of the Chinese National Sword policy, and other regional market disruptions, have led the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to work together…

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In an article that appears in Green Lodging News, Dan Reuben discusses innovations in the hotel industry since he co-founded Boston Green Tourism in 2005. Hotels have the potential to use large amounts of energy and water, and produce a large quantity of waste. In the article, Reuben writes that the hotel industry has improved…

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The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and World Resources Institute (WRI) recently released a report about the cost savings realized by restaurants that invest in food waste reduction. WRAP and WRI conducted their research on behalf of Champions 12.3, an international coalition of executives from government, businesses, and institutions, dedicated to accelerating progress towards…

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RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts (RecyclingWorks) hosted the 2019 College & University Forum on March 7, 2019 at Wellesley College. These forum events are attended by facility managers, dining service operators, and recycling and sustainability coordinators, and are particularly useful for networking and discussion. This year’s forum focused on recycling in public spaces and dormitory areas, highlighting…

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is continuing to offer low-interest loans to help businesses across the state obtain capital for recycling-related activities. The funding is intended to accelerate the growth of recycling infrastructure and markets throughout Massachusetts. Eligible business activities include: Collecting or separating recyclable materials for resale. Reuse, processing, composting, or converting…

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As reported by the Taunton Gazette, The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) recently awarded $600,000 in grants to four companies to improve the infrastructure for recycling construction and demolition (C&D), plastics, and mixed recyclables. This funding is part of the MassDEP Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program, which supports marketplace growth for eligible materials…

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Many businesses and institutions in the food service, hospitality, and educational sectors receive products in unlined paper shipping sacks, also known as multiwall sacks. More than 1 billion sacks are used each year, most commonly as packaging for food, agricultural, and industrial products. The Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers Association (PSSMA) recently announced that businesses and…