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This press release from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) highlights thirteen New England organizations that have backed the Food Recovery Challenge, an initiative that encourages businesses, organizations and institutions to prevent food waste by donating or recycling food. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is among the organizations who have become “endorsers” of…

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Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, began a food waste diversion program at the Higgins Cafeteria in 2007, and has since expanded the program to include multiple residence halls and most recently, the Academic Commons at Goddard Library. This article provides an overview of how food waste diversion to composting has spread across Clark’s campus, helping…

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This radio story from WCAI, Cape and Islands NPR Station, and accompanying blog post highlight Falmouth (MA) resident Mary Ryther and her business “Compost With Me”, a small-scale residential and commercial food waste collection and composting service in Cape Cod. Ryther charges a nominal fee for food waste collection, and returns finished compost back to…

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In January 2015, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and As You Sow, a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental and corporate social responsibility, released Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Packaging. The report is based on a survey of 47 companies in the quick service restaurants (QSR), beverages…

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Presentations from the recent WasteWise forum are now available on our WasteWise page; you can visit that page or use the following links to download and review slideshows of the presentations. Solid Waste Management Hierarchy-Christine Beling, Project Engineer at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 The Furniture Trust-Michelle Blakemore, Education and Outreach Manager at The…

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The 2014 RecyclingWorks Year-End Report is now available on our about page. Visit that page or click here to download a copy to learn about all the ways that RecyclingWorks has helped businesses and institutions across the state manage their waste stream responsibly and adapt to the new Food Waste Ban.

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The RecyclingWorksMA.com website has had over 50,000 visitors in 2014, seeing an increase in traffic in the lead up the the beginning of the food waste ban! Thank you to all our users for your contribution in making our website a successful resource for the citizens of Massachusetts! If you’ve only had experience with one…

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This coming Monday, September 23, the Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers is conducting a FREE webinar on rigid plastics recycling. This provides the opportunity to hear about rigid plastic recycling resources and learn how one major US grocery chain has already implemented a program to recover rigid grocery plastics. Learn more about this webinar…

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This article from The Guardian highlights the preparations underway by various stakeholders in Massachusetts to be ready for the upcoming commercial organics waste disposal ban, which goes into effect October 1. The article notes that that most affected businesses have already put food reduction policies into place and are ready to adapt to the ban.