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 waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and food recovery. In 2018, EPA WasteWise partners reported a total of nearly two million tons of diverted material.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston was recognized in the Non-Profit Partner of the Year category. The facility diverted 3,610 tons of material from disposal in 2018, assisted by increased engagement and communication from staff and management throughout the organization. In addition to traditional waste streams, the medical center focused reduction programs on excess packaging, laboratory waste & single-use medical devices, and office supplies.
Home Market Foods of Norwood was recognized in the Small Business Honorable Mention category. The grocery store manages reuse, food donation, and recycling programs for a variety of materials, including waxed cardboard, pallets, and food waste. In 2018, Home Market Foods diverted a total of 14,472 tons of waste, increasing their diversion rate to 93%.
To learn more about the WasteWise program, or to view presentations from past Massachusetts WasteWise Forums, visit the RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts (RecyclingWorks) website. RecyclingWorks offers sector-specific guidance for healthcare facilities, supermarkets, and more. To learn more about our no-cost assistance for your business or institution, call our hotline: (888) 254-5525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.