Cardboard bales for recyclingMost retail businesses generate large amounts of cardboard, which has value and can be recycled cost-effectively. There are extensive service providers for cardboard recycling in Massachusetts. Retailers may also generate other recyclable packaging material such as shrink wrap and pallets.

Waste Ban Compliance Tips for Retailers

To help retailers comply with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) Waste Bans, RecyclingWorks developed the following sector-specific tip sheets, available in both English and Spanish:

PDFWaste Ban Compliance Tips for Retailers [English] 

PDFConsejos para Comerciantes para Cumplir con la Prohibición de Desechos  [Español] 

Case Studies

Cardboard Recycling Case Study: Wyman’s Liquors, Leominster, MA

After receiving a failed load letter for excessive amounts of cardboard in the trash, Wyman’s Liquors made simple changes to their recycling program. Learn how Wyman’s came back in compliance with Massachusetts waste ban regulations and diverts 90% of the materials generated on-site. See the previous Wyman’s Liquors Case Study (2012) to learn more about program implementation.

PDFWyman’s Liquor Store Case Study: Learn more about how Wyman’s recycles cardboard, bottles, and cans throughout their retail space and offices.

Bottle and Can Recycling Case Study

PDF Haydocy Gas Station Case Study: Learn how Haydocy Gas Station in South Hadley eliminated 600 pounds of waste annually by recycling bottles & cans.

Retail Reuse Case Study

PDFCentury Kitchens:  Century Kitchens provides an excellent model for businesses in transition by demonstrating cost-effective reuse and recycling alternatives to disposal.



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