Zero Waste MA

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Boston Recycling Coalition

Boston’s recycling rate has risen from abysmal levels in recent years, but still lags far behind the national average. Boston incinerates 80% of its residential waste and pays tens of millions annually for the privilege.

From We All Live Downstream

January 7, 2017

Sometimes injustice at the community level, where neighbors live in close proximity to a major polluter for decades, demands that we pull out all the stops. The on-going tragedy taking place in Saugus, Massachusetts is that kind of environmental justice disaster.

December 15, 2016

This past Tuesday, December 13, Boston City Council hosted a public hearing to address a proposed "bring your own bag" ordinance seeking to reduce waste from plastic bags. Unimaginable numbers of plastic bags are used daily, for an average of 12 minutes before they are discarded. Unfortunately, less than 5% of single-use plastic bags are in fact recycled. Many people do not know how to deal with plastic bags. Really the only option for consumers is a bin in the occasional grocery store. But, like I said, only 5% of these bags ever make it to a recycling center.

Municipal Leaders Gather for Zero Waste Summit in Boston
April 14, 2016

On April 4, during a surprise Spring snowstorm, the City of Boston and the Boston Recycling Coalition joined forces to host our first-ever Zero Waste Municipal Leaders Summit.  Despite the weather, the room was abuzz with anticipation at the newly opened Bolling Building in Roxbury's Dudley Square: a good day to talk trash. 

(Scroll down and click images to view presenters' slides.)