Membership Benefits


Materials Management

Less Trash: Disposed trash tonnage in Member towns has dropped by 25 % per household since 1998, saving $2 million/year in disposal and hauling costs at current rates.

Lower TIP Fees: Working cooperatively has resulted in significantly lower disposal rates, saving our Members an additional $250,000/year beginning in 2015.

Higher Returns for Recyclables: Textiles, books, paper, metals all have value. SSRC helps its Members get the most for these commodities.  Household Hazardous WastE

Collections: aggressive regional pricing, administrative and on site assistance, publicity, and the ability to send residents to all twelve of our collections/year provides cost and staff time savings and convenience to member towns and their residents.

Compost Site Management: Members have easy access to regional contracts for brush grinding, compost screening, material removal and information on best management practices.

Difficult to Manage Waste: The Staff provides assistance with everything from medical sharps and mercury to propane tanks and paint, electronic waste, mattresses, tires, batteries.

Technical Assistance & Networking

An on-call expert: The Executive Director advises members on vendor and program options, contracts, pricing, grant opportunities, etc. She gathers tonnage, fee and pricing data for program and year to year comparisons. She attends most regional conferences, and shares what she learns with our members at meetings and in our monthly newsletter.

Networking Opportunities: Our well-attended monthly meetings feature area vendors, and provide the opportunity to discuss program details with our other solid waste managers.

Tours: The SSRC arranges and hosts facility tours at outlets for many of our materials. 


The Executive Director: attends policy meetings hosted by MassDEP, provides testimony on regulations, and acts as a liaison between Members and State organizations.
The SSRC is a strong and consistent voice at the State House, sharing our Members' concert with State policymakers and working with other organizations to move cost- and resource-saving legislation forward.
We have supplied testimony and correspondence in support of the Updated Bottle Bill and other producer responsibility legislation.

Electronic Waste Producer Responsibility, Redemption Center Handling Fee, Lifting moratorium on waste combustion facilities, Beverage Container Recycling & Jobs, Clean Environment Fund, DEP Solid Waste Plan 

In addition to our ongoing support of such legislation, the SSRC is actively promoting passage of its own Universal Recycling Bill, H765.

Public Outreach

Website: features town-and material-specific recycling and hazardous waste collection information, press releases, a monthly newsletter, and links to other sites.

Resident Contacts: Staff fields calls from residents. Distribution of 24,000 informational palm cards has increased phone and web traffic.

Community Presentations: SSRC exhibits at events 

Local Media & PR: SSRC Staff serves as a resource providing technical information for print and broadcast media



Become A Member Town

To learn how your town can become a member contact Claire Galkowski, Executive Director