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/lower costs for Recyclables: Textiles, cardboard, plastics and metal all have value. The SSRC helps its Members get the most for these commodities, and find new outlets when vendors are unable to accept materials.

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.  The SSRC facilitates multi-town events and rotations, which results in economy of scale and cost savings.

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.

Grants:  SSRC programs qualify Member towns for additional Recycling Divident Program points, including HHW, Outreach, Compost and textiles.  The SSRC helps participating members prepare to maximize grant awards. The Director can assist with Data Survey, rDP reporting, and grant application submissions. 

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

Newsletter:  The Director publishes an informative newsletter before every Board meeting.

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


Advocacy

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 producer responsibility, right to repair, disposable bag ban and other legislation.  (see Advocacy)

Paint, Mattress, Packaging, and Electronic Waste Producer Responsibility, Lifting moratorium on waste combustion facilities, Beverage Container Recycling & Jobs, Clean Environment Fund, DEP Solid Waste Plan


Public Outreach

Website: features town-and material-specific recycling and hazardous waste collection information, press releases, a monthly newsletter, and links to other sites.  (New Improved website coming in June 2019)

Resident Contacts: Staff fields hundreds of calls and emails from residents. Distribution of 50,000 informational palm cards has increased phone and web traffic.

Community Presentations: The SSRC Director exhibits at events, gives presentations to schools and the general public 

Local Media & PR: SSRC Staff serves as a resource providing technical information for print and broadcast media, and maintains an active Facebook page. 

RECO:  A two year grant from MassDEP enabled the SSRC to hire a Recycling Education and Compliance Officer, who worked in each member town on specific outreach projects from 2017-2019.

 

Upcoming Meetings & Events

25 Jun 2019
08:50AM - 10:30AM
SSRC Breakfast Meeting

A Message from our Director:

The SSRC hired GreenCastle Video to migrate and upgrade this website.  The new site is going to be awesome!!  It will be launched by July 1

 

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News & Media

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May Updates

MPHA to honor Plymouth Health Director , Wickedlocal Plymouth, 5/8/19 

Scituate: Recycling Tips from the SSRC, with Dorie Stoley, RECO, WATD FM, 1/28/19

SSRC set to make sure you understand recycling at the Scituate Transfer Station, by Ruth Thompson, Scituate Mariner, 1/24/19

Facing higher costs, cities enforce cleaner recycling, by Yasmin Amir and Bob Oakes,  WBUR, 8/2018

More News   Videos

On this website:

Visit Recycling A-Z to find the answer to "What should I do with...." 

The Town Program pages provide contact information and links to Member Town's recycling programs.

Learn more about recycling dos and don'ts by visiting Recycling 101 and Advanced Recycling.

Hazardous Waste Days

Click here for the Schedule of Hazardous Waste Days and collection details