Hey you! Your bad recycling is costing all of us money!

Boston Globe Magazine, March 29, 2020, Amy Sutherland People around Greater Boston are dumping trash in their recycling bins, and it’s wrecking city budgets. More than a decade into single-stream recycling — putting all our recyclables together in one bin — we’ve turned into recycling slobs. In my Boston neighborhood, I’ve seen blue recycling…


Recycling is not a “Con”

posted by Director Claire Galkowski I usually have great respect for the NYT, but sometimes they just get it WRONG, like in today’s opinion piece “The Great Recycling Con” , and do real harm (i.e. yogurt containers and other #5 plastic ARE recycled!) . My colleague Waneta Trabert, Newton’s Solid…


A deep dive on plastic bag bans

plastic bags

by Neil Rhein, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful, Nov. 8, 2019 Each year, it’s estimated that here in Massachusetts, consumers use over 2 billion plastic bags per year! Many end up as litter in our waterways, stuck in trees, or clogging storm drains. Most end up in incinerators or landfills, while some…


Can laws improve recycling?

In this podcast produced by MassRecycle, SSRC Director Claire Galkowski discusses past and pending producer responsibility legislation in Mass. She and former MassRecycle Director Edward Hsieh cover the history of recycling advocacy in MA, and a primer on how to change recycling laws in Mass. Hosts are MassRecycle President Gretchen…


Pembroke (re) joins the SSRC

Town Manager Ed Thorne signed an Intermunicipal Agreement with the SSRC, citing the opportunity to expand Pembroke residents’ access to the SSRC’s household hazardous waste collections, and to reap the many other benefits of membership.  At its June 25 Board meeting, the South Shore Recycling Cooperative (SSRC) voted to accept Pembroke…


MPHA to honor Plymouth health director

PLYMOUTH — The Massachusetts Public Health Association will honor Plymouth Health Director Nate Horwitz-Willis at its 17th annual Spring Award Breakfast on June 7. Horwitz-Willis is being awarded as a rising star in the field of public health in Massachusetts. He has strengthened the Health Department’s internal and external communications,…


MassDEP Waste Ban Inspection Program Promotes Recycling

Business Recycling

Businesses Found in Violation during 2018 Returned to Compliance BOSTON — As part of the Commonwealth’s commitment to help increase the diversion, reuse and recycling of materials, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today announced that during calendar year 2018, the agency has issued 119 notices of non-compliance (NON) and eight…


How A New Policy In China Has Led To A Recycling Crisis In Mass.

The EPA estimates Americans recycle about 90 million tons of material a year. But these days the stuff we recycle has to be purer than Ivory soap. That’s because China, the world’s largest importer of recycled materials, instituted strict new standards on the quality of the products they’ll buy, and…


How To Make Sure Your Recycling Gets Recycled

contaminated recycling

So now you know: Throwing all your recycling into a single bin ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Single-stream recycling may be more convenient, but, as we reported last week, it’s also to blame for a huge increase in contamination that makes your recycling unrecyclable. You think you’re saving the…