Straight Talk about Plastics Recycling

HAS RECENT NEWS  left you wondering if it’s worthwhile to rinse and sort your plastic containers?  As a lifelong waste warrior and 30-year recycling professional, my answer is an emphatic “yes.” Attacking recycling programs, as anti-plastic organizations have been doing, is like hiding the lifejackets during a storm.  Yes, there…

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Your plastic containers ARE recycled, and they’re in demand

By Claire Galkowski, Executive Director, South Shore Recycling Cooperative Are you wondering whether the plastic bottles and containers you put in the recycling bin are getting recycled?  The short answer is an emphatic YES!  And manufacturers want MORE of it to substitute for petroleum-based “virgin” material. Greenpeace recently released a provocative…

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Help Wanted: SSRC HHW Supervisor

The South Shore Recycling Cooperative seeks a part time Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Supervisor to check in residents and assess load quantities at about 11 Saturday events per year from 8 am-2 pm. There are also some preparatory and follow up responsibilities. It does not involve directly handling HHW. We’d…

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How new California packaging EPR law is ‘putting the industry on notice’

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by Marissa Heffernan, Resource Recycling,  July 6, 2022 Industry leaders mostly expressed support for California’s recently signed extended producer responsibility bill, though some said they still had concerns about its far reach. After three years of trying to pass different versions of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill, Senate Bill 54 was signed by…

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Local company recycles leftover latex paint; bill would keep more out of the landfill

Wendall Waters, wickedlocal.com, June 3,2022 A woman-owned paint recycling business in (Hanover) Massachusetts has, over the course of a decade, gone from garage-scale production to having a small batch be 300 gallons. RECOLOR is part of a growing movement to keep paint out of landfills and create local economic opportunities. If new legislation sitting in the…

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SSRC Director live on air on Earth Day

WATD 95.9 fm Host Rob Hakala will talk with Claire Galkowski, the Executive Director of the South Shore Recycling Cooperative at 8:41 am on Friday, April 22 about things we can do to make a difference in helping to take care of Mother Earth. Live stream here. Blog post here….

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How Maine is transforming who pays for recycling

PBS Newshour, Nov. 14, 2021 For years, Americans have been encouraged to recycle, but global changes to the market for recycled material has led to a realization that just because that symbol is on the package or it’s placed in a blue bin, doesn’t necessarily mean a used product will…

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Your drawer full of old tech could have a new life — or start a fire.

How to upcycle and recycle your old gadgets and smartphones By Chris Velazco Washington Post, September 28, 2021 (excerpt) If your home is anything like mine, there’s a forlorn drawer somewhere that’s full of old batteries, zip-ties, cables and gadgets you haven’t touched in years. That stuff might look like junk,…

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