Packaging EPR hearing next Tuesday

(Action alert 6/15/21) The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture just scheduled its hearing on solid waste bills for Tuesday, 6/22 from 1-5 pm. A good showing by supporters is critical to getting the producer responsibility bills reported out favorably. This alert is primarily about the packaging and paper producer responsibility bill(s) H878/S610 /S517 .  EPR bills on…

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Pandemic brings more trash to South Shore curbs

Mary Whitfill, The Patriot Ledger 4/22/2021 QUINCY – Every cleaning product, bottle of hand sanitizer and package of masks ordered online for the last 13 months has come with packing material, cardboard boxes and more work for local trash collectors. Since the start of the pandemic, hundreds of tons of additional household waste…

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Massachusetts’ Recycle Smart Tackles Contamination With Education

Arlene Karidis | Waste360, Aug 03, 2020 Several years ago, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) convened a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss contamination of waste—ithad become apparent that levels were rising to concerning levels, especially in single stream recycling. The goal was to identify the main materials that were…

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Ranked: the environmental impact of five different soft drink containers

by Ian Williams, Professor of Applied Environmental Science, University of Southampton and Alice Brock, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, University of SouthamptonRepublished from The Conversation, November 17, 2020 People are increasingly aware of the harm plastic waste causes to wildlife, and many would avoid buying single-use plastics if they could…

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