Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-Palooza!

Happy Fall!

Don’t you love this time of year in New England?  We’ve got falling leaves, pumpkin picking, brisk mornings, and, of course, Recycle Smart MA’s annual celebration of all things waste reduction – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-Palooza!


For those of you who are new here, we started this annual celebration in honor of America Recycles Day in 2020. It was a chance to connect with our audience during the pandemic and helped us feel like we were making up for all the missed opportunities to share stories in person that year. RRR-Palooza has since taken on a life of its own. It has become more than just a celebration of ARD; this is our chance to interact with our followers and share insights we don’t get to talk about everyday.

We are very excited to share this year’s lineup! We’ve got three webinars that promise to be inspiring and informative. We’ll start the week with a round of Ask Me Anything – we wouldn’t be Recycle Smart MA without it! Next, we invited local reuse champions to share how they are taking it upon themselves to create reuse opportunities in the Bay State. Last, with all the talk about mattress and textile bans, we thought we’d invite some of the local organizations processing these materials to talk about HOW they reuse and recycle textiles and mattresses. They’ll provide a behind-the-scenes look at what they do and answer questions. So join us. It’s going to be fun!

Please note, you must register in advance. Keep scrolling to learn more and save your spot. Our speakers would love for you to tune in to hear their stories!

And don’t forget to keep an eye on our social media platforms.  Every Monday in November, we will share a new RRR-Palooza post on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages, so be sure to follow Recycle Smart MA and share our content!

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Ask Me Anything about Recycling in MA

Audience – General Public

Have a burning question about recycling in MA? The Ask Me Anything about Recycling in MA webinar is back by popular demand! Learn about the Recycle Smart MA mission & resources and hear from recycling experts.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
7:00PM - 8:00PM
The Reuse Showcase

Audience – General Public
Ever had take-out and wish you could return your bowl for reuse?  Ever donated furniture and wondered what happens to it?  Ever wonder if there are people out there who care about waste and reuse as much as you do?  We are your people!  Join us to hear from some impressive reuse champions in MA. Featured organizations include:

  • Fresh Start Furniture Bank (Hudson, MA)
  • The Great Exchange (Devens, MA)
  • Recirclable (Arlington, MA)
  • Urban Missionaries, Our Lady of Hope (Worcester, MA)

Thursday, November 17, 2022
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Hidden in Plain Sight: Exploring Mattress and Textile Reuse and Recycling

Audience – General Public
Like the dense landscape of the Amazon Rainforest, the respective worlds of mattress and textile reuse and recycling are rich ecosystems full of resources and opportunity. Unlike the rainforest, they exist right here in our state – hidden in plain sight. Join us on a journey of discovery as we untangle the question of what happens to our donated textiles and the mattresses we can no longer send to landfill and incineration.  Where do they go? How are they reused or recycled? Who benefits? Featured organizations include:

  • More Than Words (textiles)
  • Helpsy (textiles)
  • HandUp (mattresses)
  • Tough Stuff Recycling (mattresses)

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Happy Halloween 🎃 and see you in November!

The Recycle Smart MA Team at MassDEP