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Recycle Smart Team
Mercury (Batteries) Rising Whew – it’s been one hot summer!  Let’s talk about another “hot topic”: mercury.  Specifically, batteries that contain mercury. In this issue, we’re doing a deep dive into batteries (all kinds!) and what to do when you’re finished with them.First rule — NEVER put batteries of any kind in your household recycling...
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From Cans to Cars ... Aluminum and Steel are Infinitely Recyclable Metal food and beverage cans are probably the most readily recyclable items in our homes and workplaces.  But not everyone knows the difference between these two kinds of metals or what happens to them once they’re collected.“Tin cans” (think soup or canned vegetables) are...
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Is Recycling a Waste? It seems like every day another negative recycling story hits the news. Here’s a recent sampling:As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling (NY Times, 3/16/19);Recycling is a Dumpster Fire. Literally (On Point Radio, 3/14/19).   Is This the End of Recycling? (Atlantic Monthly, 3/4/19);Help, We’re Drowning in Recycling (Wall Street Journal, 3/2/19);U.S. Cities Have Nowhere...
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What Holiday Items Can You Recycle? Check out this short news clip from WWLP-22 featuring how to Recycle Smart this holiday season. From wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, to paper plates, napkins and utensils – your most pressing holiday recycling questions answered.Cheers!The Recycle Smart Team at MassDEP Facebook Twitter Instagram
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Wicked Local Randolph — December 4, 2018 — The Town of Randolph has announced ways to build a stronger Recycling Program by “Recycling Smart.” The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection launched a Recycle Smart campaign to help improve the quality of the material that is sorted for recycling. It is an effort to educate people about what can...
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Wicked Local Cohasset — November 21, 2018 —The holidays bring so much to look forward to: comforting meals and gift exchanges with friends and family, twinkling lights adorning the trees and homes along your street, packages on doorsteps, and greeting cards filling your mailbox. But have you ever stopped to think about the sheer number...
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South Coast Today — September 25, 2018 — People throughout Massachusetts are committed to recycling and want to do their part to protect our environment. But we may not always be aware that some things need to stay out of our curbside recycling bins. While we may think, “I’ll throw it in with the recycling...
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Chelsea Record — September 14, 2018 — People throughout Massachusetts are committed to recycling and want to do their part to protect our environment. But we may not always be aware that some things need to stay out of our curbside recycling bins. While we may think, “I’ll throw it in with the recycling and someone will...
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The Berkshire Eagle — August 24, 2018 — As restrictions on the import of recycled paper and plastics drive up recycling processing costs in America, a new state effort is attempting to increase recycling while also educating people about what can and cannot be recycled. Click here to read the full story.
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Commonwealth Magazine — August 22, 2018 — A new state effort is attempting to increase recycling and educate people about what can and cannot be recycled. As part of the Recycle Smart initiative, MassDEP developed the Recyclopedia, an app and website search function intended to help people determine whether a particular item or material can...
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