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Making Every Thread Count - A deep dive into textiles While clothing and other textiles do not belong in your recycling bin – that doesn’t mean they belong in the trash!Here’s a staggering fact: the amount of clothing that is thrown away each year in the United States has increased 43 percent between 2003 and...
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NEEDHAM, Mass. — Nearly all residents in Massachusetts say they recycle, but according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, about half of them are not recycling properly. Recycling contamination both costs cities and towns money and poses a potential threat to workers. To check what can be recycled in Massachusetts, go to RecycleSmartMA.org.
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NPR – August 21, 2019 – Every year, the average American goes through more than 250 pounds of plastic waste, and much of that comes from packaging. So what do we do with it all? Your recycling bin is part of the solution, but many of us are confused about what we should be putting in there. Read the...
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Wicked Local Winchester – April 22, 2019 – Winchester has kicked its recycling program up a notch. The effort is part of the state-wide initiative Recycle Smart by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which helps educate communities not only learn about recycling but about recycling correctly. Read the full story
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#BottleCapChallenge 2.0 - Put a lid on it Let’s talk about the #bottlecapchallenge.  In case you missed it – this is the latest social media craze that has people all around the world showing off their karate skills kicking lids off soda bottles. Yes, go ahead and google it (but don’t forget to come back...
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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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