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Let's Talk about Plastic: Are My Take-Out Containers All Trash? Dear Wicked Smart Recycler, I just found out black plastic isn’t recyclable and my go-to restaurant uses black plastic take-out containers. I want to support local businesses during this critical time. Help! What do I do? Sincerely, Eco-conscious Foodie Dear Eco-conscious Foodie, First off, kudos to you. It’s wonderful...
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No Matter How You Slice It : American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA): paperrecycles.orgThe paper recycling mill called… they want your pizza boxes.  Ok, maybe you haven’t received the call personally (yet) but the U.S. box manufacturing industry wants Americans to know that their pizza boxes, including the grease and stuck-on cheese, are a valuable feedstock...
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Massachusetts’ Recycle Smart Tackles Contamination With Education Waste 360 – August 3, 2020 – Several years ago, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) convened a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss contamination of waste—it had become apparent that levels were rising to concerning levels, especially in single stream recycling.Read the full story.
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Let's talk about plastic (part 2)... Dear Wicked Smart Recycler, I get that you can only recycle plastic bottles, jugs, jars and tubs here in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, my favorite coffee comes in a non-recyclable plastic pouch. It’s #PlasticFreeJuly and I don’t know what to do – help! Sincerely, Struggling Coffee Addict ​Dear Struggling Coffee Addict,First off, kudos to...
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Let's talk about plastic... Dear Wicked Smart Recycler, I recently watched a special about plastic recycling and now my head is spinning. I found out that all of the plastic that I’ve been recycling is either ending up in the ocean or going to developing countries where it is being burned or dumped. When I...
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A Day in the Life at a Recycling Facility Meet Moe. Okay, his real name is Ed but “Ed Says No” just didn’t have the same ring to it. You may recognize Ed (er, Moe) from the Recycle Smart social channels reminding you what wacky items shouldn’t go in your recycling bin. Ed is the plant manager...
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Happy Earth Day, Recyclers!It’s the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and boy, have we come a long way since the first one. Let’s take a quick trip back, shall we?The 1960s were a period of environmental awakening. With Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring highlighting the negative effects of pollution on public health, the spark to protect the planet (and...
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Massachusetts ​Trash & Recycling Updates During COVID-19 Trash and Recycling Are “Essential Services” Under Governor Baker’s Executive OrderWhile we are all adjusting to the “new normal”, many folks are wondering if anything has changed with recycling. Good news.  Collection of trash and recycling is considered an “essential service” under Governor Baker’s executive order, meaning most trash...
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Cooped up at Home? Tips to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Compost ​ 📷: @ecowithem Inspired by our friends at the City of Cambridge, the Recycle Smart Team wanted to share some tips for how to reduce waste while you are practicing social distancing. You may be getting less use out of your reusable coffee tumbler lately, but...
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Breaking up with Single-Use Plastics We wouldn’t normally recommend breaking up on Valentine’s Day – but when we reflect on our love/hate relationship with single-use plastics – sometimes enough is enough. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) produced a Public Service Announcement in 2018 as part of their #CleanSeas campaign to reflect on this “challenging” relationship. In...
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