Massachusetts Issues New Bid for Recycling Containers
Massachusetts DEP has closed its bid for a variety of recycling containers. Five primary categories include wheeled carts, curbside set-out containers, home composting bins, kitchen scrap buckets and public spaces recycling baskets. DEP also sought pricing for the following seven alternative end-use categories: Construction & Demolition Waste Collection, Institutional Food Waste Collection, Residential Curbside Organics (Food Waste) Collection, Public Spaces Recycling, Office Building and Multi-Family Recycling, Residence, Apartments and Workspaces, and Rainwater Collection and Diversion. Selected vendors will be notified shortly and will be posted on DEP's web site.
Massachusetts 4th Annual Organics Summit Draws Regional Audience
Massachusetts DEP's Fourth Organics Recycling Summit, "Links in the Chain," drew an audience of 175 attendees from all six New England states and New York and New Jersey. Nine sponsors and 18 exhibitors funded the full day event. Presentations from food waste generators (facility managers), haulers and processor/composters, provided the audience with case studies and examples of partnerships among the links in the chain that reduce food waste. DEP plans to post presentations on its web site. DEP presented the conference with a newly produced DRAFT "Hauler Brochure" that it developed in collaboration with haulers and U.S. EPA's WasteWise Program that can be used by haulers to foster business from food waste generators.
Fall River Business Recycling Program
The City of Fall River was awarded a grant by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to implement a business recycling initiative in Fall River. Mayor Edward M. Lambert, Jr. held a press conference on May 10, 2004 to announce the start of the program and the partnership with the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce in this effort to offer Fall River businesses convenient and cost-effective recycling options. Included in the grant is technical assistance provided by WasteCap of Massachusetts. Three recycling companies responded to WasteCap's solicitation for proposals from companies interested in providing recycling services to Fall River businesses. E.O.M.S. Recycling Inc, and AAA Recycling, both of Massachusetts and CleanScape of Rhode Island were spotlighted at a Chamber Breakfast Briefing where they presented a list of their recycling services to those attending the event. Although these three companies will be promoted in the marketing of the program, businesses that are interested in recycling are free to retain a recycling service provider of their choice.
The Fall River Business Recycling Program project team includes Betsey Westell, City of Fall River Recycling Program Manager, Peter F. Kortright, President and CEO of the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce, Marc Fournier, Director, WasteCap of Massachusetts, and Edith DeMello, Project Manager, DEP.
Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan & Agency Sustainability Guide
In conjunction with the release last week of the Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan by Governor Romney and Commonwealth Development Secretary Douglas Foy, I am pleased to announce the formal release of the Massachusetts State Sustainability Agency Sustainability Planning and Implementation Guide and the Massachusetts Greenhouse Gas Inventory for State Agencies.
The Governor's Climate Protection Plan calls on state government to take a leadership role in helping the Commonwealth to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2010 and 10% below 1990 levels by 2020. As part of that effort, the Governor has called on state agencies to reduce their own emissions by 25% by 2012 and introduce and expand a host of efforts, including but not limited to, expanding green building efforts, increasing energy efficiency, reducing waste, and using renewable energy and alternative fuels.
To ensure that these goals are met, the State Sustainability Program, created in 2002, and member agencies developed and released today the first edition of the Agency Sustainability Guide. This guide contains information and recommendations on eight different environmental categories, and a road map to help state agencies develop sustainability plans and programs. Additionally, the State Sustainability Program, housed at the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, prepared and released today the first comprehensive inventory of Massachusetts agency greenhouse gas emissions.