Textiles and mattresses will be added to Massachusetts’ solid waste ban starting November 1st. This is part of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP) 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan where the goal is to reduce disposal statewide by 30 percent (from 5.7 million tons in 2018 to 4 million tons in 2030) over the next decade.
In order to reach the long-term goal of achieving a 90 percent reduction in disposal to 570,000 tons by 2050 mattresses, box springs and textiles will be added to the list of materials banned from disposal or transport for disposal in Massachusetts. This means that textiles and mattresses will no longer be able to go in the regular trash and instead will have to be recycled.
In addition, they are lowering the threshold on commercial organic/food waste to facilities generating more than one-half ton of these materials per week.
The Wellesley Recycling & Disposal Facility (RDF) is supplying food waste collection starter kits for your kitchen in an effort to increase food waste diversion from residential trash. Collecting your food waste separately keeps it out of a landfill and creates clean energy; furthermore, it’s easy.
Call the RDF ahead of time to reserve your no cost kit at 781-235-7600 x3345. Then, simply put all of your food waste (bones too!) in your bin at home. Then place it in the the green totters marked "FOOD WASTE" located by the trash compactors at the RDF. The food waste is then taken to a facility where it is turned into clean energy.
So get your kit and start diverting food waste today!
YES! The good news is that you CAN recycle greasy pizza boxes.
Greasy pizza boxes should be deposited in with the boxboard and chipboard, not with the cardboard and paper bags. The grease contamination on the cardboard pizza box degrades the fiber to the same value as most chipboard & boxboard.
Removing greasy pizza boxes from the cardboard and brown paper bags will maintain the high value of the clean non-greasy cardboard and brown paper bag fibers.