Category: Environment

Don’t Throw Away Used Textiles…No Matter How Nasty They Are!

Every year in the US, we generate more than 258 million tons of municipal solid waste.  Just over 16 million tons of that—or about 6%—are textile items.  The vast majority of those items can be recycled.  Sadly, they aren’t.  Nearly 85% of textile waste ends up being tossed in the trash bin.  Only 15% are…

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Head-to-Head Comparison in Maine: How Does PAYT Stack Up?

We routinely tell cities and towns that a bag-based pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) system will cut residential trash by 44%.  We’re confident in that number because that’s what the data we’ve collected over the years tells us.  Recently, we decided to put that number to the test once again and perform a head-to-head comparison of towns with…

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Second Life: WasteZero’s Operation to Recycle Used Plastic Film

When WasteZero launched back in 1991, one of our goals was to make plastic trash bags from recycled materials.  We started by working with local schools to collect used plastic grocery bags, which the company used as a source material.  Fast forward to 2018, and WasteZero is still recycling plastic, but on a much bigger…

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How Cutting Trash Cuts Greenhouse Gases

In the US, we generate a lot of trash.  During 2014, the latest year reported by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US generated 258 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW).  Of that amount, 169 million tons were landfilled or incinerated.  About 89 million tons, or 34.6%, were recycled or composted.1 Recycling or…

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“Inevitably, Landfills Always Fail”

The third segment of the solid waste episode of Chronicle, the Boston TV news magazine, opens with some pretty grim statistics about the state of waste disposal in Massachusetts. As WasteZero’s Stephen Lisauskas explains, landfill space is quickly dwindling in Massachusetts: while there were more than 300 landfills operating in the 1980s, there are only 7 today….

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The Power of a Banana Peel

If you easily could decrease the amount of trash you create by almost 20% and dramatically reduce the amount of dangerous greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, would you do it? The second segment of the Boston TV news program that focused on trash looks at how the growing trend of food scrap diversion holds…

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“A Perfect Storm–of Garbage”

We’ve been saying for a while that there’s a trash crisis in the U.S., with excess garbage putting the environment at risk and draining municipal coffers. It’s why we’re so committed to cutting waste and increasing recycling. And now a television news program out of Boston has come to the same conclusion. The program, Chronicle, dedicated all of last…

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B Corps and Best for the Environment

Being a certified B Corp means a lot to us at WasteZero, so we’re especially pleased that for the second year running, we’ve been named to the nonprofit B Lab’s “Best for the Environment” list–an honor reserved for just 116 companies in the top 10% of certified B Corps for environmental impact. WasteZero’s environmental score of 43 puts…

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Natick, Mass., and the Environmental Benefits of Pay-as-You-Throw

You’ve heard us say before that pay-as-you-throw is good for the environment. And there’s a reason for that: cutting the amount of trash we throw away and recycling more reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves energy. That’s true on a global and national scale, but it’s no less true at the scale of individual towns…

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What It Means to Be “Best for the Environment”

Last week, on Earth Day, WasteZero was named to the 2014 B Corp “Best for the Environment” list. That’s an exciting honor, for sure—it only goes to the companies with an “environmental impact score” in the top 10% of all certified B Corps (already a high-performing bunch). In fact, WasteZero scored 43 for environmental impact,…

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