Waste Reduction

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center provides a range of services that help local establishments reduce waste and hauling costs, including:

  • Audits to identify recyclable or reusable waste streams and production efficiency opportunities;
  • Waste reduction plans that describe and prioritize strategies to decrease the amount of material sent to the landfill;
  • Establishment or expansion of recycle programs, including vendor negotiations, procedures, signage;
  • 96-gallon recycle totes for collecting paper and corrugated cardboard;
  • Educational materials and outreach activities to engage employees in recycling programs; and
  • Diversion of reusable materials that are not needed and avoid the disposal cost.

Recycle – Follow the Law and Save Money

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Ban requires proper recycling of a range of waste streams. Enforcement activities of this law (310 CMR 19.017) are increasing and solid waste haulers are prevented from dumping loads that include a significant amount of recyclable materials, including glass bottles and jars, metal containers, plastic containers with a recycle symbol, paper, cardboard, paperboard products, and batteries (lead-acid, rechargeable, and button).

In house recycling programs can facilitate compliance with this regulation as well as decrease a firm’s waste management costs by reducing the amount of solid waste that needs to be disposed. Programs that capture a significant amount of paper or plastic materials could even generate some revenue!

Organics Diversion 

A new commercial organics waste ban, that went info effect in 2014, prevents the disposal of more than one ton of organic waste per week.

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center can assist with diverting unserved and uneaten food scraps.  The technical assistance includes:

  • Site visit to assess logistics, identify materials and quantity that can be diverted
  • Collection of waste data and calculation of cost analysis/projection
  • Assistance with hauler identification, arrangement and negotiations
  • Staff training and customized signage.

Resources for restaurant and meeting facility managers:

Our resources can help you understand what’s involved and how a program can fit in your venue. We have an overview of why you should consider implementing a compost program. “How to compost” is another fact sheet that covers frequently asked questions, program implementation and logistics, employee education, post evaluation, and more. This resource also includes a worksheet that can be used to identify materials to be diverted from the trash and estimate new disposal costs with the compost program and potentially improved recycling.