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In our trash talking blog, we write about trends, tips, and issues in the waste and environmental sustainability world. We hope you'll find something useful to help your company be more sustainable. If you want us to explore something or ask a question, contact us!

Food Waste Ban in Massachusetts will affect commercial businesses on July 1st

By The Team | January 13, 2014
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The State of Massachusetts has put forth one of the most aggressive food waste bans in the country, scheduled to take effect July 1, 2014.  If you are a commercial business operating in Massachusetts and you generate more than one (1) ton of food waste each week, you can no longer just throw it all…

Mandatory Food Scrap Recycling in Connecticut

By The Team | January 6, 2014
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Starting last week, all businesses in Connecticut that generate more than two (2) tons of food scraps per week are required to send those scraps to an organic composting facility, if such a facility is located within twenty (20) miles.  Currently, there are only three (3) such facilities in the state, but they have made…

Delaware Enforces Universal Recycling

By The Team | January 2, 2014
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Starting yesterday, all commercial businesses in Delaware will be required to participate in the state’s universal recycling program.  Delaware has set a goal of 50% landfill diversion by 2015.  Landfill diversion of commercial waste (which makes up 50% of the State’s total municipal solid waste) has remained to stagnate at 26% since 2006.  State officials…

Let’s All Try to be A Little Greener this Holiday Season

By The Team | November 27, 2013
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The holiday season is upon us and retailers everywhere have started their campaigns to get us all into their stores to buy the latest and greatest toys, gadgets, clothes, you name it, they’re trying to convince you to buy it.  This year we are challenging you to think about reducing and reusing when it comes…

How the Way We Think Influences the Way We Recycle

By The Team | October 3, 2013
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It seems there exists a certain recycling bias in our collective psyche in regards to what we “think” is recyclable versus what actually is recyclable.  A marketing professor from Boston University, Remi Trudel, has discovered that we make unconscious decisions when it comes to recycling based upon our “perception of usefulness”.  You can read the…

Why Plant Native?

By The Team | September 24, 2013
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Fall is a great time of year to get outside when it isn’t so hot out there and get to planting all of those wonderful trees, shrubs and flowers that our native to your area.  Planting right now gives the roots enough time to start growing and get nice and warm and happy down in…

Recycle Your Electronics!

By The Team | September 17, 2013
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Why is recycling old electronics important? In the world we live in today it seems our electronics are outdated before we have even had time to finish setting up the one we just bought.  Electronics consumption is a vicious cycle.  We are constantly bombarded with the newest, flashiest pieces of tech on the market driving…

Compost! Everybody’s Doing It!

By The Team | September 5, 2013
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It seems every time you turn around these days some business or city has implemented a new plan for composting; I bet you even have a neighbor or two with a compost pile in their backyard.  It is something very simple to do and the benefits are countless!  Start one in your backyard today!  You…

Paper Recycling

By The Team | August 29, 2013
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Paper, specifically newspaper, can be credited with kick starting the curbside recycling industry. Forty (40) years ago when curbside recycling was just beginning to take shape it all centered around newspapers because back then newspaper was everywhere.  There wasn’t social media, 24-hour coverage or news apps on cell phones. For everyone to keep up-to-date with…

Stopping Junk Mail

By The Team | August 8, 2013
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Are you as tired as we are of seeing our mailboxes overflowing with nothing but useless and unwanted junk?  Credit card offers, catalogs, advertisements, the endless stream of junk mail that fills our mailboxes on daily basis is not only ridiculous, but it is also slowly depleting our natural resources.  From the trees it takes…