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Groups Call for Zero Waste Master Plan

(Boston, MA) On the eve of the Commonwealth’s drafting of their next Solid Waste Master Plan, several organizations are calling for robust changes to that Plan, including a clear and enforceable commitment to policies that enact zero waste. “We cannot recycle our way out of the disposal problems in Massachusetts,” said Janet Domenitz, MASSPIRG Executive Director, who provided editorial support to a national report entitled Trash in America earlier this year.  “We need to turn the garbage truck around, and commit to a goal of zero waste.”

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Trash in Massachusetts: State of the State

After decades of focusing on the 'recycling' part of reduce, reuse, recycle, it's time to step back and truly consider the first mandate in that mantra: Reduce. We cannot recycle our way out of all the waste we create. As the attached national report chronicles, we are trashing our health and our environment by producing too much stuff, most of which ends up in landfills, incinerators, or as litter. It's time to fully embrace the goal of zero waste here in Massachusetts and around the country. This state of the state provides a synopsis of the problems we face and the solutions we should pursue in the Commonwealth.

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60 Groups call on Boston City Council to Ban Plastics Bags

The undersigned group of 60 community organizations, advocates, membership groups, and business leaders in have united to urge the City Council to pass the proposed Ordinance Regarding the Reduction of Plastic Bags in Boston (Chapter 17-19). The Ordinance will significantly advance the City’s Zero Waste goals, and it will bring economic benefits to the city’s businesses, consumers, and taxpayers. Over the past two years over 50 cities and towns in Massachusetts have passed laws to reduce plastic waste. Now it is Boston’s turn.

Boston to Consider Plastic Ban Bag

By | Janet Domenitz
Executive Director

More than 60 community organizations, advocates, membership groups, and business leaders have united to urge the Boston City Council to pass the proposed Ordinance Regarding the Reduction of Plastic Bags in Boston (Chapter 17-19). The Ordinance will significantly advance the City’s Zero Waste goals, and it will bring economic benefits to the city’s businesses, consumers, and taxpayers. Over the past two years over 50 cities and towns in Massachusetts have passed laws to reduce plastic waste. Now it is Boston’s turn.

Testimony in favor of Banning Plastic Bags in Boston

By | Janet Domenitz
Executive Director

MASSPIRG urges Boston City Council to support the bag ban. Single use plastic bags are the shameful hallmark of a society that has become over dependent on things we don’t need. Nothing we use for five minutes should end up polluting our environment for hundreds of years.

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Springfield Passes Resolution Opposing Repeal of the Bottle Bill

In an important demonstration of support for container deposits, the Springfield City Council unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the Massachusetts Bottle Bill on Monday, June 6th.  

Oppose Bottle Bill Repeal

By | Janet Domenitz
Executive Director

As experts in environmental protection, public health, conservation, water quality and waste reduction, we are unanimous in our opposition to House Bill 646 -- which would repeal Massachusetts' successful Bottle Bill recycling program.

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Southbridge Landfill Petition

On January 22nd, 2016, citizens from Sturbridge, Charlton and Southbridge will deliver the attached petition to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Environment and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. I need your help to get as many signatures as possible.

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Southbridge Landfill Petition

As part of MASSPIRG's opposition to the Southbridge Landfill, we've collected signatures on a petition to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency in January 2016. You can download the attached petition here.

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