WasteWise Spring Forum: Helping More Businesses Waste Less

By Matt Brodeur, Green Business Fellow

Photos Courtesy of Ben Coe

On May 9, Gillette Stadium hosted RecyclingWorks in MA, MassDEP, and US EPA for the WasteWise Spring Forum on food recovery across the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy.

RecyclingWorks organizes the WasteWise Forums which take place in the spring and fall each year and span a range of solid waste, recycling, and food waste topics for businesses and institutions. The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) administers RecyclingWorks, a MassDEP funded program which assists businesses and institutions with establishing recycling and composting programs.

Bronson Green, Site Operations Manager for Gillette Stadium

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Unpacking Food Waste

By Matt Brodeur, Green Business Fellow

Some quantity of spoiled and damaged foods are an unfortunate but inevitable part of supermarket and food manufacturing operations. Being able to keep these food products out of landfills has been a challenge given that many foods are sealed in packaging. However, BioCycle details how one Massachusetts company, E.L. Harvey & Sons Inc., invested in mechanical separation technology to remove packaging from food. E.L. Harvey received a grant through MassDEP’s Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program which enabled them to purchase and install the separator.

Depackaging Food Waste

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Creative Reuse: Sink Planter

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

Are you looking for a creative way to spruce up your garden? Do you love upcycling? We have the perfect project for you! We turned this old pastel sink into a beautiful garden planter in just a few easy steps.

Materials: 

  • An old sink
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  • Soil
  • Compost (optional, but will help your plants grow!)
  • Flowers
  • Water

Steps:

  1. Pick out your sink

You can do this project with an old sink that you have lying around your house, or you can purchase a used sink and help keep waste out of the landfill! We got ours from EcoBuilding Bargains for only $25! They have a wide variety of pastel sinks available. We chose this pretty pink sink because it went best with the rest of our garden.

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How to Plan a Zero Waste Event

By Lexie Vining, Outreach and Education Fellow 

At CET, we are proud of the work we do to help people and businesses reduce their waste. When planning our recent 2nd Annual EcoBuilding BBQ, we made sure that it was a zero waste event from start to finish! The theme was to connect with community members to celebrate spring, going green and re-use. We had a variety of ongoing events such as vermicomposting, crafts and upcycling demonstrations. It was all conveniently located at EcoBuilding Bargains, which is the largest used building materials store in New England. Listed below are the steps we took to create a zero waste event! If you are interested in reducing waste at your events, please consider the suggestions below!

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Second Annual EcoBuilding BBQ Recap

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

This past Saturday, we hosted our second annual EcoBuilding Barbeque! This public event, sponsored by PeoplesBank, was our way of celebrating spring, reuse, and waste reduction. Activities took place in the EcoBuilding Bargains lumber yard and we were thrilled with the gorgeous weather and a great turnout, with over 500 guests in attendance! DJ Kevin Legends did a phenomenal job playing music for us all to enjoy, and The Holyoke Hummus Company provided some delicious Mediterranean food.

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