Gain Recognition for your Waste Reduction Efforts

By Matt Brodeur, Green Business Fellow

For most organizations, there is always room to reduce the amount of waste produced, whether it is food, cardboard, or hazardous materials. Businesses and institutions are motivated to reduce waste for a wide variety of reasons including economic and environmental concerns. But, often, reducing waste through prevention, reuse, or recycling is a thankless endeavor.

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WasteWise 2016 Fall Forum

Participants in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) and WasteWise programs gain the opportunity to receive recognition and a way to broadcast their achievements to customers and employees. While FRC specifically pertains to reducing wasted food, WasteWise rewards organizations for a broader range of solid waste materials. Both national programs are voluntary and free of cost for participants.

For existing participants, 2016 waste data and 2017 goals are due March 31, 2017. Participants in either program must submit their 2016 data and 2017 goals in order to stay active and maintain eligibility to receive awards. Enter data and goals by accessing your account on ReTRAC Connect.

For organizations that have not previously participated, you may register into the EPA SMM Database. Registering for the first time requires that you create a baseline assessment of your waste which will allow you to track your progress and achievements in reducing solid waste.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) sponsors Massachusetts WasteWise. By joining WasteWise, your organization can:Waste Reduction

  • Participate in twice yearly forums on waste reduction and recycling
  • Gain public recognition for successful waste reduction efforts
  • Network with other WasteWise member organizations
  • Use the Massachusetts WasteWise logo to promote environmental efforts
  • Receive technical assistance to implement its WasteWise strategies

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts organizes two WasteWise forums each year. For more information about Massachusetts WasteWise, or if you need assistance with setting up a composting or recycling program, call the RecyclingWorks hotline at (888) 254-5525 or send an email to

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