For those of us working in the recycling industry, improving quality has become a priority. The question is: How do we clean up the recycling stream and do it cost-effectively and quickly?
National nonprofit organization The Recycling Partnership is teaming up with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and communities across the state to answer that very question.
Working hand in hand with Recycling Partnership staff and MassDEP, the Massachusetts municipalities of West Springfield, Lowell, Needham and Holden will implement a set of best management practices this spring and summer. The goal of the pilot initiatives is to lead each community toward reduced contamination and high levels of program participation and to vet this approach for use across Massachusetts and, ultimately, across the U.S.
Each community was carefully selected to help create a collection of programs that would represent the U.S. municipal recycling landscape across the country, and both curbside and drop-off systems were included. Each will assist in measuring key quality and quantity metrics before and after the pilot projects. In each case, the local hauler and materials recovery facility (MRF) are fully on board and engaged.