MassDEP Recycle Smart Partnership

MassDEP Recycle Smart Partnership
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Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced a groundbreaking, statewide recycling education initiative to reduce contamination in recycling by asking residents to "do their part and recycle smart." We are inviting you to become our partner in this effort.

The cornerstone of this initiative is our new website called http://RecycleSmartMA.org that features the “Smart Recycling Guide." The Guide identifies the four categories of materials that every materials recovery facility (MRF) across the state accepts:

  • Mixed paper and cardboard
  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, jars, jugs, and tubs

The guide also identifies the top five contaminants that MRFs do not want in recycling loads and explains that these materials should be managed in other ways. The top five contaminants are:

  • Bagged recyclables and bagged garbage
  • Loose plastic bags/plastic wrap
  • Food and liquids
  • Clothing or linens
  • ''Tanglers" - hoses, wires, chains, strings of lights, etc.

The website includes the "Recyclopedia" search tool, where residents can search for hundreds of items (from paper bags to pizza boxes) to find out how to properly manage them.  There is also a

video showing the recycling sorting process inside a MRF and answers to frequently asked questions about why and how to recycle smart. But, the most important element of this initiative is your participation and partnership in helping to get the word out about smart recycling.

Sign up to be our Partner! Community partners will receive resources to help raise awareness of the Recycle Smart initiative. Go to the Partner page on http://RecycleSmartMA.org to sign up.