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Presentation at 2016 Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses and Communities Conference

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  1. 1. What a Waste… •  Newburyport stats – Hauling and collec8ng – Tipping fees – Recycling payback So many other community needs for those dollars
  2. 2. Pilot •  141 families •  Weighing all discards – Organics – Recycling – “Special recycling” – Trash
  3. 3. Pilot taught us 1.  Enhance/Perfect Recycling 2.  CHaRM – new diversion streams 3.  Organics
  4. 4. Primary learning: Rip the bandage 4. Pay As You Throw •  Learn from our mistakes!
  5. 5. How this came about… •  San Francisco •  Aus8n •  Hammarby Sjostad •  Numerous Swedish towns of our size My Year(s) of Zero Waste
  6. 6. Since January 1, 2011
  7. 7. Blue Bag
  8. 8. Three Cs For change to happen: Conscience > Cost + (in)Convenience
  9. 9. Pilot taught us 1.  Enhance/Perfect Recycling 2.  CHaRM – new diversion streams 3.  Organics
  10. 10. 1. Perfect Recycling •  The Why and How •  Database •  Enforcement •  Workshops •  Email •  Games
  11. 11. 2. Organics & 3. CHaRM 2. Organics 3. Terracycle 3. Freecycle/ Facebook 3. Bulky/ Hard 3. Tex8les/ Shoes 3. Film plas8cs
  12. 12. Compos8ng – •  Backyard •  Indoor •  Curbside pick up - ideally, municipal facility (EPA) Pilot results – 50% - 80% reduc8on in trash weight* *Learn from our mistakes – don’t ask people to weigh!
  13. 13. How does it work? Organics Terracycle OTHER Freecycle/ Facebook Bulky/Hard Tex8les/ Shoes Film plas8cs
  14. 14. The Truth About Terracycle & Film Plas5cs
  15. 15. • tor8lla chip bags • pretzel bags • pita chip bags CHIP BAGS • bagel chip bags • soy crisp bags • salty snack bags
  16. 16. • pens • pen caps • mechanical pencils • markers • marker caps Wri5ng Instruments • highlighters • highlighter caps • permanent markers • permanent markers caps
  17. 17. • ANY BRAND Candy Wrappers • ANY SIZE *GUM wrappers separate!
  18. 18. • mascara tubes • eye shadow cases • shampoo bolles • condi8oner • bronzer/founda8on • body wash Personal Care & Beauty *Oral care SEPARATE • hand & face soap dispensers • lo8on dispensers, bolles, jars • chap s8ck tubes & lips8ck & lip liner • concealer tubes, concealer s8cks • hair gel tubes, hair paste jars • eyeliner cases & pencils ANY BRAND
  19. 19. • ANY BRAND Cheese Packaging • ANY SIZE • Singles packages and individual wraps • All flexible cheese wrappers • Shredded cheeses • String cheese • Grated cheeses
  20. 20. • ANY BRAND Oral Care • ANY SIZE • Toothpaste tubes and caps • Tooth brushes • Floss containers
  21. 21. • ANY BRAND Cookie Packaging • ANY SIZE • Cookie wrappers • Cookie bags • Inner plas8c trays
  22. 22. Plas5c Cards • Expired credit cards • Used gin cards • Hotel room “keys”
  23. 23. CDs and DVDs • Must be out of case!
  24. 24. CD jewel cases • CD/DVD disk must be taken out! • All paper and labels must be removed
  25. 25. VHS &CasseEe Tapes
  26. 26. Floppy Disks All sizes and formats!
  27. 27. KEYS
  28. 28. *Coffee bags
  29. 29. Reminder: The Truth About Terracycle & Film Plas5cs *Learn from our mistakes!
  30. 30. How does it work? Organics Terracycle OTHER Freecycle/ Facebook Bulky/Hard Tex8les/ Shoes Film plas8cs
  31. 31. Film Plas8cs – Trex (MB and Shaws) PLASTIC BAG RECYCLING IN RETAIL STORES ONLY NEVER PUT PLASTIC BAGS IN YOUR REGULAR MUNICIPAL RECYCLING BIN, OR PUT RECYCLABLES INSIDE PLASTIC BAGS. YES - DO RECYCLE IN STORES ONLY: •  Only bags that are empty, clean and dry. Remove receipts, coins, and trash. •  Grocery bags, produce bags •  Plastic newspaper bags (empty) •  Dry cleaning bags (no receipts/ staples) •  CLEANED, DRY sandwich/ Ziploc bags and bread bags •  Any plastic bag labeled with: “HDPE,” “PE-HD”, “LDPE,” “PE-LD,” “LLDPE” •  Retail bags (#2 or 4) with string/ hard plastic handles removed •  Plastic wrappers from toilet paper, paper towels, diapers •  Bags with sealed air for packaging (air cushion; deflate) •  Case wrap from cases of water •  Stretch wrap from furniture or electronics NO - DO NOT RECYCLE: •  NO bag with food in or on it •  NO garbage bags •  NO food or cling wrap (Saran) •  NO prepackaged food bags (frozen food or pre-washed salad) •  NO chip bags or candy wrappers •  NO cereal bags •  NO bubble wrap •  NO bags with paint or glue •  NO compostable plastic bags •  NO bag with a recycling symbol or # other than those described in the “yes” column For more about plastic bag recycling, visit www.plasticbagrecycling.org.
  32. 32. Film Plas8cs – Lou’s!
  33. 33. How does it work? Organics Terracycle OTHER Freecycle, FB, Dona8on List Bulky/Hard Tex8les/ Shoes Film plas8cs
  34. 34. Reuse/Repurpose
  35. 35. Dona8on List
  36. 36. On-Line Educa8on and Opportuni8es
  37. 37. How does it work? Organics Terracycle OTHER Freecycle/ Facebook Bulky/Hard Tex8les/ Shoes Film plas8cs
  38. 38. •  New streams – Styrofoam – Bulky plas8cs- ERI and MBTA events •  Malress flow chart - UTEC •  EcoSmith – tex8les --- curbside collec8on? •  Books
  39. 39. If I knew then…. •  Start with PAYT! – Universal mo8va8on to learn about diversion streams – Insulate town budget •  Changes in commodity markets •  Unwillingness to separate – Enforcement is not working – Use a vendor who takes all the responsibility

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