Available resources for Massachusetts colleges and universities:
- MassRecycle Campus Collaborative (MRCC) brings together campus stakeholders (from sustainability, facilities and other departments) from across the commonwealth to facilitate information-sharing and networking that enhances intra-campus collaboration and drives recycling, zero waste, and waste reduction goals. The vision is to co-create and operationalize more sustainable and efficient waste management programs for campuses across the commonwealth.
- RecyclingWorks MA is a recycling assistance program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and delivered under contract by the Center for EcoTechnology that helps businesses and institutions reduce waste and maximize recycling, reuse, and food recovery opportunities. Waste reduction activities like recycling and composting can help decrease environmental impact, save money, improve employee morale, and respond to customer demands for sustainable practices.
RecyclingWorks College & University webpages | College and University Forums
- Campus Race to Zero Waste is an annual waste diversion competition and benchmarking tool. It’s great for both campuses who are new to the waste reduction, recycling, or zero-waste space and those who are long time veterans. “Since 2001 over 1,000 colleges and universities across the US and Canada have participated. During the 2020 competition 4.5 million students and staff from 300 U.S. and Canadian campuses recycled and composted 48.6 million pounds, stopped 380 million plastics containers from going to the landfill, preventing the release of 70,875 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing the annual emissions from 15,047 cars.”
- Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is an organization that supports zero waste efforts on college campuses (and is especially great for students). PLAN host a students for zero waste conference every year.
- Plastic Reduction Partners Pledge is a pledge and certification program to advance plastic-reduction efforts on campus. The program is very comprehensive and is eligible for AASHE STARS innovation credit.