Gretchen and Waneta talk with Paul Franceschi of the Boston Area Gleaners about gleaning: the harvesting of surplus farm crops to preventing waste and expand local food access. Paul talks about their work and how they were able to help when the world needed it most in 2020.
Learn about existing programs and new ways to help make colleges and universities become more sustainable. Gretchen and Waneta talk with Alex Freid, founder of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), In 2013 Alex and his fellow college students witnessed a systemic waste problem on their campus and developed the first student-led, financially self-sustaining Zero Waste move-out program of its kind. Other campuses wanted to replicate the program and from there, PLAN was born. Years later, out of PLAN, the ATLAS Zero Waste plan was created. Hear from Williams College student fellows Rika Nakato and Lauren Lynch as they discuss the ongoing ATLAS pilot.
Gretchen and Waneta learn all about the stormwater system and its many intersections of waste management from MassDEP pro Laura Schifman. More info here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stormwater
Gretchen and Waneta interview Graeme Durovich, Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator on the Island of Nantucket about the specific challenges of creating waste on an island. They cover special rules, litter issues, seasonal changes, and other topics that make Nantucket a unique waste environment. Nantucket-ma.gov/242/solid-waste-recycling
In MA, bags do not belong in the bin, but there is a system for recycling them. Gretchen and Waneta learn all about how plastic bags can find a second life as composite lumber during this interview with Stephanie Hicks from Trex.com Wondering if your local grocery store is really collecting for recycling? Tune in- there is a list available to the public!
Gretchen and Waneta are joined by Reagan Bissonnette of the NRRA (Northeast Resource Recovery Association) to talk about the effect of Covid 19 on recyclable material, the recycling industry, and the commodities markets.
Gretchen and Waneta interview Khrysti Smyth Barry from the Center for EcoTechnology about their many free resources available to businesses and property managers. Learn about opportunities for guidance and helpful tools to recycle more, lower food waste, save energy, and conserve water on this podcast and at www.RecyclingWorksMA.com
Recently the media has pointed out the connection between Big Oil and recycling, leaving you to believe that recycling is a scam. Guest speakers from Preserve, Rehrig Pacific, and GreenLabs Recycling explain how the industry has come a long way since then.
Gretchen and Waneta get into the weeds with Patti Howard from Covanta, discussing unusual opportunities for reuse and diversion as well as things that really shouldn't go to a waste-to-energy facility.
Gretchen and Waneta talk to former Board Member, Phil Goddard about community relations from a municipal perspective.