MFA NEWS SCAN OCTOBER 12, 2015

MFA NEWS SCAN OCTOBER 12, 2015


- Monday, October 19, 2015



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LEARN ABOUT US ZERO BUSINESS WASTE CERTIFICATION

Learn about the USZWBC Zero Waste Business Facility certification by attending the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council’s (www.uszwbc.org) ZWBA Scorecard 101 Training Course Thursday, November 5th!  This course will outline the history of USZWBC, the definition of Zero Waste, what are considered to be Zero Waste policies and programs, and provide a detailed explanation of the USZWBC Scorecard Certification System for Zero Waste facilities.  The Training also will provide educational resources and tools to help businesses get started (or complete) their efforts to pursue Zero Waste.  This course is a requirement for those interested in pursuing the professional Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) Certification; however, enrollment is open to anyone interested in learning more about the USZWBC Zero Waste Business Certification and how to better understand the Scorecard Certification System.  An application to the ZWBA program is required to attend the course.  Space is limited and the course may sell out, so register TODAY at http://www.uszwbc.org/!!  Early bird registration discounts end Thursday, October 29th. Additional discounts are available for USZWBC members.  When: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 9:30am – 4:00pm, Registration opens at 9:00am, there will be security check point.  Where: US Environmental Protection Agency, 5 Post Office Square #100, Boston, MA 02109.http://www.epa.gov/region1/directions/index.html.  Organized by: U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Event webpage: http://uszwbc.org/events/zwbatrainingboston.  Contact: 949-724-1060 or info@uszwbc.org.

 

MA WASTEWISE FORUM: DEPACKAGING AND FOOD DONATION

This is excellent opportunity to learn what others are doing to enhance their waste reduction programs through food donation and gain information to improve your own program. 

When:  8:30 am - 12:00 pm, November 19, 2015 Where: EPA Northeast Regional Offices

11 Technology Drive, North Chelmsford, MA 01863.  Who Should Attend: Businesses and institutions with food donation potential and depackaging needs, waste haulers, and donation organizations.  Waste professionals and WasteWise member organizations are always welcome.  Cost: Free.  RSVP: RecyclingWorks: info@recyclingworksma.com or (413) 586-7350 x 240.  Attendance is limited and is on a first come first serve basis.  Registration is necessary, as proper identification and security screening will be required to enter the EPA premises.  Complete forum agenda soon to follow.  What is WasteWise?  WasteWise is a free, voluntary program that helps organizations reduce costly solid waste, benefitting their bottom line and the environment.  Wastewise members receive recognition through periodic WasteWise awards.  It’s flexible and allows members to custom design waste reduction programs to fit their needs.  EPA WasteWise is working with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to provide more assistance to Massachusetts organizations.  For more information on the WasteWise Program visit http://www.recyclingworksma.com/wastewise/.

 

LOCAL ISSUES

GREENFIELD, MA – To vote on three non-binding questions at Town Meeting in November to ban plastic bags, ban polystyrene and ban bottled water;

WELLESLEY, MA – Held a meeting for residence on September 25 to discuss a plastic bag ban;

SOMERVILLE, MA – Town officials continue to contemplate a plastic bag ban.

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MFA NEWS SCAN OCTOBER 12, 2015


- Monday, October 19, 2015



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