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Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
Big Y Foods Recognized
On September 18th, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan presented Big Y Foods in Franklin with an Energy Recognition and Supermarket Recycling Program certificate to acknowledge their leadership in energy efficiency, recycling, and composting. The store features advanced temperature controls, efficient lighting design, and a rooftop solar array, which will offset 15 percent of its power.
Headquartered in Springfield, Big Y is one of the largest independently-owned supermarket chains in New England; they operate 66 locations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 10,000 employees. Big Y Foods Inc. has achieved chain-wide certification from MassDEP for the Supermarket Recycling Program, signifying that more than 80 percent of Big Y stores have programs in place to divert organics, cardboard, and shrink wrap from disposal. Their recycling program helps each participating store save thousands of dollars a year in avoided disposal costs.
For more information, contact John Fischer.
“RecyclingWorks” Program Launched
In April, MassDEP announced the Recycling Works in Massachusetts Program, a new initiative to provide businesses and institutions with the information and assistance they need to reduce waste and recycle. The Program is funded by MassDEP and administered by the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), which will coordinate with the Massachusetts WasteWise Program.
Statewide services include a hotline and e-mail address to help answer businesses’ questions about starting new recycling programs or improving existing ones. The website includes a searchable recycling service-provider database and guidance materials based on material type and business sector. The Program will provide technical assistance, including site visits and workshops, for specific businesses, business sectors, and chambers of commerce. It will initially focus on increasing food waste diversion from supermarkets, colleges and universities, and hotels.
Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)
Grants for Community Groups
TURI awarded $75,000 to five Massachusetts community organizations for educating the public about safer products and methods and how to avoid the negative health effects of toxic chemicals. Project leaders will promote safer alternatives for consumers, dry cleaning shops, and hair and nail salons. The grantees and their projects are:
For more information, contact Joy Onasch.
Safer Alternatives Research
TURI has awarded four grants to University of Massachusetts Lowell faculty to conduct research that identifies and tests less hazardous substances used in resins, nail polish, disinfectants, and photovoltaic processing. This year’s grant recipients are:
For more information, contact Pam Eliason.
Major U.N. Report on Toxics
The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) launched the Global Chemicals Outlook on September 5th, with press conferences in Nairobi, Mexico City, Geneva, and New York, and an announcement in more than a thousand news outlets, with coverage in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Chinese. TURI Policy Program Manager Rachel Massey presented at the New York event and is quoted in a number of articles, including in USA Today and The Guardian.
The Global Chemicals Outlook examines global trends in chemical production, use, and disposal, and identifies opportunities to reduce risks to human health and the environment. It highlights the economic burdens that can be caused by preventable chemical exposures, and explores the economic benefits of green chemistry; toxics use reduction; and other innovative approaches to chemical management.