Beyond Burn & Bury: Moving Mass Towards Zero Waste

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Janet Domenitz
Executive Director

Author: Janet Domenitz

Executive Director

(617) 747-4320

Started on staff: 1980
B.A., magna cum laude, Brandeis University.

Janet has been the executive director of MASSPIRG since 1990 and directs programs on consumer protection, zero waste and recycling, health and safety, public transportation, and voter participation. Janet has co-founded or led coalitions, including Earth Day Greater Boston, Campaign to Update the Bottle Bill and the Election Modernization Coalition. Janet serves as vice president for the Consumer Federation of America; and serves on the Common Cause Massachusetts executive committee, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow board of directors, and Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Advisory Committee. For her work, Janet has received Common Cause’s John Gardner Award and Salem State University’s Friend of the Earth Award. Janet lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her husband and two sons and every Wednesday morning she slow-runs the steps at Harvard Stadium with the November Project.

Started on staff: 1980
B.A., magna cum laude, Brandeis University.

 

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is in the final stages of drafting the Commonwealth’s 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan (SWMP), which will serve as the blueprint for how Massachusetts deals with waste for the next decade. In February our coalition, Zero Waste Massachusetts, sent Governor Baker, Secretary Theorharides, and Commissioner Suuberg a letter calling on Governor Baker to make the goal of zero waste a priority for his administration, and to iterate that goal clearly and ambitiously in the final Master Plan. 

Included, is a recently released report, entitled  “Beyond Burn and Bury: Moving Mass. Towards Zero Waste.” This report includes data describing the harm being caused to our health and environment by Massachusetts’ waste disposal, via incinerators and landfills. The report details how we can and must move away from that infrastructure and towards zero waste, and  concludes with ten recommendations for how we get there. While the Solid Waste Master Plan is the province of the DEP, a number of the crucial recommendations we support require action from the Legislature, such as reducing single use plastics, updating the container deposit law, and enacting producer responsibility legislation. 

Janet Domenitz
Executive Director

Author: Janet Domenitz

Executive Director

(617) 747-4320

Started on staff: 1980
B.A., magna cum laude, Brandeis University.

Janet has been the executive director of MASSPIRG since 1990 and directs programs on consumer protection, zero waste and recycling, health and safety, public transportation, and voter participation. Janet has co-founded or led coalitions, including Earth Day Greater Boston, Campaign to Update the Bottle Bill and the Election Modernization Coalition. Janet serves as vice president for the Consumer Federation of America; and serves on the Common Cause Massachusetts executive committee, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow board of directors, and Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Advisory Committee. For her work, Janet has received Common Cause’s John Gardner Award and Salem State University’s Friend of the Earth Award. Janet lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her husband and two sons and every Wednesday morning she slow-runs the steps at Harvard Stadium with the November Project.

Started on staff: 1980
B.A., magna cum laude, Brandeis University.