MASSPIRG along with Conservation Law Foundation, Community Action Works and Clean Water Action have released “Garbage in Massachusetts,” a brief description of waste and how it is disposed of in Massachusetts. This outline on trash in Massachusetts is part of our Zero Waste Campaign. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is in the process of drafting the Commonwealth’s 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan, which will serve as the blueprint for how we deal with waste for the next decade.
Our coalition is calling on the DEP to make this master plan a "Zero Waste Master Plan", with a goal of getting to zero by 2030.
Key findings of the report include:
1-Zero waste is achievable, and is already a policy goal set by cities (such as San Francisco), states (such as Vermont), and countries (such as Sweden).
2-Disposal of waste is dirty, polluting, expensive, and unsustainable. While we use the term ‘throw away’, there is no ‘away.’ All waste is either burned in incinerators, buried in landfills, or becomes litter. There is nothing good about any of that.
3-We know that close to 80% of what we dispose of could be diverted, reduced, reused, recycled or altogether eliminated if we simply made the commitment..we do not need to invent anything new or unknown.