The Commonwealth continues to face a solid waste crisis. We are running out of landfill space, and trash and recycling costs are going up fast for municipalities. Everyone wants to reduce waste, so we need a plan to handle the various types of trash.
In the 1980s, many municipalities started curbside recycling, and in 1993, the state began making recycling mandatory (by banning recyclables from your trash). Municipal recycling has been largely successful, diverting roughly 30 percent statewide, according to data from the state Department of Environmental Protection, a rate that remains stubbornly constant. (Read More)
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