Zero Waste in MA

Our current 'materials economy' funnels enormous amounts of waste into toxic landfills and incinerators, destroying items of value while polluting our air, water, food systems and bodies.  Clean Water Action has been working for decades to create a fair and sustainable “circular economy.”  This includes:

  • Supporting local activists who are working for a just transition away from landfills and incinerators in their communities towards a zero waste solutions to our waste crisis, such as those in Saugus, MA who are fighting to shut down the oldest incinerator in the country and in Taunton, MA who are fighting to stop a sludge incinerator from being built in their community;
  • Pressing the state to employ zero waste principles and go beyond the anemic goals of the 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan; and
  • Calling for enforcement of the state’s waste bans which would reduce our waste by at least 40%.
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Too Little Too Late: Statement from Zero Waste Massachusetts on the Department of Environmental Protection’s just released 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan

With one day’s notice, the MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) held a webinar today at 2pm EST to release their 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan (SWMP).

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Stop Trashing Massachusetts!

Sign Our Petition! Tell Governor Maura Healey to direct the MassDEP to take steps to reduce the amount of trash we bury and burn.

Boston Releases Plan to Move City to Zero Waste

Today, the City of Boston announced a set of recommendations that will bring the city into the zero waste economy, moving away from a polluting waste system and creating good jobs for local residents.

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From We All Live Downstream

Wheelabrator Saugus from Wikimedia
November 15, 2021

On Tuesday, October 26th the Zero Waste Massachusetts coalition hosted a webinar on incineration in Massachusetts.

MA-ZeroWaste-Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash.
October 12, 2021

These days, there’s a lot of talk about zero waste, but what does it really mean? When we envision our average Joe going zero waste we think of mason jars, composting bins, and the elimination of single use products. But how about when a whole city goes zero waste?

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October 17, 2019

Behold the Saugus Sheroes of the Alliance for Health and the Environment: Ann Devlin, Debra Panetta, Jackie Mercurio!