About WasteWise

WasteWise is a voluntary program - sponsored nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in Massachusetts by the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) - designed to help private and public organizations work toward reductions in solid waste and select non-hazardous industrial wastes. By participating in WasteWise, organizations not only improve their bottom line, but also the environment.

WasteWise is a flexible program that allows member organizations to set their own goals, design their own programs, and implement their own strategies to reduce waste - all in ways that are tailored to their specific needs. Participating organizations then report their results annually to EPA.

There is no fee for membership in the WasteWise program, and any organization in the United States may join. Large and small businesses from all industrial sectors are welcome to participate. Institutions such as hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, as well as state, local, and tribal governments, are also eligible. See a list of current Massachusetts members.

Waste reduction makes good business sense because it can cut your organization's purchasing and waste disposal costs. WasteWise provides free technical assistance to help you develop, implement, and measure your waste reduction activities, and publicizes members' waste reduction success stories through regional and national publications, events, and awards.

Through the WasteWise States Campaign, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) was the first state environmental agency in the country to partner with EPA in this effort. By joining WasteWise, you will be enrolled in both the national and state programs.

Benefits of Joining

By joining WasteWise, your organization can:

  • Participate in local and regional forums on waste reduction and recycling
  • Gain public recognition for successful waste reduction efforts
  • Network with other WasteWise member organizations
  • Use the Massachusetts WasteWise logo to promote its environmental efforts
  • Receive technical assistance from MassDEP waste reduction and recycling experts

MassDEP has additional resources available to help Massachusetts WasteWise members establish food waste composting and waste reduction programs through RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts. To learn more, call 888-254-5525 or visit the program's web site.

Regional Forums

MassDEP sponsors periodic free WasteWise regional forums. These networking opportunities are developed with and for WasteWise members, and are typically hosted by member organizations. Forums are designed to provide members with timely waste reduction and recycling information that can help them meet their environmental goals and MassDEP periodically recognizes exemplary WasteWise members for their efforts through an awards program. See: List of Past WasteWise Regional Forum Topics

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