Recycling and composting organics and other waste materials is good both for the environment and for business.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Food Association (MFA), through a Memorandum of Understanding, have partnered to establish a voluntary Supermarket Recycling Program Certification that encourages supermarkets to develop sustainable programs for recycling and reusing organics and other materials.
Participating stores not only save money, but also improve their compliance with existing Massachusetts waste disposal bans (rules that prohibit disposal of certain materials that can be recycled). MassDEP developed this page to help supermarkets establish and grow sustainable recycling programs.
Supermarket Recycling Program Certification
- Supermarket Recycling Certification
- Supermarket Recycling Program Certification Form
- Waxed Cardboard Waiver
- Supermarket Recycling Certification Program (SRPC) Frequently Asked Questions
- Frequently Asked Questions for the Supermarket Recycling Program Certification
- Stores with Supermarket Recycling Program Certification
Recycling & Reuse Assistance for Supermarkets
- Fact Sheet: Supermarket Organics Recycling in Massachusetts
- Supermarket Composting Handbook file size 1MB
- RecyclingWorks: Organics Haulers & Recycling Facilities for Supermarkets
- Organics & Food Materials
- Donation & Reuse
Options for donating electronics, construction materials, office equipment and household items.
- Application for Technical Assistance from MassDEP
- Commercial, Institutional & Agricultural Composting & Organics
- Assistance for Businesses
Tools for expanding commercial and office recycling, options for donating and recycling surplus equipment and furniture, and information about operating recycling and composting businesses.
Background Information & News
- Memoranda of Understanding Between MassDEP & Massachusetts Food Association: Targeted Reduction in the Distribution of Grocery Bags, March 2009
- MassDEP Consumer Brochure: Sack the Bag!
- Enhancing Recycling in Supermarkets, August 2005
- Supermarket Organics Recycling Network (SORN): MassDEP Report to EPA, January 2006
- Attachment F: Store Organics Tracking Form
- Attachment G: Store/Chain Annualized Organics Recycling Tonnage, 2003-2004