What is Zero Waste? And how can Boston achieve it?

Susan Cascino has been Recycling Director for the City of Boston for the past 20 years. Most of her tenure has be with the Public Works Department, and in September she joined the Environment Department to work on waste reduction policy and zero waste planning. Read on for her explanation of Zero Waste and what it will take for Boston to achieve it.


Trash Talk: Tips To Cut Down on Waste


Do you feel like you are constantly taking out the garbage? Are you filling your garbage and recycling bins faster than you can say “It’s trash pickup day!” We’ve got some easy tips to help you reduce waste, de-clutter your home, and save you a few trips to the dumpster. You’ll be so pleased as the list of things you save from the landfill grows.


Commercial compost and recycling assistance


Recycling and composting at your business can help decrease environmental impact, save money, improve employee morale, and respond to customer demands for sustainable practices. 


How to Ask your Landlord for Recycling and Energy Upgrades

There are lots of ways for renters to save on energy bills, such as replacing lightbulbs, installing a programmable thermostat, and using water-saving devices.

But when it comes to making bigger changes such as getting recycling for your whole building or making more intensive energy upgrades, renters have to make asks to landlords or property managers. To help bridge the communication gap between renters and landlords, here are two sample messages to help tenants start those conversations. Feel free to edit and send in an email or mail with your rent check. Let your landlord know that you want to be a team in making these changes in your home.


Non-Toxic Cleaning for Your Home

Ditch the chemicals, and clean your living spaces with simple ingredients that you can probably find in your kitchen already!

By reducing the use of synthetic chemicals you use to clean, you help to detox both your own home and help rid our air, water and garbage cans of allergens, pollutants, and waste. And while there are a number of commercial non-toxic home cleaning products available, making your own is even cheaper!


The many ways to compost at home


Composting is the practice of turning your food scraps and organic waste into nutrient-rich soil, which can then be sold or used for gardening or farming. Here are some resources on composting in Boston:


Don’t trash it: Donate it!


Instead of throwing something away, try donating it to someone who can make use of it! There are great local options for donating construction materials, electronics, food and organics, household items, surplus office equipment and furniture, and much more.