New England News
6:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

City Residents Urged To Be More Careful About Recycling

Credit WAMC

The  city of Springfield, which pioneered single-stream recycling in Massachusetts, has launched an education and enforcement campaign in an effort to keep recycling rates up and trash disposal costs down.

The Springfield Department of Public Works said an unacceptable amount of trash and other prohibited items have been turning up lately in the recycling containers people put out for curbside pick-up. Some contamination of the recyclables is allowed, but if it exceeds ten percent the city faces fines, according to Springfield’s recycling coordinator Greg Superneau.

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New England News
6:22 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

City's Longest Serving DPW Chief Announces Retirement

Springfield City Engineer Chris Cignoli, who will become the DPW Director on June 1st when Al Chwalek retires.
Credit WAMC

The longest serving director of public works in Springfield, Massachusetts is calling it a career. The city’s mayor has announced plans for a smooth transition in a department responsible for many essential city services.

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New York News
12:32 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

What To Do About Plastic Grocery Bags?

Old plastic bags discarded along the streets of Albany, NY.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Environmentalists are encouraging citizens to make the holiday season a time for recycling.   "If you walk down the street you will see plastic bags stuck in trees, you will see them in the sewers..."  Saima Anjam  with Environmental Advocates of New York believes disposable bags are usually good for a single trip from the store and have a useful life of about 12 minutes.  The group is encouraging Governor Andrew Cuomo to address New Yorkers' $10 billion disposable bag-per-year habit by imposing a fee on retailers who package consumer purchases in disposable bags.  "In Washington D-C, they

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New York News
6:15 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Volunteers Kick Off Campaign To Reduce Use Of Plastic Shopping Bags In Saratoga Springs

A campaign called Bring Your Own Bag Saratoga, a project from the group Sustainable Saratoga, is reaching out to city government, businesses and members of the public to decrease the use of plastic shopping bags.

The group is hoping to reduce pollution and encourage city residents to shop with reusable bags. Though plastic shopping bags are recyclable, the group claims less than five percent of bags are recycled, and most can only be recycled into other products once. If released into the environment, plastic bags cause harm to birds and marine animals.

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12:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Expanded Bottle Bill

Credit Streetwise Cycle/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

As New York legislators continue negotiations over the state budget, with talks now in their late stages, one of the proposals being considered is an expansion of the bottle bill.  The measure would not only impact container types, but the redemption centers where consumers do business.

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New York News
5:08 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Proposed NYS Budget Includes Bottle-Bill Changes

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 budget includes several changes to the Bottle Bill. Various stakeholders have both praise and concern.

Laura Haight is one who testified Monday at a budget hearing in Albany about the proposed changes to the Bottle Bill. Haight is senior environmental associate for the New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG. She says there are 20 pages of proposed changes, one of which she applauds, and says would be a first for the state.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Bottle Law Expansion Dumped By Conference Committee

  Legislation to expand the 30 year old bottle deposit law in Massachusetts to include noncarbonated beverages won’t make it to the desk of Governor Deval Patrick this year..  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Mass. Legislative Committee Blocks Bottle Bill

Recycling containers used by Springfield MA DPW

A bill that would expand Massachusetts’ recycling laws to include a five-cent deposit for plastic containers for noncarbonated beverages has again failed to pass a committee vote to enter legislative debate, drawing criticism from proponents. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
10:13 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Massachusetts Begins New Recycling Program For Businesses

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection earlier this month launched the “RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts” program. RecyclingWorks provides businesses and institutions with information and assistance with disposing waste properly and encourages recycling.

Greg Cooper from the Mass DEP says that the program is designed to help business reach sustainability goals, but also help their bottom line.

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