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Green tub with recycling logo and words "We Recycle!"America Recycles Day* is a national initiative to promote environmentally sustainable practices and purchasing. Similar to the goals outlined in the Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Program, the day prompts consumers to learn about and take advantage of recycling opportunities and to reduce waste by buying products made with recycled content.

Take time now, in advance of America Recycles Day on November 15, to embrace the myriad ways Statewide Contract products and resources can support environmentally responsible practices with:

  • tools to develop a recycling program in your facility – including on-site visits by awarded contract vendors that will access your organization’s needs, make cost-effective recommendations, and provide employee training;
  • thousands of Environmentally Preferred Products. Get a complete list at mass.gov/epp in the Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide;
  • the ability to recycle a vast array of items. See below.

*America Recycles Day is a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful. Learn more and Take the Pledge.

 

Recycling 101 – Important Statewide Contracts to Know

  • FAC86 – Solid Waste and Recycling Services Statewide Contract, providing full waste and cost-effective recycling services for non-hazardous materials
  • FAC82 – Hazardous/Universal, Medical, and Electronic Waste Disposal, offering comprehensive recycling solutions for hazardous waste
  • FAC85 – Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment, and Supplies, including recycling containers under Category 6 and recycled content/compostable liners under Category 9
  • FAC87 – Wide range of waste and recycling containers, as well as compost bins, rain barrels, and Big Belly compactors

Buyers may recycle a vast number of items through Statewide Contracts. Link to each Contract User Guide for details:

  • Antifreeze – FAC82
  • Asphalt, Brick, Concrete – FAC86
  • Batteries – FAC82 , OFF36
  • Construction & Demo, including Clean Gypsum Wallboard – FAC86
  • Electronic Waste – FAC86, FAC82
  • Fire Extinguishers – FAC82
  • Glass Containers – FAC86
  • Lamps – FAC82
  • Mattresses – FAC86, FAC90
  • Mercury – FAC82
  • Metal Cans & Containers – FAC86
  • Mixed Paper – FAC86
  • Motor Oil –FAC82
  • Oil Filters – FAC82
  • Old Corrugated Cardboard – FAC86
  • Organic Solvents – FAC82
  • Organic – Food Waste – FAC86
  • Organic – Leaves, Yard Waste & Floating Vegetation  – FAC86, FAC88
  • Paints – FAC82
  • Paper Shredding/Secure Document & Media Destruction – FAC86, FAC96
  • Plastic Bottles & Containers – FAC86
  • Recyclable Fuels – FAC82
  • Redeemable Bottles & Cans – FAC86
  • Scrap Metal – FAC86, SSP1502
  • Sharps – FAC82
  • State Surplus Recycling – FAC78
  • Street Sweepings – FAC86
  • Tanks – FAC82
  • Textiles – FAC86
  • Tires – FAC86
  • Toner Cartridges – OFF32, OFF36
  • Vehicle Windshields – VEH103
  • White Goods (Large Appliances) – FAC86
  • White Office Paper – FAC86
  • Wood – FAC86

Learn about the Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program at mass.gov/epp. Contact Julia Wolfe, Director of the EPP Program at OSD: julia.wolfe@state.ma.us.

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