The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has released its updated Solid Waste Master Plan, which aims to increase recycling and reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills. But some aspects of the plan remain controversial among environmentalists.
The new master plan released this week has a goal of reducing waste in Massachusetts 30 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. The plan will focus on controlling food waste, increasing recycling, and looking to new technologies to eliminate waste and reducing the toll on the state’s landfills.
State officials on Tuesday issued a solid waste reduction plan that
includes a provision to loosen a nearly quarter- century moratorium on
new incinerators in Massachusetts, a move that activists decried as
harmful to the environment.
The Patrick administration unveiled the Massachusetts 2010-2020
Solid Waste Master Plan, which will allow solid waste companies to seek
approval to adopt new incineration technologies on a limited scale.
Critics of a state Senate-passed bill aimed at increasing the recycling of mercury thermostats plan to press the House to strengthen the legislation and to release a report Wednesday contrasting the proposal with mercury recycling programs in other states.
The report from Clean Water Action and the Product Stewardship Institute will evaluate thermostat collection programs in Massachusetts and nationwide. In an advisory issued on Monday to call attention to the forthcoming report, Clean Water Action described the Senate legislation approved last week as weak.
The environmental groups say millions of mercury thermostats remain in use in the United States and when the products are not recycled, mercury is released into the environment and waterways.