Waste Reduction and Management
Recycle Glass, Metals, Plastics

What Is It?

Glass, metals, and plastics are used for many types of products such as food containers or storage containers, and they all can be easily recycled. In Massachusetts, most bottles, containers, cans, and other items are accepted at municipal recycling centers. Businesses can check with their city and building to determine what items from each material can be recycled or reused.

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Glass, metals, and plastics buried in a landfill can take centuries to break down and sometimes leave harmful chemicals in the ground. By recycling glass, a container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days and save our natural resources such as limestone, sand and feldspar. Additionally, steel has a 66.2% recycling rate which saves 60-74% of the energy used to produce a steel can.

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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • A Better City
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • BioMed Realty Trust
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Boston Housing Authority
  • Boston Private Bank
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • CB Richard Elllis
  • The Chiofaro Company
  • The Colonnade Hotel
  • Crittenton Women’s Union
  • Dana-Farber
  • Epiphany School
  • Equity
  • ERG
  • Federal Reserve
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Forest City
  • Gillette
  • Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP
  • John Hancock/Manulife Financial
  • KC Real Estate Management
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • Marriott
  • Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Meister Consultants
  • Nixon Peabody
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Peabody Office Furniture
  • Putnam Investments
  • Roxbury Multi Service Center
  • Save that Stuff
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Synergy
  • TD Garden
  • TRO Jung|Brannen
  • Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
  • Turner Construction
  • Veolia
  • WilmerHale
  • Zoo New England

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