Recycling in Massachusetts Saves Money, Reduces Litter and Creates a Healthier Environment

Most people haul their trash out to the curb or place it in a dumpster each week with little thought as to where their trash goes or what it costs to dispose of it. Each year, municipalities in Massachusetts spend millions of taxpayer dollars on solid waste removal. Much of this waste ends up in landfills or incinerators.

Recycling as much solid waste as possible is a much more cost-effective and environmentally friendly approach. It saves money for municipalities, taxpayers, and businesses. Recycling also creates jobs and reduces litter and illegal dumping.

Keep Massachusetts Beautiful, through its affiliation with Keep America Beautiful, promotes all efforts to increase recycling in Massachusetts homes, schools, and businesses through a variety of programs, including:

  • The GREEN TEAM is an interactive educational program that empowers students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, and pollution prevention.


  • RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is a recycling assistance program that help businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and food waste diversion opportunities.


  • America Recycles Day event organizers educate neighbors, friends and colleagues about the benefits of recycling through thousands of recycling events across the U.S. on November 15 each year.
  • Recycle-Bowl is a friendly competition that promotes the creation of new recycling programs within K-12 schools and encourages schools that already recycle to increase their recycling rates.
  • RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities during an 8-week period each spring.
  • Recycling at Work is a national voluntary initiative challenging businesses, government agencies, schools, hospitals and other institutions to commit to increase workplace recycling by 10 percent.
  • The Game Day Recycling Challenge is a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their football games.