Tools & Tips to Clean Up & Green Up Your Community
Tools & Tips to Clean Up & Green Up Your Community

Massachusetts Beautification Bulletin | October 2022
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Dear Friend,
As the leaves fall and the roadside vegetation recedes, the dirty secret of what's littered along our roadsides will soon be revealed. If you'd like to help clean up the mess in your neck of the Massachusetts woods, sign up for the Massachusetts Litter Cleanup Crew. In the meantime, scroll down to learn about volunteer opportunities that will provide free entry to two upcoming Patriots games, as well as highlights from our recent Massachusetts Clean Community Awards gala
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Volunteer at Gillette Stadium

Volunteers Needed For Gillette Stadium Recycling

Are you ready for some football?

Join Keep Massachusetts Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, and the National Recycling League at a New England Patriots home game this November! Anyone who has ever tailgated at Gillette Stadium knows that these games are chock full of MROs—Missed Recycling Opportunities!

In partnership with Anheuser-Busch, we are seeking 20 volunteers age 21 years and older to serve as Recycling Hawkers and help promote recycling among tailgaters at Gillette Stadium on November 6th and 20th. 

Volunteers will help teach patrons about recycling and support recycling collection in the tailgating lots from 10:00 am to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers will receive free parking, admission to the game, and a concessions voucher. We have 20 volunteer slots open for each game.  
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Co-Chapter Leaders of the Year Deb Caplan and Mike Croci of Keep Framingham Beautiful

Congratulations to Our 2002 Clean Community Awards Honorees!

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2022 Massachusetts Clean Community Awards on Thursday, October 20. It was fun and rewarding to gather in person with so many civic-minded environmental volunteers, legislators, business leaders, and supporters. 

Access a recap of this year’s award winners, as well as photos.

This event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and auction donors:

Noble Oak Whiskeys, Casella, Garbo Grabber, LABUR, Covanta, Republic Services, the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBNE), Mallory Portraits, Supply Bulk Foods, Unpacked Living of Beverly, and Black Earth Compost.

A special shoutout to Cindy Fitzgibbon of WCVB for donating her time as our emcee and to the terrific staff at the Lyman Estate. Check out our WCVB Morning Eye-Opener Wake Up Call video!
2022 CCA Highlights & Photos
Volunteers from BeBio in Kendall Square

A Busy 2022 Corporate Community Service Season Draws To a Close

Improved COVID conditions helped boost participation in our Corporate Community Service program this past spring, summer, and fall. We were happy to host the following community service cleanups:
  • Fort Point Channel in Boston on October 18 with Corderman & Company volunteers
  • Burbank Park Cleanup in Pittsfield on October 8 with Martignetti and Horizon Beverage volunteers
  • Downtown Marlborough on October 6 with Lincoln Property Management volunteers
  • Carson Beach in South Boston on September 21 with AEW volunteers
  • Mansfield’s route 140 on September 15 with Samsonite volunteers
  • Kendall Square in Cambridge on September 14 with BeBio volunteers
  • Kendall Square in Cambridge on September 9 with Everquote volunteers
  • Boston’s Fenway on June 30 with NextThink volunteers
  • Cape Cod Canal in Sandwich on June 16 with Pernod Ricard volunteers
  • Boston’s Chinatown on May 13 with CybelAngel volunteers
  • Boxborough office park on May 5 with Vibalogics volunteers
  • Boston's South End on April 21 with Roland Berger volunteers

    Thank you to the enthusiastic volunteers who made a tangible difference across Massachusetts this year. Our Corporate Community Service program is open all year round, weather conditions permitting.
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Support a Cleaner, Greener, Litter-Free Massachusetts on Giving Tuesday

First, there was “Black Friday.” Then came “Cyber Monday.” Each year, news reporters venture out to chronicle these annual celebrations of shopping and consumerism. 
As an alternative, GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages charitable giving. Giving Tuesday takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (November 29 this year), so mark your calendar and be ready to support your favorite nonprofits. We hope Keep Massachusetts Beautiful will make your list!
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Zero-Waste Zone:

It’s Back… MassDEP’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-Palooza

Recycle Smart MA's third annual celebration of waste reduction and recycling is back this November. Sign up to learn more at one of three free webinars:

Ask Me Anything about Recycling in MA
Tuesday, November 15 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Learn about the Recycle Smart MA program and hear from recycling experts. 

Register Here 

The Reuse Showcase
Wednesday, November 16 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ever had take-out and wished you could return your bowl for reuse? Ever donated furniture and wondered what happens to it? Ever wondered if there are people out there who care about waste and reuse as much as you do? Join MassDEP to hear from some impressive Massachusetts reuse champions. 

Register Here 

Hidden in Plain Sight: Exploring Mattress and Textile Reuse and Recycling
Thursday, November 17 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Effective November 1, mattresses and textiles are banned from landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts. So what will happen to our donated textiles and old mattresses? Learn from some of the leading companies in this space, including More Than Words, Helpsy, HandUp, and Tough Stuff Recycling.

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Note: This content comes courtesy of MassDEP’s RecycleSmartMA program. Sign up for the RecycleSmartMA newsletter.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Think Trash Soup, Not Trash Island

Our most recent blog post comes to us courtesy of Jenni Camhi of the nonprofit Seaside Sustainability. As Jenni explains, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is only one of five known garbage patches in our oceans, all of which need our help. 

According to NOAA estimates, 67 ships in one year could not clean even 1% of the garbage patch. But that doesn’t mean it’s hopeless. In addition to cleanup efforts, it is also vital that we take action to stop these ocean-based garbage patches from getting bigger. That means reducing our current use of plastic drastically and ensuring that the plastic we do use gets properly recycled (or trashed). Prevention is just as important as clean up.
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