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

Massachusetts Beautification Bulletin | September 2022
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Dear Friend,
Act now while tickets are still available for our 4th annual Massachusetts Clean Community Awards on October 20 in Waltham. Please scroll down for details and other updates, including our recent Plant Something Bee-eautiful grants and our first Next-Gen Environmental Scholarship grantee. 
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Join the fun on October 20!

Punch Your Ticket To The Massachusetts Clean Community Awards Gala

Act fast to get your tickets to our 2022 Massachusetts Clean Community Awards gala on October 20. It’s going to be a great night of trash-talking, tasty food, and cocktails!

We’re excited to announce that WCVB Chief Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon will be our emcee. 

Thank you to our sponsors, Noble Oak Whiskeys and Covanta.
P.S., It’s not too late for your company to sign up as a sponsor. Contact us for more details.
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Plant Something Bee-eautiful

Congratulations to Our 2022 Plant Something Bee-eautiful Grantees!

Our annual Plant Something Bee-eautiful grants support pollinator-friendly plantings in public spaces. This program not only beautifies public spaces, but also restores natural habitats for pollinators. 

We are pleased to announce this year’s grantees, each of whom will be reimbursed for up to $500 for expenses related to the following projects:
Keep Attleboro Beautiful, in collaboration with the Thomas E. Willett Elementary School, will expand the pollinator garden located adjacent to the Willett Garden. The garden grows organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.
Keep Gardner Beautiful will establish a pollinator-friendly garden on the property of the Gardner Civil Defense Agency on Main Street. A “bee bath” will be installed to collect rainwater and allow for many different kinds of pollinating insects to hydrate.
Keep Melrose Beautiful, in collaboration with Grow Natives – Melrose, will use its grant to return urban habitat back to New England native plants for local birds, bees, and other pollinators. They plan to restore an existing Adopt-a-Spot site within Milano Park into a thriving pollinator habitat with a variety of native pollinator plants.
Keep Stoneham Beautiful, in partnership with the Stoneham Garden Club, will transform an existing grassy meadow into a Pollinator Meadow on the Whip Hill Estate. Educational materials and signage will educate visitors and youth about native plants, pollinators, and the stress our environment is facing.
Sabrina Pilet-Ones of Sabrina's Garden will beautify two open space gardens on Woodrow Avenue in Mattapan with perennial pollinator plants. The new gardens will help the bees thrive while providing beauty for the local residents.   
Medford Community Gardens will create a new native pollinator garden in one of the medians along Governor’s Avenue. The plants will help native pollinators by creating habitat, food sources, pollen, and nectar used by native insects.
Congratulations to our 2022 Plant Something Bee-eautiful grantees!
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Hot Off The Presses: The KMB Annual Report! 

Despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful had a very successful fiscal-year 2022 (July 1, 2021—June 30, 2022).
For a complete synopsis of everything we all achieved TOGETHER, we invite you to download our annual report.
It is our hope that you will come away inspired to do even more to keep Massachusetts clean, green, and litter-free.
Read The KMB Annual Report
Join a COASTSWEEP event near you!

It's Baaack: COASTSWEEP 2022 

COASTSWEEP, the annual statewide beach cleanup sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), is underway now. Sign up now to clean your favorite beach, marsh, dive site, or riverbank. 

These events are part of an international campaign organized by the Ocean Conservancy. Participants from all over the world collect trash and other marine debris and record what they find. This information is then used to help reduce future marine debris problems. Cleanups are taking place from now into November.
To volunteer at a cleanup, visit the COASTSWEEP website or search for a cleanup near you on our event calendar. 
Next-Gen Environmental Leader Scholarship
Sean Riley of Stoneham

Congratulations to Our Inaugural Scholarship Grantee! 

In the spring of this year, we launched a new annual $2,500 Next-Gen Environmental Leader Scholarship.
This scholarship supports a high school senior student who will be pursuing a degree or certificate in environmental studies or a related field at an accredited institution of higher learning. After all, our state, nation, and world are all going to need talented young people to solve the many environmental challenges we’re all facing!

Sean Riley of Stoneham High School is the first recipient of our scholarship. Sean helped found a Green Club at his school during his senior year. He is now attending the University of Vermont and pursuing a degree in environmental engineering with a minor in forestry. Congratulations, Sean, and we look forward to your future success!
Apply For a Next-Gen Environmental Leader Scholarship

KMB Chapter Spotlight:
Welcome Keep Brookline Beautiful! 

We’re excited to welcome our newest local chapter: Keep Brookline Beautiful. This chapter is just getting off the ground and has scheduled monthly litter cleanups. To join a Brookline cleanup, please visit our events calendar for more details.

If you would like to organize volunteers in your town or city to clean up litter, visit our website to learn more about the benefits of launching a local chapter of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful or contact us to schedule a phone call.
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Mass Waste Stream
What's in Your Waste?

Zero-Waste Zone: Textiles and Mattresses  Banned from Disposal

In 1990, Massachusetts was one of the first states to implement a waste ban on easy-to-recycle and/or toxic materials. The first item banned from our waste stream was lead acid batteries. 

Since then, many additional items have been added to the waste ban list, including recyclables (paper, glass, metal, and plastic containers), leaves and yard waste, large appliances, tires, cathode ray tubes (CRTs), automotive batteries, construction materials, and food waste. 

Starting this November, textiles and mattresses will no longer be allowed to be dumped in landfills or incinerated. It’s all part of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan, which aims to foster a circular economy by keeping materials with the potential for reuse and recycling out of our trash.
Starting November 1, instead of putting your mattress out with the trash, your city or town may be collecting them for recycling, either as curbside pick-ups or drop-offs at recycling centers. Many communities already have mattress recycling programs set up and many more will be starting soon.
While waste bans are designed with the best intentions in mind, they have not been as effective as they could be. Consider that in 2019, banned materials accounted for about 40% of the waste burned or landfilled in Massachusetts, according to a report from Zero Waste Massachusetts. The report said that of 5.5 million tons of waste in Massachusetts in 2019, more than 2 million tons of waste could have been recycled instead.

So how do we ensure that materials that are banned from the waste stream don’t end up in landfills and incinerators? As with many environmental challenges, the solution requires enforcement and education.
MassDEP simply does not have sufficient staffing levels to perform as many inspections as are required. And despite the success of its RecycleSmartMA campaign, the vast majority of Massachusetts residents remain confused (or apathetic) about what goes in their trash and what goes in their recycling bin. It is our hope that our next governor will give these challenges the attention and financial resources they deserve. 

Note: Portions of this content come courtesy of MassDEP’s RecycleSmartMA program. Sign up for the RecycleSmartMA newsletter.
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Neil Rhein, Founder & Executive Director
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