Massachusetts is at a crossroads: We bury, burn, or export 5.6 million tons of trash each year which threatens the health of our communities, destroys valuable resources and wastes a lot of taxpayer money. We didn’t hit most of the goals of the 2010–2020 plan, and we’re not that much closer to zero waste, as that plan had suggested.
The Baker Administration’s draft Solid Waste Master Plan for the next decade is weakly worded, slow, and allows for bigger landfills or incinerators. Instead, we and our allies are calling for a clear path to zero waste. For the health of our oceans, communities and climate, we can and must achieve zero waste and environmental justice as soon as possible.
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