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Total Solid Waste

This indicator evaluates the amount of waste produced in participating communities. Data is locally collected and is based on information from landfills, waste-to-energy facilities, and/or incinerators. Total solid waste includes municipal solid... Read More

This indicator evaluates the amount of waste produced in participating communities. Data is locally collected and is based on information from landfills, waste-to-energy facilities, and/or incinerators. Total solid waste includes municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, organic waste, and household hazardous waste.

Devens, Massachusetts

While Devens is unable at this time to track and measure the total solid waste that is generated within its jurisdiction, we do track the amount of waste that, through our various programs and services, we are able to divert from landfills. Devens operates as an eco-industrial park - where... Read More

While Devens is unable at this time to track and measure the total solid waste that is generated within its jurisdiction, we do track the amount of waste that, through our various programs and services, we are able to divert from landfills. Devens operates as an eco-industrial park - where businesses cooperate with each other and with the local community in an attempt to reduce waste and pollution, efficiently share resources, and help achieve sustainable development, with the intention of increasing economic gains and improving environmental quality. In Devens, one firms waste stream is another forms raw material resource.

To assist in the operation of Devens as an eco-industrial park, we created the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center - a non-profit organization that provides programming and services to businesses and organizations in Devens and the surrounding region to maximize efficiency and minimize waste. In 2016, the Center diverted over 19 tons of material from the waste stream. The Center also assisted a number of businesses in implementing composting programs in anticipation of the State's waste ban on organics in landfills. Education and awareness is a major part of the Center's efforts - with the goal of eliminating waste. After all, waste is just a byproduct that we haven't deconstrcuted and/or found a suitable reuse for yet!

Devens is also home to Devens Recycling Center - a for-profit construction and demolition debris recycling facility that receives, processes and redistributes materials as feedstock for such end markets as new concrete, new metal, wood veneer, gypsum, and recycled cardboard products. In 2016, the Center diverted over 15,568 tons of materials.

The redevelopment goal of Devens aims to provide local and regional services to improve the triple bottom-line benefits (economic, social and environmental) for the region and Massachusetts as a whole. With this goal in mind, Devens has also created the Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Facility which serves Devens and 13 surrounding towns with safe and affordable recycling and disposal options for hazardous materials. The facility is open to small-medium sized businesses as well as residents. In 2016, the facility diverted 30 tons of materials.

With many small businesses in Devens, we have also developed a central recycling drop-off center where small -medium sized businesses and local residents can drop off recyclables (cardboard, paper, plastic, bottles, cans). This free service, along with the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center, and HHW Drop off, provide significant triple bottom-line value to the businesses and residents who live in Devens and the surrounding region. in 2016, this recycling drop-off facility collected over XXXX tons of recyclable materials.

Tracking the quantity of materials that these facilities and services handle will help us demonstrate how Devens is helping to improve the environment through waste reduction, diversion and avoidance.