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Talking Trash & Recycling: Learn to Recycle Smart in Massachusetts!

Environmental Education

Talking Trash & Recycling

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Watch Our Talking Trash & Recycling Presentation

The cost and complexity of managing trash and recycling pose significant challenges for communities and businesses across Massachusetts. These challenges include:

  • Confusion about what should go in the trash and what should go in the recycling bin
  • High contamination rates (contamination occurs when people throw non-recyclable items in their recycling bins)
  • A misconception that recycling is not worth the effort and all of these items end up in the trash (not true!)
  • Staying up-to-date on the latest changes to recycling practices

Our Talking Trash & Recycling program educates residents, employees, and students about what happens to their trash and recyclables here in Massachusetts. 

Viewers will learn ways to reduce the amount of trash they generate, improve their recycling habits, make small changes to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, and help the state of Massachusetts achieve its solid waste reduction goals.


Feedback on our Presentation:

Dear Keep Massachusetts Beautiful,

I am writing from the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation’s (SWBCDC) Hyde Park Green Team to thank you for your support and training that you provide for our summer youth employment program. Our youth have learned so much valuable information from you about Keep Massachusetts Beautiful and where their trash goes. They said your presentation inspired them to be more conscious about their waste and how they dispose of it. Overall, the youth said your presentation was very informative and helpful. 


Perla Lara
Green Team Program Coordinator

I enjoyed the presentation last night for the town of Charlton! As a Charlton resident and a Casella employee I thought it was extremely relevant---I will definitely recommend it to other communities.

Paul Degnan, Charlton MA

Request a Customized Presentation Via Zoom or In-Person!

We can deliver a customized Talking Trash & Recycling presentation to business audiences, libraries, or schools via Zoom between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays. We require a minimum audience size of 15 people. We can also deliver live, in-person presentations.

A minimum donation of $300 is requested for a customized, live presentation. For Zoom presentations, we request a minimum donation of $150 to help offset expenses and support our programming. Thank you!

Schedule a Talking Trash & Recycling Presentation
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Confused about What Goes in Your Recycling Bin? Check Out Recycle Smart MA

  • Do plastic bags belong in your recycling bin? No!
  • Are styrofoam coffee cups recyclable? No!
  • Can I recycle a pizza box? In most cases, yes!

Don't be a "wish-cycler." The contamination of recyclable materials degrades their value and can make them impossible to recycle.

Get quick answers to everyday recycling questions using MassDEP's Recyclopedia Tool


Become a Recycle Smart MA Partner!

The Recycle Smart MA Partner Program is free to join and open to any organization that wants to play an active role in promoting better recycling in Massachusetts.

Join hundreds of municipalities, nonprofits, businesses, and community groups that have become Recycle Smart MA Partners. 

Partner benefits include:

  • Timely, informative content to use in your recycling education efforts
  • Behind-the-scenes information on Massachusetts recycling markets and news
  • Recycle Smart MA partner badge for your website and email signature
  • Access to embedding code to integrate Recyclopedia search widget on your website

Sign up to become a partner or to receive the Recycle Smart MA e-newsletter.