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Current Projects

WasteLess Restaurants

Began September 2020

We're collaborating with local restaurants on reducing waste. Restaurant owners and employees will try out various tools and habits that will ultimately result in less packaging for take-out, and feel-good savings for local and small businesses.

Garbage Dumpster

School Waste Reduction

Spring 2021*

Working with schools is one of the most effective ways to help a community reduce their waste. Interacting with students and teachers alike, we educate them on how to compost and reduce their waste throughout the day and during lunch. They can then bring these skills home and practice them in the long-term. *Depending on school availability.

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Compost Pick-Up Pilot

Fall 2020 - Summer 2020

Do you have compost that needs a home? We're piloting a compost pick-up project here in the Berkshires. We're working on the details now, with a hopeful start in the Spring of 2020! Contact us today to be a member or to help us get off to a good start.

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Battery Recycling

Ongoing

Similar to our Terracycle programs, we collect used batteries for recycling. This program is not free, and we utilize donations to keep this program running. Click the button below to learn about what types of batteries we accept and how to connect with us to recycle them.

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Online Waste Reduction Webinars

Nov & Dec 2020

We aren't having in-person workshops for now, but that doesn't mean learning and DIYing can't take place! Check out our newsletter for updates on upcoming webinars and new how-to videos.

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Terracycle Programs

Ongoing

We are subscribed to many different Terracycle programs that help our community reduce their waste through recycling hard-to-recycle materials. Click the button below to jump to the section that describes each of our current programs, and how to particiapte.

Want to learn more about our programs? Send us an email today!

Special Thanks to Current and Previous Program Supporters

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WasteLess
Restaurants

Helping local and small businesses to reduce their waste.

Our goal for this project is to connect with individual restaurant owners, managers, and employees on simple steps they can take to reduce their waste.

Resources

Check back later for our digital resources for restaurants..

 
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Compost Pick-Up Pilot

We understand that there are constraints to composting at home. 

We look forward to a day when we can help every Berkshire County resident reduce their waste by composting. As much as 30-40% of all waste that is sent to the landfill or incinerator is composed of organic, or compostable, material. That's why we know it's important to provide composting services to those who need help.

We are currently planning to start this pilot on May 1st. Contact us today to help out, or to sign-up!

Resources

Check back later for resources on composting.

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School Waste Reduction

Our schools are filled with forward-thinkers and learners that want to be a part of a bright future.

Our schools are currently under a lot of stress with hybrid- and distance-learning. We look forward to finding solutions for schools now and as they transition back into in-person learning. 

Resources

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If you're interested in sponsoring a project or hosting your own program, please send us a message

We love working with various organizations, businesses, and groups to share our resources and to teach new skills on waste reduction. We have hosted private workshops, public presentations, and special projects with various interested parties. You can join in on the fun too! Send us a message to get the process started today.

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Battery Recycling

Did You Know? Typical household batteries can be thrown in your normal trash can.

Batteries that are thrown away in the trash and aren't recycled will eventually leach their chemicals into the groundwater around landfills or be burned at an incinerator, releasing their chemicals into the air. Why not send them to a facility that will properly handle and recycle the materials, especially when it's free or low-cost? We at BZWI will accept many different types of batteries for our Big Green Box collection for free! This program does cost money, however, so a small donation with your battery drop-off is most appreciated. 

If you would like to drop-off your batteries, please send us a quick email and let us know. Our office is located in Pittsfield for easy access! Click the link below to learn what kinds of batteries we can accept.

Resources

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Terracycle

Our schools are filled with forward-thinkers and learners that want to be a part of a bright future.

Our schools are currently under a lot of stress with hybrid- and distance-learning. We look forward to finding solutions for schools now and as they transition back into in-person learning. 

Resources

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