Zero Waste resources for businesses
The Zero Waste Boston initiative strives to divert 80 percent of Boston’s waste stream from landfills and incinerators by 2035. Currently, businesses and institutions create four-fifths of the City’s waste. By taking steps to reduce this waste, you can help the City achieve its goal and save your business money.
We created the toolkits below with RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts, a free recycling assistance program for businesses and institutions looking to recycle and reduce their waste. RecyclingWorks is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Toolkits by business type
Learn how to reduce waste at your office building.
Reduce waste as a food vendor, grocer, or restaurant.
Retailer or manufacturer
Find out how to reduce waste as a retailer, manufacturer, or warehouse.
School or hospital
Learn how to reduce waste as a school, hospital or other institution.
Toolkits by waste
Single stream recyclables
Tips for reducing papers, plastics, and metals.
Learn how to reduce and reuse food waste.
Learn what to do with your e-waste.
Find out how to get rid of hazardous materials.
Green ways to remove structure debris.
Appliances and furniture
Find out how to get rid of large items.