"Boston recently finalized a $148,000 consulting contract to help initiate a 'zero waste' planning process after years of discussion..."
"City officials repeatedly made it clear that no policies have been selected — and no goals have been set for 2030, 2040, or any other round-numbered year in the future — but all options are on the table. Based on the common definition of 'zero waste,' 90% diversion or higher, Boston has a lot of work ahead."
"As boats float by and local residents fish for stripers it may not be obvious what's happening on the Neponset River. Yet officials' warnings are unequivocal: A drought is here and it is a serious problem..."
"The potential uses of food waste for compost or energy have been widely discussed in recent years, but a growing number of experts and activists are now saying that this conversation is missing a key step in the process."
"As the plastic bag debate rages from California to New York, Massachusetts has quietly become a national leader in the fight..."
"Boston still ranks among the state's highest-risk communities for childhood lead poisoning, but that ranking is not due to a lack of funding, city officials say."
"Volunteers found many types of litter alongside the Neponset River on a recent weekend morning - barnacle-crusted beer bottles, polystyrene foam chunks, old tennis ball - but one type - the plastic bag - has been getting a lot of attention lately."
"Major changes to Boston's trash system are under consideration, something that, advocates say, could reduce the city's environmental footprint and boost the local economy...Dorchester has been highlighted as one of the areas in greatest need of improvement with some of the greatest potential for economic benefits."