Today is October 9th, is there food waste in your dumpster? Reply

On October 1, the commercial food waste ban went into effect for Massachusetts. It requires companies, businesses, hospitals, and universities generating more than 1 ton of organic material per week to make necessary reductions in their disposal. Such entities have many options to comply with the ban, including pre-consumer reduction, re-purposing usable food, donations, and composting.

The food waste disposal ban is part of a larger effort in Massachusetts to reduce the waste stream by 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner David W. Cash recently stated, “The food waste ban provides a win-win-win-win-win for residents and businesses in the Commonwealth. It will reduce waste, save money on disposal costs, create renewable energy, cut emissions from fossil fuel use, produce rich fertilizer for farm use, and grow jobs and stimulate the economy.” Read the full press release at the link below.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/news/releases/patrick-administration-kicks-off-statewide-commercial-.html

CAPACCIO recently had a webinar on this topic “Commercial Food Waste Disposal Ban Regulations – How will it affect your company?” Along with our guest presenter, John Fischer of MassDEP, the webinar provided an overview of the regulation, methods of how to determine how much waste you are generating, and ways to set and communicate goals and track your usage. To download and view the webinar, see the link below.

http://www.capaccio.com/Resources/Event_Recs.html

We also discussed ways this program can be incorporated into your new or existing sustainability program, to your benefit. Regardless of the stage you are in, CAPACCIO can provide assistance. Please contact Julie Muszalski at 508.970.0033 ext. 124 or jmuszalski@capaccio.com for more information.

MetroWest Medical Center Hospitals Receive “Greenhealth Partner For Change” Award Reply

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented June 5 in Cleveland, Ohio, at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability. Among the winners were MetroWest Medical Center’s two hospitals, Leonard Morse Hospital located in Natick, MA and Framingham Union Hospital, located in Framingham, MA, who were formally acknowledged for their environmentally preferable practices with Practice Greenhealth’s 2014 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” award. The award is one of the environmental excellence awards given by the organization each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. The “Greenhealth Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, must have reduced regulated medical waste, be well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

In 2013, CAPACCIO joined the MetroWest Medical Center’s Green Team. On a monthly basis, CAPACCIO compiles and analyzes sustainability data from facility representatives and vendors and reports to staff on progress toward their goals. CAPACCIO was also responsible for gathering and summarizing numerous metrics and programmatic elements to complete the Practice Greenhealth Award Application. CAPACCIO continues to take the hospital to even greater heights by providing thought leadership and assistance with MetroWest Medical Center’s sustainability programs.

CAPACCIO is a women-owned environmental, health and safety consulting and engineering firm with a solid track record of assisting industrial and institutional clients toward sustainable growth. Our commitment to sustainability is embodied in our mission of “helping industry and the environment prosper.” Through our responsiveness, integrity and cost-effective solutions, we have enabled our clients to receive numerous awards and be cited among the leading greenest and financially performing companies.

For more information on CAPACCIO’s green team programs, please contact Julie Muszalski at jmuszalski@capaccio.com or visit http://www.capaccio.com. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit http://www.practicegreenhealth.org.

 

CONFLICT MINERALS REPORTING – SECOND ROUND OF Q&A’s RELEASED Reply

On May 31, companies who report to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and manufacture products containing conflict minerals will need to submit their disclosures for 2013 to the SEC. With the deadline looming and this being the first reporting year, the SEC issued a second set of conflict minerals Q&A’s last week.

The link to the Q&A’s is located here.
http://www.sec.gov/divisions/corpfin/guidance/conflictminerals-faq.htm

There are 21 Q&A’s in the new document. The newly issued Q&A’s provide:

• further clarification on applicability of the reporting
• the extent to which organizations must investigate and disclose information
• clarification of terms and definitions
• further information on the necessary content of the reporting, audit
qualifications, and requirements and
• clarification of “due diligence”

In August 2012, the SEC issued a final rule on Section 1502 of the 2010 U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act stating that publically-traded companies in the United States must evaluate and disclose their usage of conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, gold, and tungsten) throughout their manufacturing supply chain, track quantities purchased, and report on the origin of these products.

Companies who are not publically-traded are also affected as they need to address these requirements in order to maintain market-share with their customers who are publically traded. They must also be prepared to respond to customer requests regarding conflict minerals usage.

Some companies have been delaying action, anticipating successful attempts by a group of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to repeal all or a portion of the law. Although some progress is being made, nonetheless, most companies still face customer supply chain inquiries and also need to be prepared to respond to meet initial regulatory deadlines.

Many companies are either using or considering using the International Electrotechnical Commission Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components (IEQC) QC 080000:2012 “Hazardous Substance Process Management System” (HSPM) standard to facilitate incorporating conflict minerals management into existing environmental and quality management systems.

For those companies affected by the Conflict Minerals regulations, the deadline to file a form SD with the SEC is just weeks away. If you require help with your reporting or need further assistance with developing and implementing systems to management conflict minerals and other product related reporting requirements, please contact Julie Muszalski at 508.970.0033 ext.124 or jmuszalski@capaccio.com.

Registration now open for CAPACCIO/AIM Sustainability Roundtable on Dec. 5 Reply

On Thursday, December 5th, Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. (CAPACCIO) and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) will present the last Sustainability Roundtable of the year. Moderated by Wayne Bates, PhD, PE, ENV SP, Vice President at CAPACCIO, the topic for this roundtable will be sustainability strategies, metrics, and reporting. Along with an overview of the topic, industry guest speakers will be on hand to share their experience in this area including the type of data they track and report and to whom and why.

Guest speakers for this roundtable include:

•Johanna C. Jobin, Director, Corporate Responsibility – EMD Millipore Corporation

•Rose Perkins, Associate Director, Sustainability – Dow Industries

As always, the roundtable will also include expert analysis, best practices and networking.

In the spirit of sustainability and the approaching holiday season, attendees may bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Location
Waters Corporation, 34 Maple Street, Milford, MA

Time
7:45 am – 11 am

Price
AIM Members $50/session
Non-Members $100/session

Register:

http://aimnet.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0yMDM5NjA4JnA9MSZ1PTc1NjA4MDQ1NSZsaT0xMDAzNTA3NQ/index.html

Participation is limited to people who maintain direct responsibility for sustainability at their companies. We welcome your interest, expertise and passion, as AIM introduces a new resource to help Massachusetts businesses.

Questions? Please contact Gloria Fischer at gfischer@aimnet.org or 617.262.1180 or Waynes Bates at wbates@capaccio.com or 508.970.0033 ext. 121.