Representative Benson & Senator Eldridge Announce MassDEP Grant for Shirley Recycling Program

Shirley – Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) and Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) announced today that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded the Town of Shirley a grant worth approximately $7,700 through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP). The grant will allow Shirley to participate in the DEP’s Mattress Recycling Initiative for the transportation and recycling of discarded household mattresses for the next 2 years.

“I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for partnering with Shirley to help expand their recycling program,” said Representative Benson. “This grant will allow the town to recycle more, help the environment, and provide a better quality of service to their residents.”

“We all know that recycling is something that we are supposed to do as responsible citizens,” said Senator Eldridge. “I applaud the Baker-Polito Administration and the Department of Environmental Protection for securing this vital grant for the Town of Shirley to protect our earth, encourage recycling, and ultimately make it easier for people to do.”

This grant will pay for the cost of recycling household mattresses that are collected and recycled by one of three mattress recycling companies the state contracts with. 90 percent of a mattress’ components are recyclable, and recycling is the preferred waste-management method since mattresses are bulky and costly to dispose of in landfills and incinerators.

The SMRP was created under the Green Communities Act, and offers funding for recycling, composting, reuse, and source reduction activities that will reduce the amount of waste in landfills and incinerators. Waste prevention and recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions by capturing the embodied energy in waste and converting these sources into new products with a smaller carbon footprint.