Links We Like

FreeCycle
Freecycle is a grassroots, nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills. 
http://groups.freecycle.org/freecycleamherst/description

Vinegartips.com
Looking to reduce your use of toxic household products and save money?  This site offers 1001 uses for white distilled vinegar, from window cleaning to weed killer.  http://www.vinegartips.com

The Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)
The MRF is a local processing facility that sorts and bales Pioneer Valley paper, glass, plastic and metal containers before selling them to industries which use the recyclables as feedstock in their manufacturing process.  http://www.springfieldmrf.org/index.php

Earth911
Earth 911 delivers local recycling information (e.g. where can I take my used CFL?) and provides useful articles on sustainable topics.  http://earth911.org

Eco-Building Bargains (formerly The ReStore)
Eco-Building Bargains (Springfield, MA) performs deconstruction on buildings and accepts donations of quality but unwanted used and surplus building materials and sells them to the public at bargain prices in a retail setting.  http://www.restoreonline.org/ 

The Center for Eco-Technology (CET)

From offices in Pittsfield, Northampton and Springfield, CET finds sustainable solutions to complex issues in order to benefit our environment, health, economy, and community.  http://cetonline.org

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Hitchcock Center's mission is to foster a greater awareness and understanding of the natural world and to develop environmentally literate citizens. They offer local natural history programs for people of all ages and backgrounds and work extensively in school systems throughout western Massachusetts training educators to be more effective science teachers.  http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

MassRecycle
MassRecycle is a statewide coalition of individuals, governments, businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting and realizing the vital environmental, social and economic benefits created by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste materials, and by increasing the utilization of recycled products. http://www.massrecycle.org/

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

http://www.mass.gov/dep/recycle/reducere.htm

Northeast Recycling Coalition (NERC)
NERC's mission is to advance an environmentally sustainable economy by promoting source and toxicity reduction, recycling, and the purchasing of environmentally preferable products and services. http://www.nerc.org/

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/index.htm

The Container Recycling Institute (CRI)
CRI educates policy makers, government officials and the general public regarding the social and environmental impacts of the production and disposal of no-deposit, no-return beverage containers and the need for producers to take responsibility for their wasteful packaging.  http://www.container-recycling.org

Plastic Bag Recycling.org
This site provides detailed information about plastic bag and film recycling, including environmental info, fact sheets. identification, drop-off locations, and a directory of recyclers.    http://plasticbagrecycling.org/

The Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers (AFPR)

AFPR has helped to develop a nationwide infrastructure to help facilitate the collection and recycling of expanded polystyrene (EPS-also known as "Styrofoam") packaging. Their site provides information on regional drop-off and mail-in locations for EPS recycling as well as technical and industry information. http://www.epspackaging.org/info.html

World Environmental Organization’s 100 Top Recycling Sites
http://www.world.org/weo/recycling