Massachusetts Directory of
Recycled Products Manufacturers
Citizens of Massachusetts
and throughout the country have growing access to recycling programs. But the materials
collected in these programs are not actually recycled until they are incorporated into new
products. Massachusetts has set a goal of recycling 70% of its solid waste by the year
2010, potentially making 9 million tons of recyclables available annually. These materials
provide tremendous business opportunities for entrepreneurs.
The mission of this Directory is to raise the visibility of manufacturing with recyclables
in the Commonwealth, highlight the level and depth of activity and innovation in the
recovered materials manufacturing industry in Massachusetts, and help stimulate demand for
these products, as well as for the materials collected in statewide recycling programs.
The companies listed in this directory range from large paper mills to small artisans; the
products from bread to catch basins on Deer Island. Among the new products we have learned
about this year are candleholders made using recovered glass cullet and flooring made from
recovered carpeting. The possibilities for making new products from our discards are
limitless and much of the material in Massachusetts' waste stream stands ready to be used.
The Chelsea Center was created to help industry make use of this feedstock. The Center was
launched by the Commonwealth in 1995, through the University of Massachusetts, for the
purpose of creating jobs, supporting recycling efforts, and helping the State's economy
and the environment by working to increase the use of recovered materials in manufacturing
processes. The Center's objectives are to assist manufacturers in commercializing new,
innovative recycling and reuse technologies; and stimulate investment in recycling
industries throughout Massachusetts.
Who is Listed?
The companies listed in this directory are limited to those that alter the
material beyond the basic sorting, crushing or baling involved in processing materials for
many end markets. These companies either:
CPO: Computer Printout. A
high quality grade of paper waste
HDPE: High Density
Polyethylene, a plastic resin labeled as #2 plastic. Commonly used in milk and detergent
Ferrous: Iron bearing.
Grey Iron: Iron with a high
HIPS: High Impact
Polystyrnene, a plastic resin.
LDPE: Low Density
Polyethylene, a plastic resin labeled as #4, often used in film applications.
LLDPE: Linear Low Density
Polyethylene, a plastic resin.
Medium: Otherwise known as
corrugation medium, the ridged interior of corrugated cardboard.
OCC: Old Corrugated
Cardboard. A grade of post-consumer paper, generally from used boxes.
ONP: Old Newsprint. A grade
of post-consumer paper waste.
PC: Post Consumer. Products
or materials that have served their intended use.
Terephthalate, a plastic resin labeled as #1 plastic, commonly used in soda bottles.
PI: Post Industrial. Waste
that is generated as a by-product of the manufacturing process.
PP: Polypropylene. A plastic
resin labeled as #5.
Scrap: Discarded materials
that are usually segregated and suitable for recovery or reclamation.
Secondary Materials: Used
interchangeably with scrap in this guide.
Steel: Iron based alloy,
malleable under certain conditions, containing up to 2% carbon.
TDF: Tire Derived Fuel.
Shredded tire pieces used as boiler fuel.
TPY: Tons per year.