News and Events
Center sponsored a Roundtable on Rubber Recycling in Westborough, MA on June 23, 2003
Federal, State, local
highway representatives and scrap tire industry leaders took part in the first New England
Rubber Recycling Roundtable on June 23, 2003.
The purpose of the meeting was to bring together
leading policy, decision-makers and industry officials for a day long exchange of ideas
and information. Specifically, scrap tire recycling to produce crumb rubber that can be
utilized in rubberized pavement for New England was discussed.
For a summary of the day, please click here. To contact
SuperCool, a scrap tire recycling company who helped organize the Roundtable, please email Bob Shatten.
Chelsea Center to Close on June 23, 2003
As some in the recycling community are already
aware, the continued existence of the Chelsea Center has been a central issue for several
months now. This period of struggle, serious consideration, and reflection has convinced
us that the Chelsea Center no longer has the support required to continue its activities
into the coming fiscal year. Despite a generous offer from the Chancellor of UMass Lowell
to continue staff support through FY04 at half the FY03 rate, we have been unable to
secure adequate additional public or private funding in order to maintain a meaningful
program. For this reason, effective June 30, 2003, the Chelsea Center will close. This has
not been an easy decision, but we believe it is the appropriate one.
As a project of the Lowell Center for Sustainable
Production at UMass Lowell, we anticipate that the web site, publications and library
resources will be housed and supported there. As of July 1, 2003 inquiries related
specifically to the Chelsea Center may be directed to Cathy Crumbley, Program Director,
via telephone at 978-934-2980 or email to Cathy_Crumbley@uml.edu..
For matters pertaining both to broader as well as specific
issues related to recycling market development programs and activities in Massachusetts,
please contact Steve Long at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection via
telephone at 617-292-5734 or email to Stephen.Long@state.ma.us.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you
for your contributions to the Chelsea Center over its nearly decade long existence. There
have been many successes and accomplishments as well as lessons learned. We can only hope
that a legacy will remain upon which to continue the efforts to create a sustainable
materials economy in Massachusetts, where businesses will thrive that rely on locally
discarded goods for their raw materials.
May 15, 2003
Center Receives National Award
for Promoting Economic Benefits of Recycling
(Press Release - February 19, 2002)
A Massachusetts program
that supports efforts by businesses and communities to reap economic benefits from
recycling has been nationally recognized for its work.
The Chelsea Center for
Recycling and Economic Development was presented with the National Recycling
Coalitions (NRC) Outstanding Market Development Award during the NRCs annual
meeting in Seattle last month. The award recognized the Chelsea Center for its
comprehensive outreach, education and assistance services which support manufacturers,
municipalities, community development corporations, non-profits organizations, university
researchers and others in the development of markets for materials which would otherwise
end up in our landfills.
Our efforts are
pretty comprehensive, and I think thats why we were singled out for this national
honor, said Amy Perlmutter, executive director of the Center, which is affiliated
with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and the Commonwealths STrategic
Envirotechnology Partnership (STEP). Most other recycling market development
programs focus on either giving out technical grants, or sponsoring research, or providing
direct assistance to businesses and communities. We do all of those things, plus a lot
more. We try to promote recycling in Massachusetts, and especially the economic benefits
of recycling, on every possible front.
This award is
significant because the judges are peers in the recycling industry, said Lori
Gummow, the NRC Awards Chairperson. The Chelsea Center was put on a pedestal, placed
there by peers in the industry who feel its programs are so outstanding, they deserve to
be acknowledged nationally.
The Chelsea Center for
Recycling and Economic Development was created by the state legislature in 1995 with a
mission to create jobs, support recycling efforts and help the economy and environment by
increasing the use of recovered materials by Massachusetts manufacturers. It receives
funding from the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Executive Office of
Environmental Affairs Clean Environment Fund.
Since it was founded,
the Chelsea Center has assisted dozens of recycled product manufacturers by providing
marketing and business development support, grants for research or product testing,
interns for special projects, and assistance with new market development.
The Center also has
programs that work with communities, economic development corporations, university
researchers and non-profit organizations, always with the aim of increasing the market for
locally recycled materials as a means for boosting the local economy as well as reducing
the demand for trash disposal facilities.
Perlmutter, there are currently 1,400 large and small businesses in Massachusetts that are
in some way connected with the recycling industry, either through manufacturing products
made from recycled materials, or collecting and processing recycled materials. Those
companies account for 20,000 jobs and more than $140 million in annual revenues for the
state, she added. And, Massachusetts manufacturers use close to four million tons of
recycled materials to make new products.
For information about
the NRC awards, contact Gummow at 815-637-1343 or see the NRCs web site: www.nrc-recycle.org.
Trade Show Grants
Due to funding cuts, the Chelsea Center will NOT be providing funding for Trade
Show Grants in FY03*
The Chelsea Center for
Recycling and Economic Development had had grant money available to help
Massachusetts manufacturers of recycled products reduce the cost of exhibiting at
trade shows. It paid for no more than 50% of the total cost to exhibit per show, and no
more than $500 per company, per year.
Download the application by clicking
here. (you must have the Adobe reader to view
Awards were made on a first come, first served basis as long as exhibit space and funds
Recycling Internship (ReTern) Program - 2002/2003
FOR FY03 WAS EXTREMELY LIMITED!!!
you have a marketing, accounting or finance project that needs to get done but
Is there a process or engineering problem that needs just a little push to get resolved?
The Chelsea Center may be able to
help you. We are once again seeking projects for our recycling internship (ReTERN)
program, where we match graduate and senior level undergraduate students with
Massachusetts recycled product manufacturers.
The ReTERN program is sponsored by
the Chelsea Center for Recycling and Economic Development, and funded by the Clean
Environment Fund through the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
- Companies must be manufacturers
located or planning to locate in Massachusetts. Projects must support the companys
use of recycled materials. Projects should be able to be completed within 12 weeks,
approximately 10 hours per week, and must provide interns with a high quality,
professional work experience. The Chelsea Center helps find the intern and pays their
salary for up to 120 hours.
- What Type of
Students are Available?
Graduate and senior level undergraduate students from Massachusetts colleges and
universities are selected to fit each project. Business students provide a range of
assistance to clients on projects relating to marketing, management, finance or
accounting. Technical students may provide research, testing, or process assistance in the
- How Do I Apply?
*To download the Fall/Spring 2002/2003 ReTern Application click here.
*You must have Adobe Reader to download application form.
Please note: While it is our
goal that appropriate matches are made between manufacturers and students, these matches
are not always possible.
Chelsea Center for Recycling and Economic Development