Our Story

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Our Story

GreenLabs Recycling began as an idea between co-founders Brenda and David Waterman when they were graduate students at Brandeis University. Brenda and her now-husband David worked in the same lab together and were shocked at the immense amount of plastic they went through in a single day, particularly in the form of single-use pipette tip boxes. These tip boxes rarely if ever come into contact with chemical or biological material, but are still routinely mislabeled as "medical waste" and sent to landfills or incinerators. They realized their small lab was only a minute part of a much larger problem plaguing labs in universities and research hubs in the Greater Boston Area. 

David and Brenda decided to take action against this issue and applied for Brandeis' Sprout and National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps programs and pitched the idea of creating a plastic recycling program focused on lab waste. Their idea was met enthusiastically and through the program, they were able to meet the other co-founders of GreenLabs Recycling: Matt Young and Stephen Armstrong, both waste engineers; and Zach Knecht, a fellow Brandeis graduate student. With their help, GreenLabs Recycling was founded in 2018. 

GreenLabs Recycling continues to grow today providing services to between 30 and 40 locations in the areas of Beverly, Boston, Cambridge, Concord, Danvers, Medford, Natick, Somerville, Waltham, and Watertown.