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Looking Under the Covers at UTEC Mattress Recycling

People who are familiar with UTEC’s mattress recycling social enterprise think of our warehouse where teams of young adults stack, shred, and move hundreds of mattresses every day. While the warehouse is at the heart of the UTEC recycling program, there’s more to it than meets the eye. UTEC does curbside pickups and container pickups … >More


House Speaker DeLeo Visits UTEC

Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo (second from right) meets with UTEC staff. Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo made a special trip to Lowell on May 30, 2017 to visit UTEC. Speaker DeLeo is known for his leadership of innovation economy efforts. He has also been a voice in policy improvements to support … >More


Keeping It Fresh at Café UTEC

The staff at Cafe UTEC. Photo by Adrien Bisson (http://adrienbisson.com/). There are a number of reasons why many Lowellians choose Café UTEC as their favorite lunch spot. Some will mention the friendly staff, others the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere, but most people keep coming back, of course, because of the food – fresh, quality food … >More


UTEC re-entry grant to give troubled kids a second chance

  June 27, 2017 From The Lowell Sun: LOWELL — Jamel Bonilla was just 17 when he faced three felony charges. After dabbling in drugs, getting involved in gang activity and being incarcerated, Bonilla finally decided to go to UTEC. The mother of his daughter also went to UTEC, which helped her earn her GED. … >More


Recycling E-Waste with Workers Looking for a Second Chance

June 22, 2019 From Waste 360: Indiana-based RecycleForce is taking e-waste from businesses, governments and some residents and processing them using the labor of former prisoners reentering the workforce. About 350 to 380 come through annually for four- to six-month employment stints. “That is a big a part of our job, to produce a workforce,” … >More


UTEC Youth Provides Moving Testimony for Expungement Bill

Jefferson Alvarez. Photo by Jill Goldman Photography. On June 5th, youth organizers from across Massachusetts converged on the State House in Boston for a public hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. The organizers have been working for years to pass a law that would allow for the expungement of juvenile records. Below is … >More


State hears criminal justice reform advocates

  June 7, 2017 From The Bay State Banner:  A 21-year-old member of UTEC, advocated for the ability to expunge juvenile records. He said his life took a wrong turn seven years ago, when he was arrested on the verge of a fight as a high school freshman. Police arrived before the altercation turned physical, … >More


Criminal justice reform likely in Mass., but how far will it go?

    June 5, 2017 From The Boston Globe: Most everyone agrees that this is the year to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system. But sharp divisions remain over how far the changes should go. Governor Charlie Baker and top lawmakers have said they want to give prisoners more opportunities to earn early release by … >More