LWVN Environmental Issues Committee (EIC) Meeting on Thursday, January 18th

The Environmental Issues Committee (EIC) will meet on Thursday, January 18th at 11 am at 20 Devon Road.  The agenda includes an update of polystyrene, sidewalk snow clearing, and gas leaks.  If you can attend, please contact info@lwvnewton.org

Send a letter to the EPA in support of the Clean Power Plan!

This just came in from LWV of Northampton:

LWVUS made an urgent plea to members to contact the Environmental Protection Agency, urging them not to repeal the Clean Power Plan.  

Join us! Time is short.  All comments must be in before midnight on January 16.

Submitting a comment is quick and easy.  There are several ways to submit comments.  

  • Email: a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov Include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 in the subject line of the message.
  • EPA Comment pagewww.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355
  • Mail: EPA, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail Code 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460
  • Fax: (202) 566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355

LWVN Environmental Issues Committee (EIC) Meeting on Thursday, January 18th

The Environmental Issues Committee (EIC) will meet on Thursday, January 18th at 11 am at 20 Devon Road.  The agenda includes an update of polystyrene, sidewalk snow clearing, and gas leaks.  If you can attend, please contact info@lwvnewton.org

Recycling Information from Newton DPW

The info below is from Waneta Trabert, Director of Environmental Affairs at the Newton DPW:

Plastic bags are the #1 source of contamination in Newton’s recycling. Though they are recyclable, plastic bags are not accepted in single stream recycling because they cause problems at the sorting center and can create a safety risk for workers. Prevent plastic bag contamination by taking plastic bags to store drop off locations along with other types of plastic film. Recyclables should be placed loose in the cart – never in a plastic bag.  

Confused about how holidays will impact trash day? Unsure about how to properly dispose of something? Use Recycle Right Newton, the City’s trash and recycling app. The app features a collection calendar with collection day reminders (handy for holidays, yard waste season, and household hazardous waste events), a search tool to find where waste goes, and a waste sorting game that is fun for all ages! Available for Apple and Android devices.

Food waste is over 25% of the waste stream in Massachusetts. In Spring 2018, the City of Newton will be coordinating an exploratory organics collection pilot program to reduce and recover food waste. We need your feedback! Take this brief survey to help pick the pilot neighborhood.  

In addition, please view all of the new educational materials here and by using the links below:

Seeking Low Noise Lawn Care Provider Recommendations

The LWVN Environmental Issues Committee is helping GreenNewton collect names of lawn care providers who use only 65-decibel leaf blowers and/or rake, as well as clear snow from driveways and sidewalks. Please send the names and contact info to dolanlucia@gmail.com.  We will send your recommendations to Green Newton to include on their list at  www.greennewton.org, under the resources tab.  

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