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.  

Environmental Issues Committee meeting on Thursday

The Environmental Issues Committee will meet on Thursday, November 16th at 11 am at Panera Bread in Newton Center.  If you’re interested in issues ranging from updating our water and sewer systems to gas leaks to green energy in Newton, come join us!

This Thursday–Topic Meeting: What can be done about Newton’s 588 gas leaks?

Come to the November League of Women Voter’s Topic meeting on

Gas Leaks in Newton

and learn what can be done about our 588 leaks

Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

At NewTV, 23 Needham Street (on Easy Street next to National Lumber Company)

Speakers:  Launa Zimmaro, LWVMA Environmental Specialist

                  Ellie Goldberg, Mothers Out Front

 Natural gas leaks:

  • Can cause explosions
  • Kill trees and other plants
  • Harm human health
  • Are an extraordinarily potent greenhouse gas
  • Waste a valuable fossil fuel that has been harvested through fracking

What’s more – we pay for all the gas wasted in leaks!

 

 

November 9th Topic Meeting: What can be done about Newton’s 588 gas leaks?

Come to the November League of Women Voter’s Topic meeting on

Gas Leaks in Newton

and learn what can be done about our 588 leaks

Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

At NewTV, 23 Needham Street (on Easy Street next to National Lumber Company)

Speakers:  Launa Zimmaro, LWVMA Environmental Specialist

                  Ellie Goldberg, Mothers Out Front

 Natural gas leaks:

  • Can cause explosions
  • Kill trees and other plants
  • Harm human health
  • Are an extraordinarily potent greenhouse gas
  • Waste a valuable fossil fuel that has been harvested through fracking

What’s more – we pay for all the gas wasted in leaks!

 

 

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