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Needham High School’s Environmental Club Focuses on Recycling

Needham High School’s Environmental Club is a small, yet committed group of students working towards making the high school and the community more environmentally conscious.  In the 2013-2014 school year, the agenda revolves around the central issue of recycling.  Back in 2011, the club implemented a recycling program, (which was previously non-existent), in the high …read more

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Needham RTS Superintendent Ann Dorfman Talks About Recycling at the Climate Cafe

At the Needham Congregational Church’s Climate Café on Sunday, Oct. 27th, Needham RTS Superintendent Ann Dorfman spoke to an enthusiastic group of 30 people about recycling.  Ann, who became Needham’s RTS Superintendent in Sept. 2012, has worked in the recycling field for over 15 years.  After a quick review or her background, Ann showed the …read more

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It’s Been 30 Years – Let’s Update the Bottle Bill

We need your help collecting signatures to put the updated bottle deposit question on the ballot in November 2014. The 68,911 required Massachusetts registered voter signatures must be obtained by late November. The updated Bottle Bill will require deposits on water, sports drinks, flavored teas, juices, and other on-the-go beverages which were not included in …read more

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Turning Food Waste Into Energy – an Exciting New State Initiative

Organic matter makes up one-quarter of our waste; it is currently being landfilled or incinerated.  Here’s a new alternative for this waste: anaerobic digestion.  Anaerobic digestion is a technology that produces biogas from organic matter, which can then be used to generate electricity. New state regulations, which take effect next July, ban hospitals, universities, hotels, …read more

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Olin Compost Update

With another semester behind us, it’s time to update our composting totals. For those of you not familiar with Olin’s composting program, we compost all fruit and vegetable waste during food preparation in Olin’s dining hall. The program is in its 5th year and it is run by staff and student volunteers. Fall 2012 data: …read more

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Recycling Opportunities at the RTS — More Than You Think!

What do these items have in common: faded curtains, an old stuffed animal, a music CD, a cellphone, and a clean rigid plastic flower pot?  These items, and many more, can be taken to the Needham RTS for recycling or reuse. Ann Dorfman, the recently hired RTS supervisor, has put together a new website packed …read more

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Recycling results for school and town buildings – 2011-12

Needham is in its fourth year of single-stream recycling in schools and town buildings. How are we doing? Not as well as we could be. The total amount of recycling was about the same in 2011-12 (3rd year) as it was in 2009-10 (the first year), so we haven’t improved. That’s disappointing because you would …read more

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Bottled up, again

For nearly fifteen years, Massachusetts legislators and supporters have been trying to pass an expanded bottle bill that would treat all beverage containers similarly, ending the nonsensical distinction between carbonated beverages (subject to the deposit) and non-carbonated beverages (not subject to the deposit). Despite polls showing 77% support from the public and a majority of …read more

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Recycling pilot featured on the Needham Channel news

This week’s Needham Channel News included a report on the pilot program for recycling containers in public places. Green Needham and the Interfaith Environmental Network worked with the Department of Public Works, the Park & Recreation Commission and the Trustees of Memorial Park to initiate the program. The program kicked off at the end of …read more

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Interfaith Environmental Network fields recycling pilot

Youth sports teams and other users of several DeFazio and Memorial Park fields will soon be able to recycle their containers instead of throwing them away thanks to a recycling pilot led by seven Needham faith organizations. Members of the faith organizations, meeting over the past two years as an Interfaith Environmental Network to share …read more

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