Archive of posts filed under the Recycling category.

Reducing Food Waste – June 7th Workshop for Restaurants and Food Service Businesses

Restaurants and food service businesses in Needham and neighboring communities are invited to a workshop on Reducing Food Waste on Tuesday, June 7th at 9:30 am. This free workshop is designed for the busy food service professional and is presented by Green Needham and RecyclingWorks. This free workshop is open to food service businesses in …read more

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What you didn’t know about Recycling at the Needham RTS

Think you know everything about recycling at the Needham RTS?  Maybe, maybe not – read on, you may learn something new! Some Surprising Recycling Facts: Sure, they’re plastic, but …. do not recycle plastic bags of any kind at the RTS – these cause serious problems at recycling facilities, jamming equipment as they getting wrapped around the …read more

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From Orange Peels to Electricity — Grocery Store Food Waste as a Source of Energy

You are probably aware of the shocking figure — up to 40% of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten. As Green Needham explores local solutions to food waste, we will be highlighting businesses that are making efforts to avoid generating food waste in the first place and then putting the remaining food waste …read more

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Stuff

Stuff. We all have it, we might think we have too much (or at least the other people in our household have too much) and at the same time there’s always something else we want (ooh, look!) The poet William Wordsworth wrote “the world is too much with us” and more recently the B-52’s extolled …read more

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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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