Join over 470 families who are already dropping their food waste off at the RDF where it is transferred to a facility that converts it to biogas.

This biogas becomes a local renewable energy source that is substituted for natural gas. Diverting this food waste from landfills helps reduce the release of destructive methane gas.

The RDF eliminates the “yuk factor” by providing a free countertop container to collect the food waste, bags to line the container and a sealable collection bucket to store the food waste until the next trip to the RDF. More information is contained on the attached flyer or call Ellen Korpi at 781 772-2045.

This program is sponsored by the Town’s 3R Working Group (Department of Public Works, Sustainable Energy Committee and The Natural Resources Commission).

Phyllis Theermann

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With growing evidence of the environmental hazards of plastic bags, at least 16 Massachusetts communities have now passed bag bans and many more communities are considering restrictions. What should Wellesley do?

Wellesley residents are invited to come together for a free event on Friday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley (309 Washington St., Parish Hall) to discuss the topic.

The evening will start with a 45-minute version of the award-winning film, “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” to give some perspective on the topic. Then Newton Alderman Alison Leary will describe her work on passing the Newton bag ban, which went into effect in July. Discussion will focus on whether a ban is right for Wellesley.

The recent decision by the Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility to stop collecting plastic bags for recycling has brought a new sense of urgency to the issue of banning bags. The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission is also concerned about the environmental effects of the bags on wildlife and wetlands.

The event is open to the public. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided by UU Wellesley. The Town of Wellesley 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group will also be giving away free reusable bags. The 3R Working Group was formed by the Wellesley Department of Public Works, the Natural Resources Commission, and the Sustainable Energy Committee to explore waste management issues in Wellesley.

Event sponsors include UU Wellesley (Green Sanctuary Ministry Team and Learning Committee), Sustainable Wellesley, and the Town of Wellesley 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group.