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This year’s STEM EXPO Sustainability Challenge was to promoting a local resource, policy or behavior change that makes Wellesley greener. These came in in a variety of formats such as advertisements, essays, videos, artwork and more. Students from elementary through high school thought hard and convinced their audiences that everything from food waste and removing chemicals from their lawns, to composting and hydroponics were ideal ways to help our environment!

Congratulations to the 2019 Sustainability Challenge winners!

Elementary School Winners:

-Elan Usmani: “Making Wellesley Lawns Greener” video

-Nalini Fiorillo: “How Green Is Your Community?” infographic on school commuting

-Abby Brown and Kayla Bohlin: “Plastic in the Oceans” website and video

Middle School Winner:

-Kellen Sharpe: “Composting” video

High School Winner:

-Owen Mix: “Hydroponic Greenhouse” PowerPoint presentation

Many thanks to all our participants in the 2019 STEM Expo Sustainability Challenge:

Nalini Fiorillo, Chase Gemski, TJ Reohr, Elan Usmani, Emelle Bedair and Layla Bedair, Will Hubbard and Henry Haddon, Nina Wied and Ellery Gerhart, Thomas Zhou, Jacob Gottschaulk and Cooper Gooch, Abby Brown, Kayla Bohlin, Emily Burnham and Audrey Song, Solène Zelenko, Claire Roney, Kathryn Bonnette, Caroline Stewart, Lila Welburn, Aiyden Pires, Hope Schofield, Chace Beauvais, Emma Brostrom, Lilah Wallace, Sean Sullivan, Kenny Song, Olivia Kashian, Costi Papavassiliou, Charlote Haig, Alexander Bertucci, Christian Pooley, Christine McMahon, Nick Lafave, Carter Rich, Ieva MacInnes, Liam Berger, Ryan O’Shea, Daniel Goldberg, Sabrina Gabriel, Leila Eccher, Cameron Poirier, Jayden Song, Graci Doherty, Ben Ackerman, Estelle Maroon, Jacob Recht, Max Wied, Allie Chung, Jake Broggi, Mike Lafave, Blyn Kull-Must, Hally Brown, Lizzy Hudson, Nina Waller, Riley Marth, Lauren Young, Zachary Nolan, Evelyn Harrison, Kaitlyn Willett and Hannah Cronin, Leah Wechsler, Eliza Towle, Kellen Sharpe, Blake and Robert Foster, Alivia Jiang, Owen Mix and Ian Lei.

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Stop throwing away all of your food waste. Instead, EASILY turn it into bio gas and compost.

The Town Of Wellesley will actually do it for you. There are only a few spots available left in the Town’s Food Waste Program.

Get your free starter kit (paid for by DEP grants) by clicking here. It includes a counter top bucket, compostable bag liners, and a container for transporting your food waste to the RDF.  When you pick up your kit at the RDF, you will be provided with a brief tutorial on how to use the starter kit and what items to include or not include. This educational flyer includes frequently asked questions and a detail of acceptable and non-acceptable items.

During the pilot program you will drop your filled bags into a container located in the trash drop-off area.  From there, the food waste will go to a farm or an anaerobic digester to turn into compost or biogas.

If you would like to participate in the pilot complete this sign up formand click the ‘Submit’ button.

If you have additional questions, please call the RDF at 781 235 7600 x3345.

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You can easily turn your food waste/compost into biogas by collecting it and bringing it to Wellesley’s own Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF). Now that is renewable energy!

Wellesley residents are invited to participate in a food waste drop off program at the RDF that’s intended to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfills by making composting more convenient for residents.

The three-month pilot, part of a series of initiatives conducted by Wellesley’s 3R(Reduce Reuse Recycle) Working Group, will help the town determine if there’s enough interest to permanently offer the program. The 3R Working Group includes the Department of Public Works, the NRC and the Sustainable Energy Committee.

Food waste starter kit.

As participation in the pilot is on a first-come, first-served basis, interested residents are encouraged to sign up NOW. All participants will receive:

-A free starter kit, paid for by Dept. of Environmental Protection grants, that includes a counter-top compost bucket, compostable bag liners and a container for transporting your food waste to the RDF

-A program tutorial

– Information on acceptable food waste items and those items that are not accepted

Participants will bring their waste-filled bags to a container located in the RDF trash drop off area.  The collected food waste will go to an anaerobic digester to be turned into biogas. Pilot program participants will also be asked to complete follow up feedback surveys.

All enrolled participants can pick up their starter kits at the RDF. The food waste drop off area will be open during regular RDF hours.