For their Silver Award, Wellesley Girl Scouts Elise McDonough, Hadley Grover, and Vivi Dublin worked with Wellesley's Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) to create this information pamphlet to pass out to new families moving into town, informing them of all that the RDF offers.
"We wanted to create awareness of the benefits of recycling in our town," the Scouts said. "The RDF takes our recycled items and sells them, making money that they give back to our community. Wellesley also has a Reusables Area, known as the 'Give and Take' area. Here you can drop off items in good condition, and then other residents can then take them, for free. All of these efforts reduces landfill," the Scouts said.
Kudos to these students for making this 'Creating Simple Steps for a Greener Life' pamphlet that realtors can hand out to new homeowners. They are obviously proud to show off the benefits of recycling and using our town’s RDF.
Although the pamphlet is targeted to new and existing residents, they also want folks to know that any Wellesley business with surplus cardboard and plastic, should bring it to the RDF as well as it is very valuable to Wellesley.
Please share this and use it, so that we can keep things out of landfill.
Thank you to Elise, Hadley Grover, and Vivi.
The Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) will resume Sunday hours beginning on Sunday, April 2. Sunday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will continue through late fall.
Mark your calendars for these other upcoming events:
Work at the RDF this summer! The RDF is hiring teens and young adults for paid summer internship positions. Responsibilities are varied and no prior experience is necessary; hours are flexible based on the specific duties.
Please email RDF Business Manager MaryRuth Reynolds at email@example.com for information.
Textiles and mattresses will be added to Massachusetts’ solid waste ban starting November 1st. This is part of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP) 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan where the goal is to reduce disposal statewide by 30 percent (from 5.7 million tons in 2018 to 4 million tons in 2030) over the next decade.
In order to reach the long-term goal of achieving a 90 percent reduction in disposal to 570,000 tons by 2050 mattresses, box springs and textiles will be added to the list of materials banned from disposal or transport for disposal in Massachusetts. This means that textiles and mattresses will no longer be able to go in the regular trash and instead will have to be recycled.
In addition, they are lowering the threshold on commercial organic/food waste to facilities generating more than one-half ton of these materials per week.
The Wellesley Recycling & Disposal Facility (RDF) is supplying food waste collection starter kits for your kitchen in an effort to increase food waste diversion from residential trash. Collecting your food waste separately keeps it out of a landfill and creates clean energy; furthermore, it’s easy.
Call the RDF ahead of time to reserve your no cost kit at 781-235-7600 x3345. Then, simply put all of your food waste (bones too!) in your bin at home. Then place it in the the green totters marked "FOOD WASTE" located by the trash compactors at the RDF. The food waste is then taken to a facility where it is turned into clean energy.
So get your kit and start diverting food waste today!
YES! The good news is that you CAN recycle greasy pizza boxes.
Greasy pizza boxes should be deposited in with the boxboard and chipboard, not with the cardboard and paper bags. The grease contamination on the cardboard pizza box degrades the fiber to the same value as most chipboard & boxboard.
Removing greasy pizza boxes from the cardboard and brown paper bags will maintain the high value of the clean non-greasy cardboard and brown paper bag fibers.