Wonder Where Your Waste Goes?
Wellesley's waste is hauled to Fitchburg, MA.
This dangerous landfill releases poisonous gases and leachate into the environment. Let's lessen its impact on neighboring state forest land and two neighboring environmental justice communities that already bear the brunt of the site’s pollution by REDUCING OUR WASTE!
That means re-use and re-purpose and compost more. Plus try to use less; there are health, environmental, social justice and financial reasons to do so.
Wellesley's Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) has many resources and our clean, sorted waste makes money for our Town! So get your station ready at home, talk to all and start sorting.
Here are a few new things you should know:
Try a new change in your waste reduction efforts a week as the current scale and pace of waste generation is unsustainable.
~ What can you do to reduce plastic in your life?
Bring re-usable bags and beverage containers.
Skip the plastic straw and bring your own take out containers
Choose produce and other items NOT wrapped in plastic
Try making cleaning and other products at home
Choose bar soaps and shampoos instead of those in bottles
Get dry cleaning in re-usable bags not disposables
~ Why Skip The Straw?
500 million plastic straws are thrown away every day in the US according to 5 Gyres, a global health non-profit. To understand it, that’s 46,400 school buses every year! It is an average of 1.6 straws per person per day. That’s 175 billion a year filtering into landfills and littering our waterways and oceans. To learn more see this unbelievable fact sheet on it.
Here is Mellissa's plastic reduction journey