Marj Wexler is chair of the Egremont Green Committee; Pat Konecky, Juliette Haas and Corinna Barnard are members. They will be submitting periodic reports of their committee’s activities in the town of Egremont, Massachusetts.
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Saturday, 9 Feb 2019 - You don’t have to look far for organizations pushing for solutions—there are lots of exciting opportunities to engage.
Thursday, 6 Dec 2018 - This year’s data leave us feeling like yo-yo dieters on the weight-gaining rebound. Our trash tonnage has gone up and not by a couple of tons, but by a solid 35—almost 10 percent.
Friday, 11 May 2018 - On May 1, Egremont followed Great Barrington and Williamstown in passing a resolution to protect bees and butterflies and a multitude of creatures that play a critical role in the ecosystem.
Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018 - By the end of our annual Earth Day event in Egremont, we will have diverted as much as 800 pounds of material away from our delicate land and waterways into trash or recycling streams.
Friday, 23 Mar 2018 - Fighting climate change can mean everything from sealing up drafty houses and driving an electric vehicle to keeping up with a fossil-free push that is gaining steam worldwide.
Monday, 19 Feb 2018 - The most common examples of recyclable plastic film are bags for dry-cleaning, groceries, bread and produce, including zip-top bags.
Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 - Let’s hope that China’s ban on several types of scrap plastic will push our society to rethink our reliance on plastic and also force us to come up with more options for its post-consumer use.
Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 - Check with your town, but most paper and tissue gift wrappings, as well as cards, are recyclable as long as they don’t contain foil, metallic inks or glitter. And all those cardboard shipping boxes could make a great first layer of sheet mulching next spring.
Egremont Green News: Long-gone Rag-and-Bone Men are starting to look like heroes of the zero-waste movement
Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017 - Foraging through garbage and picking through the houses and property of the dead, the rag-and-bone man became a figure for dark shadows and dead ends. So watch out for him on Halloween.
Friday, 6 Oct 2017 - The idea was to collect 5-cent deposit beverage containers from the town transfer station and send the money to victims of a historically destructive month of hurricanes. In the process, we also developed some ideas about how the Massachusetts Bottle Bill, a good thing, could be made even better.
Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 - Great Barrington police estimate that three to five people a day drop off old meds at their take-back receptacle, which is the size and shape of a mailbox and sits to the right of the window at the police desk.
Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 - For each type of dumpster, the town pays a hauling fee of between $150 and $250. Reducing the number of trips saves money so we try to cram as much as possible into each load. You can help by crushing that gallon plastic milk container under your foot and squishing out the air.
Monday, 3 Jul 2017 - Not everyone enjoys separating trash, rinsing cans and bottles and loading their cars with plastic film bags for their next trip to town. We get that. And we don’t want to be finger-wagging scolds. We try to build team spirit.