Earth Day 2017

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What:  Longmeadow Residents Celebrate Earth Day

When:  Saturday morning, April 22, 2017, from 9 to12.

Where:  Longmeadow Recycling Center on Pondside Road

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Help Longmeadow celebrate Earth Day with: two special events:

 1.  On Saturday, April 22, 2017 (EARTH DAY) come join the Recycling Commission at the Recycling Center on Pondside Road Saturday morning from 9 to 12 to celebrate our recycling accomplishments and learn about what more we can do.

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 On Saturday, April 29, 2017 there will be a free paper shredding event at LHS from 9-12.

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Help us celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with:

    •     Refreshments

   •     Free gift basket raffle

   •     Lots of Recycling education Information

   •     Recycling decals for your curbside recycling  

   •     Composting demo and compost bins for sale

   •     Re-usable shopping bags donated by Big Y

 While you are at the Recycling Center we want to make sure that you check out some other recycling opportunities.

CLOTHING AND TEXTILES: Bring them to the Recycling Center!

On average, every American discards about 80 pounds of textiles each year that end up in landfills or incinerators, yet almost 100% of textile waste we throw away is able to be reused / recycled / re-purposed regardless of its condition.

Did you know that items such as clothes with tears and stains, curtains, throw rugs, old towels, sheets, worn out blankets and bed pillows, stuffed animals, single sneakers, shoes or flip flops, pocketbooks, woolens, stained silks, fabrics, undergarments and yes, old socks are highly desired on the secondary materials recycling market?

Charitable organizations such as Goodwill and Salvation Army collect these textiles. Those items that arent reused in their stores are sorted out for recycling and transferred to textile recovery facilities.  Some items are converted into wiping and polishing cloths, some are made into high-quality paper, and others are reprocessed into fibers for upholstery, carpet backing and insulation.

In Longmeadow you can bring your CLEAN and DRY textiles to the Recycling Center for the Salvation Army drop box. For more information about textile recycling go to www.longmeadow.org or contact the DPW at 567-3400.

COMPOSTING

The average American family discards up to 200 pounds of kitchen waste each year.  We can save money by composting food waste rather than filling up trash bags and bins. Instead of purchasing bagged fertilizers and topsoil every spring, residents can save money and reduce waste by using homemade compost.

 Compost bins and kitchen scrap buckets are available at a reduced cost at the Longmeadow DPW. Call 567-3400. For a detailed description on composting and a composting brochure see www.mass.gov/dep/recycle/reduce/composti.htm.

BULKY RIDGID PLASTIC RECYCLING IS HERE!

We have a new roll-off, funded with a grant from the Mass. Department of Environmental Affairs, which allows you to recycle such items as plastic buckets, plastic lawn furniture, plastic toys and flower pots.  In addition, plastic garbage cans and recycling bins, as well as automotive plastics (bumpers, grills, hubcaps can be brought to our new Bulky Rigid Plastic roll-off/

Important message about plastic bags:  Do not put plastic bags (such as grocery, newspaper bags) OR anything in a plastic bag in your curbside recycling bin.  They cause damage to the equipment at the recycling facility and can cause our recycled materials to be rejected. Your clean and empty plastic bags can be recycled at the Big Y.

Thank you for recycling on April 22 and remembering that at home, school and work, everyday is Earth Day!

For more information about recycling opportunities in Longmeadow go to www.longmeadow.org or call the Recycling Commission at 567-3400.