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Thursday, Jul 30
Newton Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect!
Starts: Thursday, Jul 30
Ends: Friday, Jul 31 - 12:00 am
Description: On July 30, Newton's Plastic Bag Ordinance will start banning point of sale plastic bags less than 3 mils in thickness at retail establishments of 3,500 sq. ft. or greater. Retail stores with retail space of less than 3,500 sq. ft. or multiple locations under 3,500 square feet will be exempt from the ban. Bags used for loose produce, laundry or dry-cleaner bags or newspaper bags will also be exempt.

When Newton's Board of Aldermen unanimously passed this ordinance back in January 2015, they considered the millions of animals that are killed or mutilated by ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic bags every year. The bags are so aerodynamic that they frequently blow away and become litter that does not biodegrade; instead they slowly fragment into tiny bits that can then contaminate soil, waterways, and our oceans. These small bits, known as micro-plastics, displace food supplies and threaten the survival of a broad range of sea life.

In Massachusetts, 15 communities have now passed bans; Brookline, Cambridge, Concord, Falmouth, Great Barrington, Harwich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Nantucket, Newton, Newburyport, Northhampton, Provincetown, Wellfleet and Williamstown. Nationally hundreds of communities have passed bans including the entire states of California and Hawaii.

Shaw's no longer offers plastic bags, so if you shop there, remember to bring your own re-usable bags or you will be charged 10 cents for each paper bag. Green Newton asks you to bring your re-usable bags every time you shop, even if it means trekking back to your car to get them.
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Saturday, Aug 1
Farmer’s Market at Elm Street
Starts: Saturday, Aug 1
Ends: Saturday, Aug 1 - 2:00 pm
Location: Elm St. in West Newton
Description: Green Decade welcomes volunteers of all ages at our Farmers Market booth for even just an hour or two on an occasional basis. Until the last week in October, Farmers Markets are on Tuesdays, 1:30-6pm in Cold Spring Park on Beacon St. and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm on Elm St. in West Newton. To volunteer, contact info@greendecade.org or call 617-965-1995.
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Tuesday, Aug 4
Farmer’s Market at Cold Spring Park
Starts: Tuesday, Aug 4
Ends: Tuesday, Aug 4 - 6:00 pm
Location: Cold Spring Park on Beacon St. in Newton
Description: Green Decade welcomes volunteers of all ages at our Newton Farmers Market booth for even just an hour or two on an occasional basis. Until the last week in October, Farmers Markets are on Tuesdays, 1:30-6pm in Cold Spring Park on Beacon St. and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm on Elm St. in West Newton. To volunteer, contact info@greendecade.org or call 617-965-1995.
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Saturday, Aug 8
Farmer’s Market at Elm Street
Starts: Saturday, Aug 8
Ends: Saturday, Aug 8 - 2:00 pm
Location: Elm St. in West Newton
Description: Green Decade welcomes volunteers of all ages at our Farmers Market booth for even just an hour or two on an occasional basis. Until the last week in October, Farmers Markets are on Tuesdays, 1:30-6pm in Cold Spring Park on Beacon St. and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm on Elm St. in West Newton. To volunteer, contact info@greendecade.org or call 617-965-1995.
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Green Newton Highlights

25th Anniversary: GN Honors Eric Olson as Environmental Leader

Dr. Eric Olson (pictured above left with GN President Marcia Cooper and GN Vice President Jim Purdy) was awarded the 2015 Green Newton Bruyn Award for Environmental Leadership along with Alderwoman Deborah Crossley. Dr. Olson, Senior Lecturer at Brandeis University’s Heller School, … Read More

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Recycling and Waste Reduction in Our Schools

The School Outreach Committee brings parents and educators of Newton together to share ideas about promoting energy and resource conservation in Newton schools. Past projects implemented at schools include: Classroom and Cafeteria recycling and composting Zero Waste Days and Green … Read More

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Healthy Environments

One of Green Newton’s missions is to protect people and the environment by promoting alternatives to toxic landscape chemicals and pesticides (i.e., herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides) through public education campaigns and community action. community resource and clearinghouse for information, referrals … Read More

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Weatherization, LED Bulbs, & Solar Homes

In our efforts to offset Global Warming, Green Newton´s Energy Committee educates residents, business people, and institutions about wise energy use, energy efficiency and renewable energy. We educate the community about renewable energy and energy efficiency through designing, financing, installing, … Read More

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