Category Archives: Waste

The City of Newton is currently considering eliminating the use of polystyrene foam food containers in Newton food establishments. Commonly known as styrofoam, polystyrene foam containers are known to be hazardous to human health and detrimental to wildlife. The following article appeared in the … Read More

If you’d like to help to reduce plastic waste, try bringing reusable fabric bags to supermarkets for your fruit and veggie purchases instead of using plastic bags from the produce department. Also, consider whether you need any bag at all if you are putting produce such as bananas into … Read More

Send an important message to publishers about wasteful distribution. According to the Product Stewardship Institute, every 100 unwanted phone books removed from printing and distribution reduces greenhouse gas emissions equal to nearly 2,000 miles driven by a passenger vehicle. How Can Residents Opt … Read More

City Compost–a home composting service– reports that 131 new households have joined their service in the month of December.  That will amount to over 1300 lbs. each week of food scraps for making new soil. It would be great to have more of us … Read More

Plastic bags are the #1 source of contamination in Newton’s recycling… a message from Waneta Trabert, Director, Newton Environmental Affairs Division Plastic bags are the #1 source of contamination in Newton’s recycling. Though they are recyclable, plastic bags are not accepted … Read More