Before goods become waste, we pay a cost to materials, to production & to shipping. All the way consuming energy. We use them and then pay haul away remainders. Waste costs $$. Reducing what comes into the home or business is the first step to waste reduction. Reusing is the next step, extending the life of products and avoiding unnecessary re-production. Recycling is the last step to recover savings from the loop.
What is the challenge for Belmont?
- Increasing the rate of recycling. Though incinerated trash and recycling have contract costs, only the incinerated trash has a hauling fee. Taxpayers save money when everyone recycles.
- Recycling of waste in the municipal buildings needs improvement.
- Businesses are not able to participate in the town recycling program.
What can you do?
- Pack. Your. Lunch. With reusable containers. You can use a jar, a thermos, a washable bag…lots of options.
- Recycle. Every. Other. Week. Town Recycling Guidelines.
- Tell Your Neighbors. Here is a letter created by the Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee to make it easy for you!
- Compost your food scraps and you will reduce waste collected.
- Proper disposal of bad stuff i.e., mercury, lithium, pharmaceuticals is best for our water and food supply – for our health. Take pharmaceuticals to the Police Station for disposal.
What is Sustainable Belmont doing?
- SB advocated for the hiring a Recycling Coordinator to help facilitate greater recycling of waste.
- Putting recycling bins in all school cafeterias with good signage and training – we applaud the efforts of our town recycling coordinator.
- Using “garden to plate” curriculum to help teach students about soils, plants, food and compost–the food cycle.