Green Around Town: Recycling and Composting

Every once in a while, I get the feeling that we as a country and planet, are not moving quickly enough towards sustainability.  It gets discouraging.   I can start to lose steam, almost a “why bother, no one else does,” attitude. 

This time,  I decided to really notice green actions and examples near me.  I made sure to take pictures and went through my old ones to see all that WAS happening around me.  Here are all the examples I found of recycling and composting alone near Boston.


My parents sent me this picture while at my Mom’s college reunion at Clark University in Worcester, MA.



It was great to see recycling right next to each trash container on our town common during the annual strawberry festival in June.



I took this over a year ago while at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Love the graphics!  Hate that the trash is still overflowing.


I saw these all over Boston on a recent trip.



This was great to see a few years back when Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH added them.  Before that they had no recycling whatsoever.



The owner of Westford Pilates, Chris, put this at her studio all on her own.  She told me she takes it home to recycle because her building doesn’t have it available.


Still wish more was happening, but this  was encouraging!  I came across even more in other categories like solar power and electric vehicles, but I’ll save that for another time.

Do you see green actions around you?


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2 Responses to Green Around Town: Recycling and Composting

  1. Betsy (Eco-novice) August 21, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Very important to focus on the positive at times, just to keep up morale. Loved your post about school fundraisers too. My friend’s elementary built a new playground with Terracycle! Although I know Plastic-free Beth has mixed feelings about them enabling plastic packaging. Our elementary has the saddest playground — would love to help them get new equipment.

    • Kristina August 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      Yes very important to focus on positive, Betsy. Overall, I agree with Beth. But I feel like TerraCycle really opens some people’s eyes. They aren’t ready to give up the packaging yet, but seeing the numbers makes them aware and nudges them in that direction. We have raised almost $9000 in 3 years -that’s almost 500,000 wrappers!

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