On December 2 Green Newton held a presentation on moving Newton to stronger waste reduction measures. Reducing waste is a matter of human and environmental health, equity, and also a way for the City to mitigate future rise in disposal costs. The presentation covers the recommendations outlined in the report released recently by the  Newton Sustainable Materials Management Commission (Read the report). Measurable goals, variable size carts, ‘less cost for less trash ‘ programs, and citywide  organics collection are some of the strategies that can help us reduce trash and buffer us against cost increases and environmental decline.

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Speakers included:

  • Kirstie Pecci, Director of the Zero Waste Project and Senior Attorney at Conservation Law Foundation
  • Waneta Trabert, Newton’s Director of Sustainable Materials Management Division
  • Sunwoo Kahng, Chair of Newton Sustainable Materials Management Commission
  • Karen Slote, Newton Sustainable Materials Management Commission

This presentation was sponsored by the Newton Free Library and Green Newton, and is a part of the Green Newton Speaker Series.