Sustainability Committee

Agendas & MinutesBoxborough Sustainability Committee

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Members

  • Frances Nolde, Chair
    Term expires: 2022
  • Richard Garrison, Member
    Term expires:2021
  • Larry Grossman, Member
    Term expires:2021
  • Suresh Jasrasaria, Member
    Term expires:2023
  • Palmer Moore, Member
    Term expires:2022
  • Barbara Salzman, Member
    Term expires:2021
  • LELWD Representative -Connor Reardon, Member
    Term expires:2022

Overview

Welcome! We are the Boxborough Sustainability Committee: an all-volunteer committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen to help the Town save money by controlling energy costs and reducing the Town’s impact on the environment.

Let’s Talk Trash!

We have already saved the Town almost $20,000 per year by implementing changes at the Transfer Station (installation of compactors for recycling). Although this initially helped reduce our solid waste (aka trash) and increase recycling, we have not seen any additional increase in recycling. We need to explore additional ways to reduce solid waste (trash).

More than 520 million pounds of usable textiles were sent to landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts in the last year, of which 95 % can be reused or recycled including:

  • Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Household Linens
  • Towels
  • Other Fabric-Based Products

Bay State Textile Recycling

The Boxborough Sustainability Committee has reached out to Bay State Textile Recycling to bring a centrally located depository for our unwanted textiles to prevent them from going into the trash.

"Textile recycling needs to become familiar and as easy to perform as a bottle, can, and paper recycling." The "old rule" for donating was that the items needed to be clean and in good condition. The "new rule" for donations and textile recycling is "the good, the bad, and the ugly." Visit Acceptable Items for Recycling on the Bay State Textile website (PDF).

Contact Information

  • Phone: 978-264-1714