Did you know that the average person throws out approximately five pounds of trash a day? The Manchester-by-the-Sea Sustainability Committee and Parks and Recreation Department invite residents to join in the “MBTS Earth Day Celebration Zero Waste Challenge,” from April 17 to 24.
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On Monday February 22nd, residents were given a glimpse of what an important section of Manchester’s Limited Commercial District (LCD) might look like if residents voted this fall to adopt new zoning bylaws aimed at better monetizing the town’s last significant commercial district.
Even though the need for observing safety protocols has changed the way we shop and interact with our environment, it is more important than ever to continue best environmental practices in our homes and lives. Here are some ways in which we can do this.
When Conor Miller lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, he went to work for a local recycling company, picking up plastic bottles, tin and glass. After moving to Seattle in a neighborhood with curbside compost collection, he learned all about how integral compost is for the environment and for growing food. So, when Miller and his future wife moved back to her hometown of Gloucester, he thought curbside composting was something that might take here in Massachusetts too.
2020 will be a year full of happy celebration of the Town’s 375th year, and the Manchester 375th Celebration Committee has been working hard on plans for many wonderful events. I do have some concerns about the planned Christmas Tree Bonfire.
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Do you find yourself pondering over your recycle bin, wondering if the things you used to throw in without a thought are still “legal”? Clamshell containers? Colored plastic? Pill bottles? Yogurt containers? Toys? Plant pots? It isn’t surprising that those of us who have been recycling for many years are now confused about what can and can’t be put in the bin.
Over the past seven years or so, the Town has been making strides to curb the amount of energy our operations consume. We also have done significant work on positioning ourselves to be more resilient to harsh weather events and the impacts of coastal flooding.
We are frequently bombarded with information about climate change, rising sea levels and chaotic weather patterns, which affect many aspects of our lives. These dire warnings often make us feel helpless—what difference can anything we do make to avert this global crisis that seems unstoppable?