By Dot Bergin
Despite intermittent downpours, 30 or more interested Bedford residents turned out for the Net Zero Advisory Council’s public forum on June 20 to consider ways to reduce carbon emissions in town buildings, both in the immediate future and looking out to the year 2050. The Council will incorporate input from this forum and other feedback into a set of proposed strategies to present to the Selectmen in September.
Let’s face it: we all produce a lot of garbage. It is a byproduct of our lives. Most of it ends up in a landfill or going up in smoke in an incinerator with the ashes ending up in the landfill. As concerned citizens, we try to recycle as much as possible. Unfortunately, recycling is a lot more complicated than it would seem and mileage varies.
Some things were recycled before but can’t be now (e.g., Styrofoam). Some things can be recycled sometimes (e.g., Pizza boxes if they are not too funky with cheese and pepperoni grease). Some things where recycled before, are not now but may be in the near future (newspaper). Many plastic items that were previously recycled are now sent to the incinerator. What is really recycled and what ends up in the incinerator anyway? It is a bit confusing, and there is no shortage of opposing beliefs and opinions.
There is a form of recycling that is effective, simple, and readily available: Composting. If The Graduate were to be remade today, a young Dustin Hoffman might have been told that the future is not about Plastics but Composting.
Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health
The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project is planning to use a truck mounted aerosol sprayer to apply Sumithrin in Bedford on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Spraying will be done between dusk and 11:30. Spraying is scheduled for areas of Bedford that are located in the vicinity of Dudley Rd., Wildwood Dr., Norma Rd. and Davis Rd. If spraying is postponed, it will be rescheduled for Monday, June 24, 2019.
Submitted by the Net Zero Advisory Council
The Net Zero Advisory Council will host a public forum on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 7 PM in the Reed Multipurpose Room at Bedford Town Hall. All are welcome.
The forum will consider and discuss the Council’s proposal for achieving net-zero building carbon emissions within the next three decades. The recommendations were developed by a diverse group of stakeholders from the commercial, residential and municipal sectors. The Council looks forward to sharing its recommendations with the public and obtaining feedback on the proposed initiatives.
By Meredith McCulloch
The sanctuary at First Parish was festooned with smiling sun balloons on Sunday, June 9, as the congregation celebrated the completion of its solar panel project.
By Ben Oleksinski
The Energy and Sustainability Committee (ESC) met on May 30 to discuss progress made on the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program and Net Zero Plan, their dual active efforts to manage energy expenditures and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in town.
The Town of Bedford plans to roll out the CCA Program in August 2019.
By Stacy Kershaw
This is by far my favorite time of the year. The drenching rains are gone, the sun is shining, plants are bursting with new blooms, and the birds and bees are buzzing around happily. I’m actually sitting on my deck as I write this. Warm weather is so fleeting in New England, I hate to waste a second of it!
With so many beautiful things going on it’s hard to think about actually working in the garden! But there are a few essential things to do before the weather gets too hot.
By Gene Kalb
It’s spring! People are planting flowers and vegetables. The question is what can you do with those plastic flower pots once you plant your plants? Or more specifically pertaining to this article, can you put them in your curbside recycling bin?