to be part of the SOLUTION?
Recycle/Compost at School Cafeterias & Events
We always need volunteers to help students and adults in recycling and composting. Pick a fabulous Green Team to join. If you can't decide or find one, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
Elementary School Green Teams:
Middle School Green Teams:
Itchy to slash the trash at home? You can:
- Compost in your own backyard (compost bin is $25 at DPW), or
- Hire Black Earth Compost to pick up from your home for only $99 per year. Lexington customers of Black Earth (or other compost pickup services) can pick up a FREE 13-gallon bin from DPW.
Race to Compost! - Get in on the competition! Join all the Lexington Public Schools PTA/PTOs and other town organizations in the “Race to Compost”. Just mention <your organization in the list below> in the Referral section when you sign up for curbside pick-up from Black Earth Compost and they will donate $10 to that organization. As a bonus, the first organization with 50 referral sign-ups gets two 13-gallon compost bins and liners!
Cheap Compostable Alternatives!
Having a big event/celebration with food?
Rather than buying single-use petroleum-based plastics for your event, consider these affordable compostable options:
When purchasing compostable forks, bowls, packaging, etc. look for certified compostable products, not biodegradable. These products meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for compostable plastic ASTM D6400-04 and compostable packaging ASTM D6868-03.
Textile Recycle Drop-off
95% of unwanted textiles can be reused or recycled. Baystate Textiles accepts "the good, the bad and the ugly" as long as they 're clean and dry. Whether you are cleaning out your closets, redecorating and updating draperies, linens, etc. or it is time to get rid of the childhood stuffed animals, keep them out of the waste stream and support your local community!
You can drop off in the white bin by the parking lot at each of our schools. Baystate Textiles will compensate the schools according to the weight of the collections. ($100/ton)
#2 & #4 Plastic Bag/Film Drop-off
LPS Green Teams in partnership with Whitsons Food Service staff are collecting and recycling plastic film and bags from LPS kitchens. You can also do this at home!
Clean and dry plastic (polyethylene) bags can be recycled in the Trex collection boxes at Stop and Shop, Shaws, or Market Basket. (Labels do not need to be removed.) These items DO NOT belong in your curbside recycling bin.
Items not accepted:
- Plastics that are harder and “crinkly” that do not stretch when torn
- Laminate materials
- Mesh bags for onions, citric fruits, potatoes
Water Conservation - Rain Barrel Program
Lexington DPW is combining forces with the Lexington Girl Scouts as part of a community service program to encourage residents to purchase Rain Barrels as part of an ongoing conservation program. Rain Barrels lower municipal water demands and save energy at water treatment facilities by reducing water pollution and storm water runoff. Using rain barrels to collect water from your roof will conserve municipal water supply and cut household water bills up to 40%. Rain Water is free, has chemicals such as chlorine or fluoride, making it an excellent water source for lawns, plants and gardens.
Lexington has partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel to offer rain barrels at the low cost of $79, 33% off the retail price of $119. The barrel can be easily attached to your downspout. To purchase please visit www.tgarb.com and click on “Shop Local Programs” in the lower left side bar, then click on your town.
Rain barrels will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 25th from 9:00-11:00 at the Lexington Compost Facility 60 Hartwell Ave in Lexington. Deadline for purchase is May 19th at Midnight. <The 2019 program is over, but check back in March 2020 for the 2020 program!>
And much more:
- Refuse - Bring your own shopping bag. When offered a "free" single-use bag, say NO (because nothing is "free" when resources have been exploited to make it.)
- Reuse - Bring a lunch box, reusable utensil, or coffee mug; host parties with reusable plates, cups, utensils, and napkins.
- Choose products with the least amount of packaging and those made with recycled materials
- Donate books to Cary Library or Africa Library Project. Education is key for a sustainable future!
- Travel the Green Way - Walk, bike, take a bus, or carpool
- Conserve - water, energy, any material you use (e.g. use both sides of the paper)
- Share green practices with others
(courtesy of The Green Team Pledge)