Shred Event, E-Recycling, Compost Bins and More

By Sally Miller

Sustainable Woodstock’s e-recycling and shred event in 2016 collected over six tons of waste.

Sustainable Woodstock’s e-recycling and shred event in 2016 collected over six tons of waste.

Next week, to celebrate Earth Month, Sustainable Woodstock is offering local residents and small businesses an alternative to throwing items into the landfill. At our community recycling event on Saturday, April 8 we will have a shred truck and electronics recycling. Last year we collected 5 tons of electronic waste and shredded one ton of paper.

As stewards of the environment, we are responsible for preserving and protecting our resources for ourselves and for future generations. Some of the major benefits of recycling are:

  • Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Conserving natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • Saving energy by reusing materials that have already been processed
  • Preventing pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helping to sustain the environment for future generations

Besides, recycling is really just common sense. (more…)

Time to Plan a Park

By Sally Miller

Everyone is invited – and your participation is needed!

That’s right: the East End Action Group is hosting a pizza party. This is a get-together with an important purpose: to gather all input that the public has for the uses and activities at Woodstock’s East End community park. The park has evolved over the last six years, so it’s time to formalize the long-term plan. While the size and layout of the park limit what might be accommodated, the East End Action Group wants to consider the complete “wish list” that you as residents have for your park. Input is important from everyone: families, singles, students, seniors… the whole community.

With the new snow dump constructed last fall at the other end of Maxham Meadow Way, this winter (if it ever ends) will be the last time for the Village to dump snow on the park site; ugly piles of snow and road debris will be a thing of the past. (more…)

A Little Help From Your Friends

By Elle O’Casey

Despite the snowflakes that fell this week, Spring will be here soon enough so this final column in our March series looks at sustainable living via local gardens and local food production. Last week we focused in on Sustainable Woodstock’s community gardens. This week, we’ll look at a few different resources, networks and events that can help new and seasoned gardeners looking to begin their spring plantings. (more…)

Conversation with Cassidy Metcalf, Sustainable Woodstock’s Garden Coordinator

By Elle O’Casey

We continue our theme of sustainable food practices and local gardening this week with a conversation featuring Cassidy Metcalf, Sustainable Woodstock’s Garden Coordinator. Sustainable Woodstock has three community gardens throughout Woodstock and Pomfret and Cassidy helps manages these plots as the garden coordinator.

What would you say to people interested in getting a plot at one of the community gardens?
Community gardens represent a great opportunity for people who don’t have space in their backyards, for people who want to be a part of a gardening community, or for people relatively new to gardening who want to dig in alongside a group of gardeners who can offer help, education, and other support. We currently have about 20 families using these garden plots, including a group of people who come back year after year to use these plots. (more…)