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Acton Cleanup WEEK: April 22-29

Please mark your calendars and plan to participate.

Acton Cleanup Week: April 22 – April 29 

This year, Acton Cleanup will be a week long.

The Cleanup is being co-organized by the Acton Chinese-American Civic Society. You can learn more about them at the ACACS website.

The new site to let everyone know about streets that need cleaning, or streets that are already clean, and to sign up to clean streets, is ready now at actoncleanup.info.

 

We encourage everyone to sign up for a site and make a difference.  This service for your community can be done anytime from Saturday April 22 through April 29.

On Saturday April 29, our usual Cleanup Day crews with a list of areas needing your help will be available to give out bags and gloves, and collect the debris that has been removed from the streets and paths of our town.

Stay tuned for details!  Or contact us today at cleanup@greenacton.org .

The Swap Shop at the Transfer Station

In 2015, the Swap Shop was launched at the Transfer Station in a small new building just downhill from the main recycling area (near the Red Cross bins).

Anyone with a recycling or trash sticker can use the Swap Shop: gently used items in good condition can be donated at the shop, and items can be picked up — all for free! The purposes of the Swap Shop is to keep more objects out of the trash, and to get perfectly usable items into the hands of those who can use them.

Do you love to visit the Swap Shop? Are you a people person? Will you have a few hours this year to volunteer doing something fun? We are looking for volunteers for the 2017 season.Working at the shop is fun, social, and satisfying! The more volunteers, the more often the shop can be open for business.

To get a volunteer application, please email either Corey York (Acton’s Town Engineer): engineering@Acton-MA.gov, or Debby Andell (Green Acton member and volunteer scheduling assistant to Corey York: DebbyAndell@gmail.com.

Learn more about the Swap Shop Program here: http://www.acton-ma.gov/507/Swap-Shop

 

Green Acton Articles of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation are filed with the Secretary of State’s office. The two most important ones are also here: Article II (the purposes of the corporation) and Article IV (additional provisions) Continue reading

Statement on 2015-11-16 to Acton Board of Selectmen from Debra Simes about new gas pipelines in Acton

The natural gas industry has worked hard over the last few years at its greenwashing campaign, which aims to convince the public that natural gas is a “bridge fuel” and that we have a natural gas “crisis.” Continue reading

Statement on 2015-11-16 to Acton Board of Selectmen from Jim Snyder-Grant about new gas pipelines in Acton

I want to speak in favor of not adding new natural gas lines in Acton. Continue reading

Six zero-waste initiatives for Acton

In 2013, Green Acton presented six ideas to the Board of Selectmen on the next best steps on how to reduce material waste in Acton, and thus move the town towards a zero-waste vision.

  1. Swap Shed,
  2. Recycling at Recreation Areas
  3. Better Communications about Recycling
  4. Require Private Haulers to Report Tonnages,
  5. Explore Trash Pricing Options
  6. Extended Producer Responsibility Resolution

Here’s what the selectmen decided in 2013 about these initiatives.

Acton Water District letter about the EPA plan for Nuclear Metals superfund site

Available as a downloadable PDF file from the AWD here

Jane Ceraso December 2014 public comments on the Nuclear Metals Superfund Site

EPA Public Hearing on Proposed Remedial Action Plan for the Concord, Massachusetts Nuclear Metals, Inc. Superfund site

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Background: the Nuclear Metals Superfund Site

From the EPA Superfund information site for Nuclear Metals

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Planet Chillers: 2014 Siemens Team

The Planet Chillers came to Green Acton in the Spring of 2014. They spoke to us about the impact of food choices on climate change. Continue reading