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Styrofoam Recycling Event Sat. October 24th

Filed under: Around Town by Deb Cleveland at 7:30 pm on October 15, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Many don't realize that styrofoam NEVER breaks down into dirt like some other trash. Styrofoam remains in landfills FOREVER. This effects us all personaly as costs of products and services increase due to the increased cost of finding ways and places to dispose of garbage.

Framingham does not currently accept Styrofoam in its recycling program, but some companies are finding ways to give old Styrofoam new life in new uses.

Grace Congregational UCC church in conjunction with ReFoamit, LLC, is sponsoring a Styrofoam collection Day on Saturday, October 24 from 9Am to 4PM. Please collect and donate your clean (washed) styrofoam products including: takeout containers, packing pellets, coffee cups, disposable plates, inserts from large packages.  (Please remove all tape from the Styrofoam).

There will be refreshments, prizes, gifts and environmental information at this free event. Parents and children are encouraged to participate in the "kids corner" activities and come away with their own original creations.

Grace Congregational UCC Church is at 76 Salem End Road between Rt. 9 (High St.) and Winter St. near Framingham State College. For more information go to or call 508-872-3342.

NE Rain Barrel Offer for Framingham Residents

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 11:08 pm on July 20, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Interested in conserving water? Keep your garden green all summer long with a New England Rain barrel. Special offer: Framingham residents can get the barrel for only $ 62, instead of the regular price of $ 85.

Save money and reduce use of town facilities

To order, call: (877) 977-3135 toll free, or order online at

This is a limited offer. All orders must be received by New England Rain Barrel prior to or on August 17, 2006.

Pickup will be at the DPW Operations Center, 100 Western Avenue
in Framingham on Saturday August 19, 2006 from 9 a.m. until noon.

All area residents are invited to participate in this conservation program!

The program is subsidized by DEP but Framingham doesn’t have a grant to provide the rain barrels. This is a one time event in Framingham for 2006. The DPW and Conservation Commission do no work other than promoting the event and then supplying some support staff on the delivery date, August 19, 2006.

Why a rain barrel? Residential irrigation can account for 400f domestic water consumption in a given municipality. Rain barrels not only store water, they help decrease demand during the sweltering summer months.

Only ¼ inch of rainfall runoff from the average roof will completely fill the typical barrel.

Collection of water from rooftop runoff can provide an ample supply of this free “soft water” containing no chlorine, lime or calcium. Because it tends to have fewer sediments and dissolved salts than municipal water, rain water is ideal for planter beds for a multitude of applications, including biodynamic and organic vegetable gardens, planter beds for botanicals, indoor tropicals like ferns and orchids, automobile washing and cleaning household windows. Saving water in this manner will reduce your demand of treated tap water and save money by lowering your monthly bill.

Rain water diversion also helps decrease the burden on water treatment facilities and municipal drainage systems during storms. The storage of rain water is also recommended for general emergency preparedness, or for areas prone to disasters or drought.


Earth Day Activities 2006

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 10:59 am on April 21, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, in Framingham at the Downtown Common and at Garden in the Woods.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. there is free fun for families, children and adults at the Park Street Downtown Common, at the intersection of Concord and Howard Streets. Local artist, Nancie Handy, will coordinate art activities and games. Angie Fowler, Recycling Coordinator, will provide composting demonstrations with free information about building your own compost bin. Recycle ink jet cartridges, toner cartridges and cell phones at the event! Call 508-620-4900 for more information.

From noon until 4 p.m. visit the New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods off Hemenway Rd. for their free Earth Day celebration. Enjoy Garden tours on the half-hour, scavenger hunts, wild flower seed plantings, Mother Earth's juggling act at noon, conversations with Granny and Grandpa Granite. Enjoy famed nature illustrator, Gordon Morrison. Live Animal Shows at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 508-877-7630 for details.


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