Tuesday, May 18, 2021
For Immediate Release
Tyngsborough Sustainability Committee hosts first Zero Waste Day and Exceeds Expectations
Tyngsborough, Massachusetts– On Saturday, May 15, 2021, the Sustainability Committee hosted its first ever Zero Waste Day at the Tyngsborough Elementary School. The goal of the event was to give Tyngsborough residents an alternative avenue to discard unwanted goods without adding to our trash system, all while keeping usable materials out of the waste stream so that they can be used again and again.The event featured paper shredding and avenues for residents to dispose of clothing, textiles, electronics, small appliances, books, bike parts, scrap metal, and much more. The event was a drive through style event and social distancing measures were followed. Most of the items dropped off will be donated to worthy causes, and all items will be reused.
Throughout the day, 218 different residents utilized one or more of the disposal services. In total, the Town collected 7 tons, or 5 dumpsters full, of scrap metal. Residents disposed of 6 pallets of books, records, and CDs, and nearly filled an entire box truck with textiles and clothing. 65 bikes were dropped off, as were more than 100 pairs of eye glasses, and 2 box trucks of electronics & small appliances were collected. Residents shredded nearly 2000 pounds of paper and home energy consultants booked 6 home audits.
Sustainability Committee Chair Elizabeth Antanavica was thrilled with Saturday’s success. “Saturday’s Zero Waste Day was a huge win for our community. Community groups and local businesses came together to keep a huge amount of valuable materials out of the trash”, said Antanavica.
The Sustainability Committee is a seven-member, volunteer Board appointed by the Board of Selectmen. They meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
Board of Selectmen Chair David Robson had this to say about Saturday’s impressive turnout: “Tyngsborough continues to show its dedication to being an environmentally-friendly community. Each and every initiative by our residents and government organizations is a step in the right direction. I commend the Sustainability Committee for their efforts and success of this Zero Waste Day.”