A grassroots group of people from Bolton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to build a strong, self-reliant community 
made up of people committed to living sustainably on the planet, in a way that inspires, builds friendships,
and offers a hopeful vision for the future.

Food Co-op Informational Session

Wednesday, Oct 29 at 7pm
 in the Bolton Public Library

Are you interested in food? Is healthy food access important to you?  Would you like to foster a sustainable local economy?  Then come learn more about the Assabet Village Food Cooperative. Come join us for an open meeting to provide more information about this initiative, how a co-op will support the local economy and community, and how you can get involved!  Questions preceding the event, please email to assabetvillagecoop@gmail.com or go to the Assabet Village Food Cooperative web-site.

Remember to vote on November 4
Here is a link to our ballot

Bolton Local supports a ‘Yes’ vote on QUESTION # 2 on the November 2014 ballot because:

1. It will reduce the amount of trash along our roadways and in our parks and waterways. Plastic water bottles, energy drinks and flavored teas are not covered by the current bill, which was passed in 1983. At present, 80 percent of deposit bottles are recycled, while only 23 percent of nondeposit bottles are recycled.

2. It will help keep the plastic containers out of our landfills and transfer stations and send them back to the companies who make them, to be reused. More than 3.3 billion beverages are consumed in Massachusetts annually. The majority of these are consumed away from home, and therefore are not included in curbside recycling. It is estimated that the bill will save our cities and towns $6.7 million a year in trash pick-up and disposal.

3. The expanded bill is an incentive to protect our environment. Plastic is not biodegradable, and if put in landfills, will be around forever. Further, it takes up a significant amount of space in landfills, causing more landfills to be required. Plastic does degrade, however, and animals and birds have been known to mistake small bits for food, which can eventually kill them. Plastics that are not put in landfills, but incinerated instead, release dangerous toxins into the air that are a risk to all life.

4. The processing of recycled material creates between 8 and 12 times more jobs than trashing it.

5. Seventy-five percent of Massachusetts voters are in favor of the Expanded Bottle Bill, according to the Massachusetts Sierra Club. However, $5 million is being spent by outside opponents, primarily the American Beverage Association, to defeat the bill.

6. Expansion of the Bottle Bill is not a tax, since deposits are 100 percent refundable. People who do not redeem their containers make a voluntary choice not to do so, and therefore unclaimed deposits cannot be considered a tax.

 Bolton Local Opposes Pipeline

(August 28, 2014) Bolton Local joins with the Stop the Pipeline/Bolton Group in opposing the expansion of the existing Tennessee Gas pipeline by Kinder Morgan. We oppose the disruption of some of the most pristine rural farm and conservation land in Massachusetts for the installation of a pipeline for which the need is questionable and the ultimate use uncertain, and which poses dangers in the communities through which it is proposed to run. The pipeline may cost taxpayers money, in tariffs that could be passed on to Massachusetts consumers, and in property taxes that affected homeowners must continue to pay, despite the ruination of their property by the pipeline.

Our focus this year is on
Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

Bolton Local thanks all who came out last Saturday to recycle styrofoam and sneakers.  We collected more than we ever expected and deemed this event a great success.  Many of the athletic shoes will be recycled through Nike's Reuse-a-shoe program, but many more shoes were saved and donated to various charities.  ReFoamIt  was greatly impressed with our take for the day and wants to let you know that you can drop off styrofoam at their Leominster facility at 25 

Mohawk Drive most weekdays for free.  Just call first to make sure that someone is there at 508-864-8723.  Also, many thanks to Shelly from the DPW for helping to organize and spend her Saturday with us to ensure that everything went smoothly.  Hopefully we can do more events like this in the future.  Keep saving your styrofoam!

Our next planning meeting is Saturday, November 8 from 9 to 11 at the Public Safety Building.  

All who want to find out what is happening or make something happen are welcome to join us.

Bolton Local

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