Letter: A zero-waste goal for Lee's big weekend

A zero-waste goal for Lee's big weekend

To the editor:

In just a month, Sept. 16-18, the town of Lee will again celebrate Founders' Weekend with a packed schedule of events that attract thousands of residents and visitors.

For the past three years, with increasing success, the Lee Recycling Committee, Lee Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Town Health Department, a growing number of food vendors, and numerous volunteers have promoted recycling and composting to minimize the volume of trash generated during the weekend's festivities. This collaborative effort is one more way we help make Lee a greener gateway to the Berkshires.

Last year we were quite successful, recycling/composting far more than in years past: perhaps as much as 75 percent of the waste during Friday evening's Taste of Lee (compared to about 50 percent in 2014), virtually 100 percent during Henry's Electric Big Green Egg Cook-Off, and about 50 percent during the Festival Latino (which we covered for the first time last year). These are stellar achievements for such popular community events, and throughout the year many people commented to us how much cleaner the town looked because of our efforts.

Yet, we haven't reached our zero-waste goal, so we're seeking volunteers to help us do even better this year. The more volunteers we have, the better job we can do.

Volunteers (and committee members) help people separate items for recycling, composting, or trash at well-marked stations we set up around downtown during the weekend. The guidance is useful, much-appreciated, and even educational for some. We know volunteers want to enjoy the weekend, so we try to spread the load and have short shifts.

Anyone who's interested in helping us sometime between 4 and 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, and between noon and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 should contact me at pdhofman12@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for helping us be even more successful this year in making Lee a little greener.

Peter Hofman, Lee The writer is chair, Lee Recycling Committee.


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