Let’s Eliminate Plastic Bags in Boston!

Plastic bags harm our environment, take 12 million barrels of petroleum a year to produce (just for those used in the U.S.), contribute significantly to litter in our streets, and wreak havoc with Boston’s single-stream recycling equipment when residents try to recycle plastic bags in our big blue bins. The Boston City Council is convening working-group sessions to discuss eliminating plastic bags in Boston and the best way to do so, and everyone is invited to contribute to the discussion. Read More »

WRSE co-sponsors Oct. 14 City Council Candidates’ Forum

Meet and mingle with Boston City Council candidates Oct. 14, from 6:45 to 8:30, at the Roslindale Community Center   (6 Cummins Highway). At-large candidates: Annissa Essaibi George, Michael Flaherty, Stephen Murphy, Ayanna Pressley, and Michelle Wu. District 4 candidates: Andrea Campbell and Charles Yancey (TBD). District 5 candidates: Tim McCarthy and Jean-Claude Sanon. Candidate statements and Q&A. Hosted by Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale and co-sponsored by a number of West Roxbury and Roslindale community groups and local media. Read More »

Roslindale Styrofoam Collection July 11

Styrofoam cannot be recycled and stays in our landfills for eons. Here is your chance to keep it out of the landfills: bring your Styrofoam products from 12:30 to 2:30 to Acupuncture & Herbs in Rozzie Square, 16 Cohasset Street (near Fornax), this Saturday. All food containers must be rinsed, and no foam rubber or plastic can be accepted. Read More »

Red Ribbon = Reject the Spectra Pipeline

Residents and businesses opposed to the current proposed location of Spectra’s high-pressure gas pipeline and M&R Station—being built adjacent to a blasting quarry in the heavily residential Grove Street area with construction starting in June—should tie a red ribbon around a tree, their fence, on a stake, or anywhere it will be visible to achieve a show of solidarity against this dangerous project. Any red ribbon will do, but the redder and wider, the better. If you don’t have a red ribbon on hand, AC Moore has a supply in different widths. You can also pick up a ribbon provided by West Roxbury Saves Energy at either Atlas True Value (1871 Centre Street) or Hercules Press (91 Spring Street) if you are not able to get one on your own. A red ribbon signifies “Reject the Spectra Pipeline”—show your opposition to this project that is endangering our West Roxbury neighborhood by displaying your red ribbon now. For background about the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline, scroll down to previous posts. Read More »

Renew Boston program March 9: Take control of your heating costs

West Roxbury Saves Energy co-sponsors a program with Renew Boston on Monday, March 9, to help you learn about opportunities for saving on your heat and electric bills. Sign up for your no-cost Home Energy Assessment and start saving right away, including renters. Special deals for landlords. 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre Street. Refreshments. Free and open to the public. Read More »

Recycle your Christmas tree

If you put your Christmas tree by the curb on your recycling day between Dec. 29 and Jan. 9, the Boston Public Works Dept. will collect and compost it. Be sure to remove all ornaments and do not put the tree in a plastic bag. We also remind you to recycle (or reuse!) your holiday wrapping paper and recycle your catalogs.
Added note: Never put plastic bags in your big blue recycling bin! Plastic bags get caught in the recycling equipment; take them to the grocery story for recycling. Read More »