Spring leaf and yard waste collection runs April 28–May 23


Start saving your yard waste now for end-of-the-month collection. Put it out in designated barrels by 7 am on your recycling day starting April 28.. Read More »


$100 instant rebate on programmable thermostats that save on energy costs


National Grid is offering instant $100 rebate discounts on the purchase of either of two Wi-Fi programmable thermostats for your home that will help you save energy and save money; according to National Grid, you could save up to $180 annually on your energy costs. To view the offers and order, click here for the Nest Learning Thermostat ($149 after discount) and click here for the Honeywell 8580 Thermostat ($35 after discount). To qualify, you must be a National Grid Massachusetts residential gas-heating customer. Read More »

Wondering what bulb to buy now?


As the super-energy-efficient LEDs (light-emitting diodes) become more available and less expensive, they also become increasingly viable options to the much-maligned CFL, or compact flourescent, energy-saving type of bulb. If you want to know more, check out this excellent update from NPR: “In the Dark about Picking a Light Bulb? This FAQ Can Help.” Read More »

WRSE receives grant from NEGEF


We are pleased to announce that WRSE has received a generous grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund so we can continue our efforts in 2014. Thank you to NEGEF! In the coming year we plan to offer additional informative energy-saving and money-saving programs to the community and hope to pursue the launch of a Community Solar Garden in West Roxbury. Stay tuned! Read More »

We should ban plastic checkout bags


The average person in the U.S. uses 350 new plastic bags each year, and it takes 12 million barrels of oil to make all these bags. Only about 2% get recycled, and the rest end up in our landfills for decades or worse (witness the photo at left). Please use this easy action form to send a message to our legislators asking them to ban plastic bags. Read More »

WRSE supports the expansion of the Bottle Bill


According to MASSPIRG, “every year enough bottles get thrown away to fill Fenway Park to the Monster seats” (photo: MASSPIRG). Do your part to tell our legislators that we want the Bottle Bill updated to include plastic water bottles and sports drinks. Read More »