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Holiday Recycling Reminders

Did you know that the average American family can create as many as 10 extra bags of trash around the holidays? In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 - $30, depending on the town. The Franklin County Solid Waste District wants to spread the good news that gift wrap, gift bags, gift tissue paper, boxes, cards and other holiday waste is recyclable! We also would like to remind people that holiday lights, styrofoam peanuts, ribbons and bows are not recyclable. This year we have three tools to help educate holiday revelers:

1. The attached Holiday Recycling Reminder PDF that can be printed in color or black and white.

2. The new Recycle on the Holidays PDF created for the new Springfield MRF Education campaign. (You'll soon start to see new signage at transfer stations, new recycling brochures, and other materials.) This is best printed or viewed in color.

Online at: http://springfieldmrf.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/holidays8.5x116-13-14.pdf

3. The attached Holiday Recycling Guidelines that contains holiday recycling reminders, ideas for reducing and reusing this holiday season, and alternative recycling or reuse options for items not acceptable in municipal recycling such as packing peanuts and holiday lights


New Salem Agricultural Commission
Soil Testing Workshop: The New Salem Agriculture Commission presents Soil Testing with UMass soil chemist, Solomon Kariuki. We will learn how to decipher soil tests, the proper use of soil amendments, and the importance of soil fertility on Thursday, December 4th at 6:00 pm at the New Salem Public Library. This event is free to the public. Be ready for next spring and test your soil now!  Bring test results with you.  Please visit the UMass Soil Testing website to download instructions and the order form:

 

http://soiltest.umass.edu/ordering-information

 

Results will be emailed to you within approximately 3-5 days or bring soil samples to the class and our presenter will take them to the lab for testing. Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of Mass will be in attendance with forms for their Bulk Order which offers significant savings on compost, soil amendments and fertilizers through group purchasing power. An RSVP is not required.  Call Harmonie for questions at 978-544-9709.


State Election Results - Town of New Salem


Selectboard News
Selectboard Member Sought: The Selectboard is seeking another member to fill a vacancy.  An election is required but possible candidates should express their interests as soon as possible to the two remaining Selectmen.


Board of Health Hours Changed
The Board of Health Clerks Hours will now be on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Board of Health Raffle Winner Announced
Transfer Station Bags Winner: Keep bringing in that trash and you could be the next person to win free bags from the Transfer Station.. We will continue to have the drawing each month so continue bringing in the trash from the side of the road and put your name in the basket and you might win a bag of 10 bags. That will save you $15.00. Thank you for keeping New Salem clean.
Suggestion Box at Transfer Station
There will be a suggestion box at the New Salem Transfer Station. If you have any suggestions for ways to improve the Transfer Station just leave it in the box.

New Salem Transfer Station’s Compost Program
The New Salem Transfer Station accepts compostable waste. All food wastes are acceptable, including meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, cheese, eggs, eggshells, fruits, vegetables, bread, grains, and small amounts of bones. Also acceptable are non-recyclable paper wastes such as paper towels and napkins, paper egg cartons, paper plates, and soiled paper and cardboard such as pizza boxes. (Clean pizza boxes may be recycled with mixed paper recycling.) Before depositing in the compost barrels, dirty pizza boxes must be ripped into quarters. It is very important to keep the following items out of the compost collection barrels: plastic bags, wrappers or films; liquids; pet wastes or bedding; Styrofoam; plastic; metal; glass; or anything else that is not biodegradable. Do not deposit food in plastic bags! For a yes/no compost guide, ask the transfer station attendant or email: info@franklincountywastedistrict.org. Compostable buckets are available at the New Salem Transfer Station. Questions? Please contact the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District at 413-772-2438 or info@franklincountywastedistrict.org. Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014 for a great guide on how to dispose of anything from A to Z (this was the guide printed in the Greenfield Recorder).

New Salem Agricultural Commission
The Agricultural Commission is looking for new members, as we now have 6 members for generating ideas, assisting with planning and development! The Agricultural Commission is developing a listing of speakers to join our winter/spring meetings to discuss issues such as, pollinator development, amending soil, best organic practices.  We would like to invite other gardeners from other community projects, so spread the word! If you are interested in having your soil tested, please contact us, as we now have a connection through UMass. We are seeking public input on specific topics you may want more information about, whether that is through public presentations or research findings. Send an email to sspiewak20@yahoo.com, join our meetings, or "like" our New Salem Community Garden page at (https://www.facebook.com/Newsalemcommunitygarden2014?ref=bookmarks) on Facebook.


Bat Exposure Information
If you have questions about potential rabies exposures or how to submit a bat to MDPH for rabies testing, please call the MDPH, Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at (617) 983-6800. Detailed information is attached. For additional information on rabies, you may also visit the website at www.mass.gov/dph/rabies.

 

Recycling Information
Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014

 

Money Available for Recreation Activities

The New Salem Recreation Committee has money available to sponsor recreation activities for New Salem residents, in addition to its traditional events. If you would like to organize a recreational activity or event, please contact Karen Duplissie at 544-8614, Jeanne Clayton at 544-7924 or Jane Clukay at 544-2660.




Town of New Salem Municipal Offices         

 

Stowell Building

19 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

 

Town Coordinator

Selectboard

 

Town Hall Annex

24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


Town Clerk

Tax Collector

Assessors

 

Frequently Used Links                


Meeting and Notice Calendar


Town & Local Events Calendar & News


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Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 


Online Tax Payments

 

Burn Permits

 

 

Regional Last-Mile Fiber Network: Project Fact Sheet


State Passes IT Bond Bill with Support Funding For Last Mile Broadband


Joint Statement on Last Mile Broadband


WiredWest Town Fee Information


New Kitchen Compost Pails Available at Transfer Station!

The Franklin County Solid Waste District recently purchased a large number of “Sure-Close” kitchen compost pails. These 1.9-gallon pails are meant to collect food waste in the kitchen, and the materials then emptied into backyard or municipal compost bins. The lid latches securely and can be made to stay open for ease of use. The vented lid has pinholes that act as a filter (but with no expensive or hard-to-find filter); moisture can pass through the lid, which reduces odors.

 

New Salem was among 15 district towns received varying amounts of pails: Bernardston, Colrain, Conway, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Orange, Montague, New Salem, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Wendell, and Whately. They are available free at our transfer station while supplies last.  The kitchen pails are also offered for sale to District residents for $5 at the District Office, 50 Miles St., Greenfield; call 413-772-2438 for hours or more info. Earth Machine outdoor compost bins are also for sale for $45 at the District office

 

These municipal compost programs are available free to permit holders at the transfer stations in Leverett, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, and Whately. The majority of this purchase was funded by Mass DEP’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program  (SMRP) small-scale initiatives grant. The grant requires that funded items contain 35% recycled content; therefore these pails are an avocado green color to mask any color variations in the recycled product. The District previously offered a beige version of the same pail. District Towns also received a total of 44 Earth Machine compost bins, funded by the SMRP grant. For more information, please call (413) 772-2438.


Board of Health Litter Drawing Awards
In the month of April, Jeffrey Duga and children walked the sides of the roads in New Salem  and picked up 15 bags of rubbish. They won the drawing for the free bags for that month. Hugh MacKay won the May drawing for the free bags for his part in keeping New Salem clean. Thanks to all of you from the Board of Health and the Town of New Salem for helping to keep New Salem clean. If anyone is interested in participating in the drawing for the free trash.


Representative Needed for Franklin County Technical School District Committee
The Town of New Salem is looking for someone to represent the Town on the Franklin County Technical School District Committee.  If you are interested in serving your town in this capacity, please call the Town Moderator, Calvin Layton at 978-544-7892 or e-mail him at clavin.layton@gmail.com.

Recycling Information

The Franklin County Solid Waste District has made available information on recycling options in the county. Please see attached flyers.

Recycling in Franklin County Flyer

Why Recycle Flyer

Transfer Station Hours

The Transfer Station is open on Saturdays from 8:00am-4:00pm


New Electronic Waste Collection Program

The Solid Waste District has partnered with MRM and Electronic Recyclers to offer towns a new electronic waste program.  New Salem has an agreement with the Wendell Transfer Station allowing us to bring TVs to their landfill for a fee depending on the size of the TV. However, Wendell can NOT charge you for the following brands of electronics, so you can dispose of them FREE!  Mitsubishi,  Panasonic, Quasar, Sharp, Toshiba, Technics, and Vizio.

District, 413-772-2438, ), or the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Recycling Hotline at 888-888-0784 ext. 2293.

 

Personnel Board Looking for New Member
The New Salem Personnel Board is looking for a new member. Personnel Board Search


Board/Committee Vacancies

The Selectboard is looking for people to fill the following Board/Committee vacancies.  Please contact the Town Coordinator, Nancy Aldrich, at 978-544-6437 if you are interested in serving:

Energy Committee - 1 vacancy
Website Committee - 2 vacancies
Cultural Council - 1 vacancy