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Happy International Compost Awareness Week! (May 7-13, 2017)

For this week and beyond, please check out this link for an entertaining view of the Compost Story for International Compost Awareness Week!~Starring the following known advocates: Adrian Grenier, Rosario Dawson, Amy Smart, Kendrick Sampson and Paul Blackthorne. 

Long-time Sherborn Recycling Committee Chair Retires

Carol S. Rubenstein, who long chaired the Town of Sherborn Recycling Committee has resigned to pursue other interests and recreatonal activities. Carol is well-known in the Sherborn community, where for two decades she initiated and personally managed many of the beneficial recycling/sustainability programs that are enjoyed in the town, including the Swap Shop, the annual Household Hazardous Waste Day, the comprehensive food waste composting program, to name only a few. Carol's can-do attitude, inspirational drive, and perseverence will be sorely missed by the remaining committee members.

After much discussion and concern, two fairly-seasoned committee members, Charlie Tyler and Wendy Mechaber, have agreed to attempt, as co-chairs, to shoulder the duties that Carol managed. Please join us in offering a huge THANK YOU to Carol for leading the way to Sherborn's highly successful recycling and responsible waste disposal programs.

The Sherborn Recycling Center is now collecting styrofoam blocks marked with the recycling triangle number 6. Bring your styrofoam to the Swap Shop or the disposal area at the top of the hill and use the designated barrels for styrofoam. We are now working with Conigliaro Industries. They recycle the styrofoam in various ways to make marketable products of recycled, mostly post-consumer materials (including packaging material, picture frames, car bumpers, toys, and plastic brackets). NOTE: due to cleanliness and recycling issues we are no longer accepting styrofoam food containers (trays, takeout containers, coffee cups, etc.) - please discard thes items into the trash compactor.

Best Buy is still accepting most electronics for free (except for televisinos and cpmputer monitors, for which they now charge a "break-even" fee)! If you choose instead to drop TVs or monitors off at the Sherborn Recycling Center, we are also obliged to charge a fee (currently $10) for these items. We regret to report that all known previous cost-free take-back programs which were once available have been discontinued.


On May 23, 2011 the Pine Hill School composting program received a "Green Difference Award" from the Green Schools Project  at the Mansfield High School! The Green Schools Project has a mission of "creat[ing] Greener & Healthier learning environments through education and awareness."

This was a fabulous culmination of our yearlong effort to institute composting at Pine Hill and make it a part of the every day routine. We are very proud of our Pine Hill students for embracing the sorting process in the lunchroom and we thank the staff at Pine Hill for their support of the program. Anyone who wishes to volunteer to supervise the students as they sort their lunch waste is encouraged to contact

Video About Composting & Recycling Program at Pine Hill is on Local Cable TV

Thanks to Jane Pusch who developed the idea and produced the video, you can now sit in the comfort of your home and see the composting and recycling program at Pine Hill in action. Just follow this link.

Click on “Watch Now” in the right hand side next to “Streaming”

If you get a dialog box, click on “Allow”

Then sit back and be prepared for a one hour program about all the details of the program!

Pine Hill Students Are Doing the Right Thing:

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After looking for ways to increase interest in composting by Sherborn residents, the Recycling Committee was grateful to receive the support of the Pine Hill school administration and staff for a food waste diversion plan in the lunchroom.  The Committee purchased extra barrels for the lunchroom and kitchen and in the fall of 2010 organized a group of volunteers to supervise the children as they dispose of their lunch waste to make sure that all the food and recyclables are separated from the trash. Pine Hill School is blessed with wonderful, cooperative kids, and they have been eager to learn the system. In the early stages of this program the students are only learning how to separate their waste, but soon they will be learning why it is better for the environment to separate, and as they grow up they will become more sensitive to the concept of finite resources in our world. The food is taken to a farm in Sherborn for composting. The commingled containers and recycled paper are taken to the Sherborn Transfer Station. By removing all these materials from the trash, the volume of trash is at least 25% less than it was last year. Hopefully this will result in trash disposal savings so that when the next contract is signed, there will be more money for educational programs. Furthermore by composting the food, all the nutrients are returned to the soil to grow new crops without the use of petroleum based fertilizer. A whole cycle of carbon emissions is eliminated, by avoiding trucking the food waste to the incinerator, by not having the smoke and heat coming out of the smoke stack from the incinerated food, and by precluding the need for foreign oil to be shipped here and made into fertilizer for the crops on the farm.  

Elude the Crude:  Vegetable Oil

If your car or truck  runs on diesel and you haven't yet heard about converting to “veggie oil”, or if you are a restaurateur who needs to get rid of your waste vegetable oil, you may want to get to know Mark Howard. Mark buys  waste vegetable oil from restaurants, cleans it and sells it for much less than diesel to vehicle owners who have converted their diesel engines to run on veggie oil. 

For additional information on converting your vehicle go to: