Worried about recycling and trash policies?  Food waste, recovery, and composting?  Soil health? 

Come to an event at First Parish on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm, co-sponsored with TransitionWayland, and led by TransitionWayland’s Kaat vander Straeten. We’ll talk about:

Recycling: What can be recycled in our town, what can’t, and why, where does it go, and what happens to it?

Trash: What goes into our trash, what happens to it, where does it go, how much of it is there, and how does it contribute to pollution and social injustice?

Food waste: Why are we throwing out all the fertility still locked in food waste, how can we compost it properly, could we have town-wide composting? What would happen with the compost? How could it be combined with carbon sequestration to combat climate change?

Carbon Sequestration: Did you know that agriculture, landscaping, woodlot management and our handling of organic materials can reverse climate change? We plan to learn how, and how to realize it here in Wayland. 

We can structure a program, strategize about how to make it catch on, and plan our first events, which could include:

  • A field trip to Casella, the factory that processes Wayland’s (Transfer Station) one-stream recycling. It’s a fascinating process and they give tours!
  • A field trip to the City Soil’s Boston Compost Site, which composts mounds of food waste in an environmental and socially just way. They also work with biochar, which aids in carbon sequestration.
  • The Living Soil Course is a course (two or three classes) currently being designed by Kaat. It will cover the life in the soil that makes nutrient cycling and therefore plant growth happen, the basic biology and chemistry of growth, the implications for carbon sequestration, hands-on experiments, and practices we can put in place to grow the best (most nutritious) food while not contributing to climate change, and actually reversing it.

Join us in the Sunroom for this fascinating program.