Just before the start of Third Thursday a city truck rolled onto North Street loaded with recycling bins.
It was a new addition to the event and it is part of the city's new focus on increasing recycling. In the wake of the City Council rejecting Mayor Linda Tyer's plan to switch to a toter plan for residential trash pick up - a move eyed to dramatically increase recycling and the cost the city pays to collect and dispose of refuse - a number of people are now increasing its own recycling ef
Cohen had developed the survey through surveymonkey.com to gather input from businesses. At last week's meeting, a pizzeria owner had indicated owners might be leery of expressing their opinions in public.
The technology is available. It is just a matter of the right policies and right actions to make it happen.
That is what a cvoalition of environmentalist believes when it comes the state becoming 100 percent powered by renewable energy. On Monday, local leaders and organizations joined for a summit to dive into the issues.
But if it passes the City Council, Pittsfield will not be the second community in Berkshire County to ban single-use plastic bags, it will be the seventh. Four years of study later, it is time to end the paralysis of analysis and protect tourism and the environment.
A steady flow of children and parents partook in the initiative to create reusable grocery bags out of recycled materials. With a plastic bag ban in effect, multiple groups have signed on to the challenge to help make a bag for each resident.
The Adams BagShare Project is not only making waves in town but across the region and the country.
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco held a small meeting at Town Hall Thursday to mark the first day of the plastic bag ban in town and to thank those involved in the project charged with creating 8,400 reusable grocery bags out of recycled material – one for each resident.
The local BagShare Project uses recycled materials — mainly plastic woven feed bags and used irrigation tubing — to create free reusable bags for consumer use. Brought to North Berkshire by Leni Fried and Mike Augspurger of the Old Stone Mill, the town's taken up the challenge to create a sustainable bag for every resident in Adams ahead of the plastic bag ban that goes into effect on March 30 for larger retailers.
The town is nearing the completion of its transfer station approval and hopes to have it running next year.
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco told the Selectmen at Wednesday's workshop meeting that the town is 80 percent through the approval process with the state Department of Environmental Protection to turn the recycling center into a pay-as-you-throw transfer center.
Covanta is expected to remain open now that the City Council has granted the waste to energy facility $562,000 to help with capital repairs.
The council on Tuesday approved the expenditure from the Pittsfield Economic Development Fund, which was created in part of the settlement with General Electric years ago, to help the company replace a boiler, and comply with state regulations to enclose the area recyclables are sorted. The money is part of what officials called a "three-legged stool" wi