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North Adams Committee Finding Little Business Support for Bag Ban

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.

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Goals Set To Make Berkshires 100 Percent Renewable Energy

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.

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Guest Column: Time for Pittsfield to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

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.

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Adams Bag Share Challenge Hits Half Way Point

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.

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Adams BagShare Project Gaining Momentum

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.

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Adams Sets Challenge to Make 8,400 Recycled Shopping Bags

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.

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Adams Transfer Station Could Be Running Next Year

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.

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Pittsfield Council Grants $562K to Help Covanta Stay Open

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

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Pittsfield Considering Major Changes to Curbside Trash Pickup

The city is once again considering changing the way curbside trash is collected Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo has filed a petition to require the use of a toter system. Instead of piling up an unlimited amount of garbage on the side of the road, residents would be given two bins one for recyclables and one for waste. Residents would be restricted to one bin full of each per week.

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Pittsfield Notes: Covanta, Handicap Parking, Solar Arrays

City officials are hoping Covanta won't be leaving afterall with the passage of a new tax incentive for those type of operations. Covanta plans to close its Hubbard Avenue facility in March claiming the "high operating costs and the size of the facility have made it increasingly difficult to run the plant profitably," according to company spokesman James Regan. The plant has been in operations since 1981 on 5.8 acres of land and serves as the primary location for Republic Services to dispose

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