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EcoBuilding Bargains Bash Recap

By Willow Cohn, Community Outreach and Education Fellow

This past Saturday, we hosted our annual EcoBuilding Bargains Bash! This public event was our way of celebrating spring, reuse, and waste reduction. Activities took place in the EcoBuilding Bargains lumber yard and throughout the store! Desite the gloomy and wet weather, we had a great turnout, with over 400 guests in attendance! DJ Kevin Legends did a phenomenal job playing music for us all to enjoy, and The Holyoke Hummus Company provided a wide verity of delicious Mediterranean food. We also displayed all of our Reuse Rockstar contestants, and guests could vote on their favorite project!

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Third Annual EcoBuilding Bargains Bash!

EcoBuilding Bargains is hosting its annual customer appreciation event to celebrate spring, reuse, and upcycling materials next Saturday, May 19th from 11:00-2:00pm! This free event will feature a multitude of family fun activities, such as composting and reuse workshops, along with live upcycling and composting demonstrations, and crafts for kids. Participants can also enjoy free food from the Holyoke Hummus Company while listening to music provided by local DJ, Kevin Legends.

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What is the National Sword?

By Kevin Pink, Program Specialist

What is the National Sword?

You may have heard the phrases “national sword” or “green sword” in the news lately. It is a policy in China that has banned the importation of certain types of solid waste, as well as set strict contamination limits on recyclable materials. This means that China will not accept shipments that are mixed with trash, the wrong type of recyclable, or low-quality recyclables like greasy paper goods. The policy was announced in July 2017, and the ban officially began January 1, 2018. In addition to the bans, China is reducing the number of import licenses, meaning that fewer businesses will be able to import waste.

Why does it matter?

China has been the world’s biggest importer of waste for decades. China has imported paper, plastic, and scrap metal from other nations and processed these materials for reuse in the products they produce for export. However, the implementation of National Sword has reduced the rate at which these materials are imported. This has created significant logjams in the international recycling system, resulting in recycled material piling up at materials recycling facilities (MRFs) or worse, into landfills. This is effecting recycling efforts in the United States and abroad.

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Learn How to Implement a Source Separation Program in Your School Cafeteria

The GREEN TEAM is a joint program of the Center for EcoTechnology and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) that empowers students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, and pollution prevention.

The GREEN TEAM recently released an instructional video on source separation in school cafeterias. Source separation is a system by which organic material and recyclables are collected separately from the trash. This system makes recycling and diverting organic waste easier, which makes it more likely to be done. Recyclable material is then recycled and made into new products, and organic matter is composted, used to feed animals, or turned into energy through anaerobic digestion.

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Berkshire Community College Receives 2018 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership

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The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Green Team has received the 2018 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership from the Center for EcoTechnology.

The BCC Green Team was founded in 2008. They received the award Thursday, April 26, at the Earth Day forum. Laura Dubester and CET Associate Director Nancy Nylen were the presenters. The award is named after Silverstein and Dubester, a couple who served as co-directors of CET for 22 years until they retired in 2010. Dubester joined CET in 1977 and Silverstein in 1978. They became co-directors of the organization in 1988. Silverstein passed away in 2014.

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