Talking Trash in Today’s World

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Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. 5-week course begins 11/12

In April 2021, the Brunswick Landfill will close. This course will examine the current efforts in Brunswick and the state of Maine to handle and reduce municipal waste after that, and to redirect what is left to recycling and composting efforts. We will look at the issues surrounding public policy on trash, the collection and processing of municipal waste, how recycling and compostable materials are handled, how to determine what can be recycled, how to separate the various items at the curb, how we can compost effectively at home, and how to handle special and hazardous wastes. While the information is geared towards Brunswick, it can be equally applied to any town being serviced by Casella systems, and has a place in any town with a recycling program. Harry Hopcroft has installed solar energy, taught energy auditing, managed large energy auditing projects, and taught an ecology course for non-science majors at Southern New Hampshire University. He is currently writing a weekly column on recycling issues for the Brunswick Times Record, is a member of Brunswick’s Recycling and Sustainability Committee and an avid home composter. (There will be no class session on Thanksgiving Day, November 26.)