Hudson - Litchfield News | February 3, 2012 - 7
Over the last few months I have been trying to reduce my consumption in a few areas of my life. This decision was partly made after helping my parents downsize from their four bedroom house with a full basement, into a two bedroom apartment. I came back to New Hampshire thinking that I needed to reduce what I have and reduce what I buy. A quick search on the Internet for ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ brought me to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) newsletter ‘This Green Life’ from February 2008 (http://www.nr
p) where I read the following: Reduce. “Reduce” means using fewer resources in the first place.
• Avoid overly packaged goods. The packaging is a total throw- away.
• Cut back on water use at home. • Waste less energy on lights and equipment.
Recycling Percentage Year-to-date (July 2011 – December 2011)
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This is the most effective of the three R’s and the place to begin. But you don’t need to let go completely or all at once. “Reduce” is a comparative word. It says: cut back from where you are now. So that is where I started. It wasn’t a drastic declaration that I was going to stop buying; it has been more of a journey. The first (and most obvious) place to begin was in my yarn and fiber stash. My husband, Jim, will tell you I have enough to open my own store and there have been days I agree with his assessment. Since I started this effort I have managed to finish several unfinished projects; I have given away yarn I will never use; I look in my current yarn/fiber stash first when I want to start a new project instead of going out and buying something and when I go to a fiber festival or yarn store I try to make thoughtful purchases that won’t turn into future “what was I thinking” moments. My ultimate goal is to be able to enjoy what I have without wondering what is lurking in the back of the closet. During the last few years most of us have made the decision to reduce our consumption of discretionary items as the cost of gasoline and food has increased. Your decisions can make a difference in the amount of household trash that is generated on a weekly basis. The NRDC website has these recommendations for reducing your use of resources: • Buy products made from post-consumer recycled materials, especially paper and bathroom tissue.
• Buy stuff made close to home. Less energy was used transporting them to the store.
On the road with the Recycling Committee The Recycling Committee will have an information table set up at the Hudson Community Center, 12 Lions Avenue for the School Deliberative Session on Saturday, February 4, and the Town Deliberative Session on Saturday, February 11. Each session starts on 9 a.m.
Committee Openings The Recycling Committee currently has two opening: one member and one alternate. If you are interested in joining the Committee you can download the application form from the Town of Hudson website: www.hudsonnh.gov/forms
or pick up an application at Town Hall during normal business hours. If you have questions about the Committee you are welcome to attend a meeting or speak to any Committee member. The Recycling Committee meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the BOS Meeting Room. The public is welcome to attend. Please send your questions/concerns to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Town Of Hudson, Attention: Cheryl Freed, Recycling Committee, 12 School Street, Hudson, NH 03051. I look forward to your thoughts. And check the Recycling Committee page on the Town Website: www.hudsonnh.gov/boards/
recycling for more news.
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Farewell to the paper Duck Stamp, those collectable bits of our national heritage. The U.S. House of Representatives is passed HR 3117, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011. The bill’s official definition is: “To grant the Secretary of the Interior permanent authority to authorize States to issue electronic duck stamps, and for other purposes.” The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation has been supportive of this legislation, as it would make it easier for hunters to obtain a stamp and thereby fund conservation. A member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission and avid waterfowl hunter, said, “This is a small issue for many in our country, but a great step forward for the continued conservation of waterfowl, and sportsmen across the country.”
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