Pumpkin Compost 

Please compost those Pumpkins!  Did you know over the next month, 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins will be hauled to the U.S. landfills and incinerators?  Composting helps reduce food waste in landfills which creates more methane gas than the airline industry.  Pumpkins can be dropped off at the Holly Hill transfer station - yard waste, or through Waste Free Greenwich’s food scrap drop off location at Old Greenwich Farmer’s Market (38 West End Avenue, Living Hope Community Church on Wednesdays 2:30-6:30.


Textile & Clothing Drive

NMS Green Schools asks you to start saving those unwanted clothes and textiles for our upcoming clothing/textile drive!  For more information and a full list of what can/cannot be donated please visit the Waste Free Greenwich website or contact Lindsay Baker (lindsay.p.baker@gmail.com)

Kindergarteners Learn to Compost

KH & KL did some composting experiments on Earth Day! They collected food scraps from their lunch boxes and dug for wiggly worms. They made a little house and will check back in 2 weeks to see what happened to the food…..can you predict what happened?



Follow these easy steps to make your own wormery at home:


Recycling Drives - Textiles, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters & Batteries


Continue to keep those textiles out of our landfills!  The Town of Greenwich, in partnership with the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board, has teamed up with Fairco-Greentree Recycling to make donation easy for Greenwich residents and to raise funds for recycling education and outreach in our community.  Collection bins can be found at Eastern Civic Center, Cos Cob Library and Holly Hill Resource Recovery Center.

Please continue to save your batteries, crayons and markers and we will share information about the next drive as soon as possible!  We are planning a collection of used crayons, markers & highlighters in June. All brands will be accepted through the Crayola Color Cycle Initiative and the Crayon Initiative.  Old batteries are accepted at the Holly Hill Recycling Center all year long to be properly recycled.  Any questions please contact Lindsay Baker.  

Holly Hill Resource Recovery Center (“The Greenwich Dump”)


Do you know all the recycling options at Holly Hill?  For just $25 apply for your Holly Hill permit today! Books, Food Scraps, Yard Waste, Logs, Leaves, Electronics, Light Bulbs, Scrap Metal, Batteries, Mattresses and more.  Keep these items out of our landfills and make a difference today!



Household Hazardous Wastes

Did you miss Greenwich’s Hazardous Waste Day this Spring? You can still take advantage of Household Hazardous Waste Day in neighboring towns by proving Greenwich residency. View the schedule here

To learn what is accepted, please see the Greenwich Household Hazardous Waste guidelines. For further information, contact Greenwich Department of Health (203-622-7838) or Greenwich Department of Public Works (203-869-6910).

Greenwich Public Works Waste Wizard tool

Wondering which items can be recycled? What materials are too hazardous to put in your trash bin? Or where to donate unwanted items? Use the new Greenwich Public Works Waste Wizard tool to learn how to properly recycle, reuse or dispose of hundreds of items in the Town of Greenwich. Simply type the name of the item in question, and information will be provided on the best disposal options. Click here for more information.


Suggestions and Resources


Meatless Monday - try to have one day a week where the whole family enjoys plant-based meals.


Join Waste Free Greenwich's mailing list to learn more about how you can make a difference at home and in our community. More info here.





Recommended Green School Movies


Just Eat It, a food waste story available on Amazon Prime

Straws available on Kanopy

Bag it available on Kanopy

The Story of Stuff 

Biggest Little Farm rent on Amazon

My Octopus Teacher available on Netflix

Kiss the Ground available on Netflix

Wasted rent on Amazon


Interested in being a part of NMS Green Team volunteers?  Contact Lindsay Baker for more information.  We welcome all volunteers, no experience necessary!

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