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Time moves forward, and the topics don’t change much. But progress is everywhere!

Who would think a morning radio show wants to share with it’s listeners how to recycle on the go? What I love about being on WATD 95.9 FM is that I can share easy-to-remember pro-green facts, like that more than 2,000 recycling businesses in Massachusetts generate an estimated $95 million in tax revenue, and then talk about personal action.

We can all help our progressive Bay State and its many wonderful programs by increasing our recycling.

  • Carry a reusable tote when on the go to easily store garbage. When you meet up with a recycling bin–like at the MBTA or downtown–you can unload.
  • My friend Katie Giddings and I were talking about this topic–she says “know your route.” Have a daily schedule? There are recycling bins in more and more places, just ask a greenie you know or look on the town website under Trash and Recycling–there could be a map.
  • Keep a small bag in your car for trash and sort out the recycling at home.

This is easy stuff–but now listeners know why they might want to make the extra effort to recycle-on-the-go. Recycling makes money, it creates jobs. According to the state, the recycling business has created 13,905 jobs in Massachusetts with a $498 million annual payroll. Who could not get on board with that?

I love new adventures because they take me to places I need to see, and hear. Going to the Falmouth wastewater treatment plant, discussed often at Massachusetts town meetings, was worth a side trip after my August 9th in-studio Green Quick Fixes 5  segment. Talking to the plant director about the on-site municipal wind turbines to get the facts was the best part. The visit answered questions, countered rumors, and quickly revealed the challenges to establishing municipal wind projects.

Moving on to see Sandwich’s brand-spanking new turbines was even better. Taking a wrong turn and stopping over at the Town Marina, a woman said to me that the new turbines I was looking for “are huge.” Enlightening–just beyond her face was the facade of a giant fossil-fuel burning power plant, a neighbor to her dockside office. Truths of reality are revealed in circumstantial conversations.

Barely noticeable are fixtures, huge are the new features on the horizon. It’s all relative–to our eyes and ears.

Here in Salem a municipal foray into wind is just beginning. Research since 2007 and recent testing data has lead to a wind turbine proposal at Winter Island. The first public meeting a few weeks ago brought voices and fears forward.

So often in wind discussions are the Falmouth project, noise, dead birds and more brought up. I look forward to what is sure to be a lively discussion with the Salem Renewable Energy Task Force at our monthly Greater Salem Green Drinks green business networking meeting tonight.

Take a listen, see the pictures, decide for yourself where truth lives: