Free Composting Workshop at Norwell Recycling Center

NorwellLearn More About Backyard Composting in Norwell

How would you like to improve your soil while getting rid of nearly half of your household garbage at the same time? Composting is the answer. See firsthand how simple it is to minimize your waste and enhance your soil from the local experts at the Norwell Recycling Center.

Free Composting Workshop Hosted by Norwell Recycling

The Norwell Recycling Committee is hosting a free composting workshop on Saturday, November 19th, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dress for the weather as the workshop will be held outside at the Norwell Recycling Center, 310 Main Street, Norwell, adjacent to the Norwell Middle School. And as an added perk, free coffee and donuts will be served!

The Science Behind Successful Composting in Norwell

Learn how to turn coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, yard waste and even paper towels into black gold that will transform your soil into rich, fertile earth. Ann McGovern of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will lead a workshop that will cover the basics of composting, different types of bins, indoor worm composting for apartment-dwellers, and how compost can eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides in your yard and garden.

Start Composting This Season in Norwell

Compost bins will be available for purchase for $53, and one lucky participant will receive a free bin during the event.  The workshop is free and open to Norwell residents as well as the public.

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Rolling Ahead with Norwell’s Bike Path

NorwellNorwell Purchases Land for Bike Path

The first phase of Norwell’s new bike pathway is nearly complete with the purchase of a parcel of land, assessed and purchased by the town at a cost of $3,900. The 2.5 acres sit between Cushing Hill Road and the Norwell Middle School, and is the last piece needed to link existing town-owned properties.

The Need for a Bike Path in Norwell

The town of Norwell has been tossing around the idea of a bike path for quite some time. With few sidewalks and designated walk ways in town, a bike path seemed like both a practical and positive suggestion, creating natural links throughout town for both commuting and leisure. A Norwell Pathway Committee formed in 2008 to study the feasibility of creating paths throughout Norwell, and to survey residents on their preferences and recommendations. The Committee ultimately secured $700,000 from community preservation to start the process.

Phase One of the Norwell Bike Path

The first phase of the Norwell Bike Path carves out a trail connecting the Norwell Middle School to Norwell High School. Rather than biking or walking along Main Street, students can utilize the 8-ft wide paved path to traverse town. The town planner is in the beginning stages of the projects, however, the required permits have been granted, a consultant has been hired, and the project will be open for bid in a few weeks.

The Vision for the Norwell Bike Path

Based on town and resident interest, the Norwell Pathway Committee is hoping this is just the start of a criss-crossing path all over town. The possibilities of connecting Norris Reservation by path to Scituate, as well links from Norwell into Hanover or to the Greenbush Station are all being vetted. It’s just the start of a new era of biking, running, and walking in Norwell.

 

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