During Town Meeting this Saturday, the Town Meeting representatives are slated to vote on whether Brattleboro will adopt the pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) system.  If you’re interested in learning more about PAYT, the library is a great place to start.  We have copies of the PAYT memorandum sent to Town Meeting representatives by the Brattleboro Solid Waste Committee.  The articles on PAYT that have appeared in past issues of the Reformer can be found through the Reformer Newsbank database.  A link to the database can be found on the Resources page of the library’s website.  Finally, if you want to keep track of the ongoing commentary being posted on iBrattleboro (www.iBrattleboro.com) but you don’t have a computer at home, you can access the website via one of the library’s public access computers.

The issue of PAYT has also highlighted the key role that reducing, reusing, and recycling can play.  Unfortunately, confusion surrounds the issue of what can and can’t be recycled.  The Brattleboro Community Brain Trust wiki has a page outlining what can and cannot be recycled in Brattleboro (http://www.ibrattleboro.com/braintrust/index.php?title=Recycle_in_Brattleboro); they even have information on how to obtain a recycling bin if you don’t already have one.  Not sure when recycling gets picked up on your street?  Visit the town’s web site (www.brattleboro.org); the Trash and Recycling has a Word document with the recycling schedule.

The website for the Windham Solid Waste Management District (www.windhamsolidwaste.org) has a plethora of information on what can and can’t be recycled, as well as when and where items can be brought for recycling.  There’s also some information on the site about Project Cow, a commercial organic waste composting project subsidized by the WSWMD.  Compostable items can be brought to the WSWMD’s Convenience Center on Old Ferry Road (details as to what items qualify can be found on the web site).

If you are interested in starting your own compost, the library has some great books on the subject that you will definitely want to look through for tips.  There’s Let it rot!  The gardener’s guide to composting by Stu Campbell (631.8 CAM) and The Rodale book of composting, edited by Deborah L. Martin and Grace Gershung (631.8 ROD).  Many of the gardening books located at 631.5 have information related to composting as well. — SER