Actions In Progress

Mary - 11/6/22 - Harrisville - Community Conversation event; 6 topics - Ten Towns/PWG; NexTrex; Elm City Compost; 350nh.org; Hannaford’s Parent Company - shift to 100% compostable packaging by 2025; Link for Hannaford's Fresh Magazine - Mar-April 2022 - article begins on page 38 - with the quote mentioned on page 41 - https://www.hannaford.com/inspiration/fresh-magazine/march-april-2022#1

Harrisville - 10/9/22 - Mary: Officially began its NexTrex plastic bag and film collection at their Transfer Station. Volunteers were on hand for the 1st 3 weekends to help explain the program (using their special exhibit signs) and hand out handy reference sheets. Through 10/1, about 120 pounds has been collected; Mary was invited to speak at a luncheon meeting for the Keene Chapter of the AAUW. She explained the 10 Towns initiative and highlighted some Harrisville actions; Mary was interviewed on WKBK’s Good Morning talk show. Focus was the 10 Towns Initiative and Harrisville actions, with emphasis on the NexTrex Program. A recording has been posted under the Media section of the 10Towns.org site. Harrisville will be hosting a Community Conversation on Nov 15. Topics will include: Rethinking Plastics, Town Recycling Committee, and initiatives of the 350 NH org.

Harrisville - 8/19/22 - Mary: Gathered her team and made a display for NexTrex film recycling. The display will be a their recycling center.  

Harrisville - 8/14/22 - Mary: Will be starting in September to put together pictures of plastics for display at transfer station showing which plastics are acceptable for recycling. Will distribute NH Network cloth bags.  Mary is a representative to their transfer station recycling committee. 

Harrisville - 6/19/22 - Mary: Will be doing a Plastic Free July panel which will include Christina Dubin. Keene State will be hosting it. Mary has sent out information. There will be four speakers and then time for questions. Working with town committees to see what else can be done. Will do bin monitoring, education, and tabling for Plastic Free July.   Working on a styrofoam collection program which will transport foam to the densifier in Gilford.

Harrisville - 5/2022 - Mary: working on Harrisville's newsletter article and Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning presentation

Harrisville - 5/8/22 - Mary: Harrisville to celebrate 150th anniversary, will have a table to educate about plastics.  Nearby town of Bennington joined TTT; their town leader will come to the next Harrisville meeting.  Working on  local recycling tips.  Don’t want to intimidate people with so much information!  Home Depot takes some plastic.  Working with the town plastic committee.

Harrisville - 4/24/22 - Mary attended NRRA Recycle Right info session; Harrisville team meeting - two new members; Earth Day exhibit at library; promo on FB page; foam drive; sent out a list (to all my networks of Gardeners, Mermaids, Action folks in Harrisville) of 6 recycling tips (NexTrex, Subaru (Terracycle), Styrofoam collection and batteries, EcoSmith - clothing/shoes, and coffee grounds at Starbucks)  Will pass it along to the PWG.

Harrisville - 4-10-22 - Mary is working on promo materials for TTTA website; 3rd meeting of Harrisville TTTA & Recycling Committee; July panel for Plastic Free July; trial run for foam collection

Harrisville/Nelson - 3/27/22 - Mary & Patsy met with KSC Call program; will host expert panel for Plastic Free July month - Christina, Melissa Gates, Joshua on the panel; collecting foam over 3 months; conscious of carbon footprint for transporting foam; newsletter publications ongoing promoting NexTrex and Terracycle; impacting other on plastic wrap considerations; “Read - Return - Repeat” messaging in online newsletter and library; new action to introduce plastic pollution education into stem/art classes; resources on ‘craftivism’; Google Analytics for the Ten Towns Toolkit

Harrisville - 3/13/22 - Mary is planning a foam collection and has convened a Harrisville group, met with Josh A on his plastic attitudes research

Actions Completed

Use Your Creativity to Educate Others and Address the Plastics Problem

Harrisville's Ten Towns Toolkit Leader Mary wrote a song to address plastics pollution

Mary has published information about the Harrisville Ten Towns Actions  in her local newsletter, Common Threads and on Facebook.

Mary Armstrong - Harrisville Ten Towns Team Leader hosted a panel through the Keene State College CALL Program which featured Joshua Arroyo-Torres speaking on Plastic Impacts and Environmental Justice, Christina Dubin speaking on Local Policy Issues, and  Albert Diemand sharing on  Reducing Landfill Waste with Compost and Plastic Use Alternatives. 

Click here to go to the recording.

Mary was the 2nd speaker to the AAUW Chapter meeting about the Ten Towns Toolkit. There was a great audience with lots of questions. She was able to share a follow-up email to the attendees so they could have some URLs to do further research.  

Mary was interviewed on WKBK by Dan Mitchell, the host, who was very interested about the NexTrex program as well as other Rethinking Plastics projects.