, Derry, New Hampshire

November 22, 2012

Derry committee works to keep town green

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — Whether it’s recycling or safe ways to pick up after the town’s dogs, Derry’s Go Green Committee has a solution.

The committee is going strong, spreading its educational messages about all sorts of ways to keep the town and environment safer and greener.

Topics at meetings range from recycling to special events on town conservation lands, to helping keep areas clean and trash free.

Recycling in town is a big topic, according to Go Green chairman Judy Follo.

Derry will be upgrading its transfer station and now is the time to boost the town’s recycling efforts, she said.

“We can save money for the town if we put it into recycling,” Follo said. “(We need to) get that behavior and good vibe going.”

Efforts are put into educating residents and students in the town’s schools to show just what materials can be recycled locally.

The state’s goal for a community to recycle is 40 percent. Derry comes very close to that number.

“It’s something to be proud of,” Follow said. “We are doing a good job, but as the transfer station evolves, we need to keep recycling in the forefront.”

Ways to keep other forms of waste in the proper place is also a concern for Go Green as it pondered a potential dog waste problem at town-owned conservation land Broadview Farm.

The group will install a sign, reminding people to clean up after their pups when walking the open spaces in town.

“We decided to get a sign for Broadview because that was our concern,” Follo said. “We’ll start with the sign, pack in and pack out, and go forward from there.”

Follo said residents are typically very concerned about keeping their town clean.

More education about additional ways to keep Derry green can be a bonus, especially at areas that are as popular as Broadview Farm.

“An awful lot of people walk their dogs there,” Follo said. “This shows a little good faith and it’s a start.”

Other Go Green plans moving forward include getting a presence at area apartment complexes and sharing information on ways those facilities to get on board with more recycling.

Follo said it’s all about spreading the most information possible on topics that deal with the environment and clean living.

“Our mission is to educate,” Follo said.

The next Go Green meeting is set for Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the municipal center, Room 207.