Trash for Cash!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Living in CT, Recycling | 0 comments

Did you know that you can recycle Trash for Cash?

Shianne Cutler recently met with the SCLT to tell us about a great program called TerraCycle. TerraCycle is an “upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products.”

Recyle it


So many products that can be recycled get thrown into the trash today. Perhaps because people don’t immediately see the harm to not recycling or the benefits to recycle, they don’t care or don’t want to make the effort. But consider these facts from the EPA:
Benefits of Recycling

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and combustion facilities
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

And TerraCycle is offering another reason: Raising money for charity. According to their website they have given $15,623,511 to charities!

TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.


Shianne earns points for her MS Walk team by collecting these “non-recyclables” and sending them to Terra Cycle who then gives her team points for these items that they can turn in to cash. If you would like to help Shianne…and the earth…please email

Click here for a list of acceptable items.

If you want to learn more about the program head to



Recognizing Burning Bush

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Nature of the Month, Planting | 0 comments

Burning bush are invasive species and home owners are encouraged to remove them from their property and wooded areas as they take over space needed for native plant species that support native animals.

The State of CT highway department no longer plants these along the highways after determination that these are invasive!

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has prohibited nurseries from selling burning bush in Massachusetts because of the invasive determination.

Water Conservation – what can I do?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Education, Living in CT, Planting | 0 comments

black-eyed-susans-and-grassesWater has entered my conversations a lot lately. It comes up when I walk at the West Hartford Reservoir with my best friend and we discuss the news of the MDC sale of water to the Niagara bottling company, it comes up when I catch up on another friend’s daughters, one in California and one in Texas both battling serious droughts and wildfires, it comes up when chatting with neighbors about their yellowing lawns. Water may be the next resource we begin to lose, and we should start now in our own backyards to use it wisely. (more…)

How Green is Your Yard?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Planting, Seasons | 0 comments

How Green is Your Landscape?

Now is a good time to look around your yard to see how many evergreen plants you have growing. Evergreens not only provide food and shelter for wildlife but also provide color to brighten our winter days.
Click on this link to learn more:

Contribute to the 2016 Town of Southington Plan of Conservation and Development

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Living in CT | 0 comments

You can contribute to the 2016 Town of Southington Plan of Conservation and Development. A meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 19th,  7 pm at the Municipal Center.  The draft plan is available for review online on the Town website. Click here to view. If you can, please attend! This is where you can make a contribution as to the direction Southington will move in  for the next  10 years.

Letter to the Editor: PZC chair urges public to stay involved in development plan

My Name is Jen Clock, I am currently serving on our Planning and zoning commission.

You may remember last year, around this time, our committee for the 2016 Plan of Conservation and Development held a public input meeting. The meeting was very well attended and valuable public input was taken.

Please read Jen Clock’s full Letter to the Editor here


What are you doing with your leaves?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Living in CT, Seasons | 0 comments

leaves-wideAutumn leaves are everywhere.

The question is what are you doing with your leaves? Are you dumping them on the open space or pond behind or alongside your property?

Wrong. All leaves should be taken to the curb in front or along side of your home.

We, as Southington residents, are very fortunate to have free leaf pickup, and the schedule will be printed in the local paper.

If, for some reason, you do not make the deadline for leaf pickup in your neighborhood, leaves can be bagged and taken to the landfill on Old Turnpike Road.

Remember, you must empty the bags and take them home with you.

If you have a lawn service please let them know that your leaves should be put at the curb and not dumped behind or alongside your home.

There are no exceptions. You, as the homeowner, are responsible to advise those you employ.

Carol A. Langley,  Southington Resident/SLCT Member

Bursting with Color

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Living in CT | 0 comments


Soon Connecticut will be bursting with color! Find out where the best views are in Connecticut, tips for leaf peepers and even learn why these beautiful colors show up each fall at the DEEP website


Why Plant Native?

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Planting | 0 comments


Why Plant Native? Gardening for Life

An Except from “Bringing Nature Home” 
by Douglas Tallamy

Chances are, you have never thought of your garden as a wildlife preserve that represents the last chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the U.S. But that is exactly the role our suburban landscapes are now playing and will play even more in the near future.

If this is news to you, it’s not your fault. We were taught from childhood that gardens are for beauty; they are a chance to express our artistic talents, to have fun with and relax in. And, whether we like it or not, the way we landscape our properties is taken by our neighbors as a statement of our wealth and social status. But no one has taught us that we have forced the plants and animals that evolved in North America (our nation’s biodiversity) to depend more and more on human-dominated landscapes for their continued existence.

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I Brake for Turtles!

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Animals | 0 comments

Brake For Turtles! Each year at this time female turtles leave the water to lay eggs.  In many places around Southington this involves crossing roads and many are killed.

Please be alert while driving during the next few weeks for turtles crossing the road.  You can help the turtle in the direction it is going if it is safe to do so.  Beware of snapping turtles though, they may not appreciate the help.  They will bite and have surprisingly long necks.

Southington Land Trust Dedicates Bog

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Biologist Bob Kuchta and Southington Land Trust president, Al Fiorillo

On May 14 the Land Trust held its annual dinner meeting at Spartans II restaurant with guest speaker Bob Kuchta. Bob spoke about the amazing geography right here in Southington, namely the kettle bog on the Tomasso property. Bob discovered the bog, also called a fen, from the ridge on the western side of town when he was a boy, hiking with his brothers. He spent some time trying to find out what caused the unusual arrangement of trees he was seeing. Kettle bogs became a lifelong interest for him. He even wrote his Master’s thesis on the bog which is now a Land Trust property.

To honor his lifelong protection of the fen, land trust members had the name officially changed to the Kuchta Family Fen. Al Fiorillo, our president, presented a plaque commemorating the naming and thanking Bob and his family for decades of protecting the fen.

An election of officers was also held at the dinner for the new fiscal year. Al will continue as president, John Fusari will be the new vice president. Irene Murray continues as secretary and Dan Nardini continues as treasurer.

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