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By Morgan Leger

    When it comes to Lunenburg’s waste and recycling, Tessa David, the Director of MassToss, believes that Lunenburg has a good track record for recycling and waste reduction. 
“In 2016, the amount of waste per household in Lunenburg was 906 pounds compared to the regional average of 1,100 pounds per household. The town has a lower than average waste pounds per household,” said David. However, David also believes there is room for improvement by how residents manage their recyclables.
    “Households that focus on recycling all the everyday items they use, such as paper, cans and bottles, will recycle the majority of items that make the most difference,” said David.     “Additionally, households can save money by buying less trash bags if they recycle items that can be recycled through our curbside collection (Pay-As-You-Throw) program. However, costs can increase if one recycles items that are not recyclable.”
    Materials that can be recycled, and not disposed in the regular trash, include items like glass, tin and aluminum cans, clean newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper and certain plastics. 
Yard Waste, such as grass and leaves, can be collected at the landfill off of Youngs Road.

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Public survey helps Town Hall repainting plans
Story & photos by Morgan Leger 

The Town Hall building in Lunenburg has gone through much history and it literally shows. If you look on the sides of the building and some of the front, bits of paint are slowly starting to peel off. Thankfully, a vote was made at the Annual Town Meeting in May to have the outside of Town Hall repainted. Only one question remained: what color would the community like to use? 

An Online survey was created last month to see if residents wanted their Town Hall to be painted white or black - its historical colors. In 1830, a portion of Town Hall was part of the Unitarian Meeting Town House and was white. Once the building was purchased in 1867, it was substantially rebuilt and repainted. The last time Town Hall was repainted was back in 2002, and a similar color palette was chosen to match the original color from 1867.

“The Town Hall is in serious need of a fresh look,” said Selectman Phyllis Luck, “The fact that over 500 residents responded to the survey concerning paint color illustrates there is a lot of interest in this project.  I find it interesting when a large majority of those respondents chose a color. It indicates that the folks of Lunenburg would prefer Town Hall to look like that [white].  It is very helpful when citizens engage in the decision process.”

The Selectmen were overall impressed with the reception of the survey question. From the overwhelming amount of responses, only 83 percent wanted to paint Town Hall white. According to the Selectmen, they have received public comment from many who feel the color white will transcend. In addition, it has been decided from the responses on the survey, that the shutters and doors on town hall will be painted black to offset details in the structure.

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