‘Something Small Can Create Something Bigger’: New Canaan Duo Launches Food Waste Recovery Program

Mariana Ferreria, a recent New Canaan High School graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree this year from Boston College, had been looking last winter for “a side passion project” before going to Spain later this summer as a Fullbright scholar. Ferreira approached Robin Bates Mason of Planet New Canaan, who connected her with 2022 NCHS graduate izzy Kaufman. Kaufman had already launched a composting program at Greenology, where she worked. “I had Izzy explain what she did at Greenology and I was like, ‘That’s crazy because I was thinking of doing the exact same thing for other restaurants in town,’ ” Ferreira recalled. “So we decided it was perfect partnership and from there we started designing what ‘NC FWRD’ is now.”
Short for “New Canaan Food Waste Recovery & Diversion,” NC FWRD is pilot program designed to fully fund and support restaurants that are interested in diverting their food waste.

Podcast: ‘Swap Shop’ Coming to the Transfer Station This Summer

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we share some exciting news from New Canaan’s public works director, Tiger Mann, about a long-planned “swap shop” coming to the New Canaan Transfer Station. The swap shop could launch as early as May or June, Mann said, in partnership with Planet New Canaan. Those interested in learning more about volunteering at the future New Canaan swap shop should email planetnewcanaan@gmail.com. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

New Canaan Fire Marshal: Taking Down Christmas Trees

Taking down the Christmas tree isn’t nearly as much fun as putting it up. But the longer a tree stays up, the greater a fire hazard it becomes. All Christmas trees can burn, but a dried-out tree can become engulfed in flames in a matter of seconds. In a year where many people began decorating their homes earlier than usual, trees have been in homes longer than usual, presenting an increased risk of fire as the days go by. When Christmas is over or the tree begins to drop needles, dispose of it.

Pumpkin Recycling Drop Off

Planet New Canaan will be collecting whole, uncarved and unpainted pumpkins at New Canaan Nature Center on Sunday, November 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. in the parking lot. Transfer Station pass holders may drop off pumpkins that are carved in special pumpkins bins in the food scrap recycling area. Painted pumpkins should go into the trash. Pumpkins collected by Plante New Canaan will be taken to an area farm for the cows to enjoy.