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December 1, 2012

Governor touts local recycling program

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“In Massachusetts, unfortunately, kids don’t get as much science as they used to,” she said. “We wanted to instill an appreciation and passion for the environment.”

The Belmontes kept the students entertained and engaged with a variety of activities, including a relay race in which students had to decide which of four bins — paper, bottles/cans, compost or trash -- to place various items. Patrick Belmonte kept things under control by blowing on a conch shell.

Students were encouraged to reuse or return plastic bags, which Patrick Belmonte referred to as “toxic tumbleweeds” blowing down our streets, through our parks, and into our oceans. They were also advised to use reusable water bottles, start a compost pile in their backyards, and donate unneeded clothes and electronics.

“We all throw away 5 pounds of trash every day,” Lauren Belmonte said. “These are fun ways that you guys can make little changes and make a big impact on our lives.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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