Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Goshen Household Hazard Wast Collection Day

The town of Goshen is participating a household hazard waste collection day, to be held Saturday June 4, 2011 at the Fall Village Public Works Garage

Pre-registration is required, please call 860.491.2308 to register and to get a list of items accepted at the collection, call 860.491.9884.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Electronics Recyling Day

The Connecticut Resource and Recovery Association is holding Electronic Recyling Events in Litchfield County.  These events are open to RESIDENTS only, not businesses.

1st one

When: Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Electronics and paper for shredding and recycling will be collected at the CRRA Watertown transfer station, Echo Lake Road (west of Exit 37 off Route 8), Watertown
FOR:  Residents of Mid-Connecticut Project cities and towns

WHAT: Home electronics, including: computers, monitors, cell phones, TVs, VCRs, copiers, fax machines, printers, radios, stereos. (Electronics from businesses and institutions are not acceptable.)

Sponsor: The Council of Governments of the Central Naugatuck Valley, participating municipalities and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority.

2nd collection

When: Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Electronics and paper for shredding and recycling will be collected at Litchfield High School, 14 Plumb Hill Road, Litchfield .
For Whom: Residents of Mid-Connecticut Project cities and towns

What:  Home electronics, including: computers, monitors, cell phones, TVs, VCRs, copiers, fax machines, printers, radios, stereos. (Electronics from businesses and institutions are not acceptable.)

Sponsors: The Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials, the Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments, participating municipalities and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority

questions on recycling? go to the CRRA web page,

Friday, May 6, 2011

This Weeks Green Tip- the $15 Compost Bin

Ok, you’ve probably seen these wooden pallets lying around everywhere, right? I sure have. Any construction site or store will have about a gazillion of these things on-hand. The sobering thing is that most of the time these wooden pallets are just carted off to a landfill when the person or company is done using them. Wasted. But, we can give these wooden pallets a new life by turning them into all sorts of useful things. People have used wooden pallets to build barns and homes, and even outdoor toilets.I wanted to talk about how easy it is to turn these pallets into a large, outdoor compost bin for yard clippings and leaf waste.

How to Build a Pallet Compost Bin

Pallet Compost Bin:

Step 1

A good bin has four strong sides… unless you’re a rabblerouser with the desire for a pentagonal or even octagonal compost bin. You can do whatever suits your fancy, but me… I’m all about keeping it simple.

Create a four-sided bin by nailing or wiring together four wooden pallets in a cube, leaving the top and bottom open. The finished bin will look like a wooden cage. I like to use scrap “L” brackets instead of nails and wire, they hold better and they look “cool”.

Step 2

You need a gate. Attach one pallet with a hinge on one side. Swing the pallet “closed” and then wire it shut or install a cheap simple latch. You don’t want it opening, unless you tell it to.
Step 3

Now… your compost needs a “mattress.” You need to get some air under the compost to help it along…

Lay a pallet flat on the ground in the location of the compost bin. This bottom pallet increases the air flow under the compost pile. This is GOOD.But, something good always costs you something, right? That airflow will dry out your compost faster, so even thought it’s a better situation, it will cost you some water.

Step 4

Place your new “compost cage” on top of the pallet that you placed on the ground. Feel free to kick it a few times, first. And resist the urge to make it easier to clean up the mess and place your compost bin on soil or grass instead of concrete or patio tiles. Concrete and patio tiles give off a ton of heat that will dry your compost out even faster.
Step 5

You need something to add some structure to the bottom of your compost pile now. So, break out the tree trimming gear or your hedge clippers, and chop away! Use the debris to add a layer of sticks and twigs to the bottom of the compost bin. Compost works better if you chop everything up first. So, it’s more work, but go berserk on the bushes, and then shred up everything that you can, before you toss it on the compost pile. Continue adding layers of compost by alternating “brown waste” and “green waste”.

And remember… Chopped waste will compost faster than large pieces. Seriously. Unless you want to wait five years for composted soil for your container gardens, do yourself a favor and tear that waste up first.
Besides, it’s a great way to get some “stress relief” after your spouse “helps” you with the chores.

Step 6

Lightly water the compost, but don’t overwater it. You want the stuff to start breaking down, not drown. Don’t allow the compost to become sopping wet. It’ll just rot, smell, and make the neighbors mad at you.
Water your composting waste periodically when the compost becomes “dry”.
Step 7

Turn the compost over in the bin periodically with a pitchfork to speed the decomposing process. In almost no time at all, you’ll have the coolest soil on the planet for your garden.

Last Word…

Building your own pallet compost bin is a great way to save money (I just saw Home Depot carrying compost bins now…for $100+) and help keep these pallets out of the landfill. The L brackets and latch should cost you no more than $15.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Some Upcoming Area Weekend Events

Looking for something to do in the area this weekend here are a few area events!

Bird Walk & Breakfast - 7:00 am - White Memorial CC

Walk to Little Pond & Breakfast - 9:00 am - White Memorial CC

Walking Tour-South Street in Litchfield - 10:00 am - Litchfield History Museum

Veteran of the Month Ceremony - 10:00 am - All Wars Memorial, Bantam

Litchfield Hills Indoor Farm-Fresh Market - 10:00 am-1:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center

Crop & Shop - 1:00 pm - 1:00 am - Church of Christ Congregational in Goshen

Swing into Spring: Dance & Social - 8:00-11:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center

"Over The River and Through the Woods" - 8:00 pm - Goshen Players

Monday, May 2, 2011

First Quarter Market Report

The 1st quarter market watch has been posted by Litchfield Hills Sotheby's International Realty.

Please click here for the full report.