Trashy Videos Worth Watching!

The Sustainable Sharon Coalition Trash Team has been busy educating Sharon residents about the SMART Program (Save Money and Reduce Trash), which will improve trash removal, make the cost of trash disposable equitable to all – and help protect our environment.

Consider this:

  • Sharon residents generated 1,878 lbs. of trash per household in 2013.  That’s more than 36 lbs. of trash per week, every week.
  • Sharon’s trash is burned at an incinerator  in West Wareham, MA hence we are adding to air pollutants and climate change.  Ironically, the discarded trash from our homes is still filled with materials that can be recycled or composted.
  • For every ton of waste we create, we are really using 70 more tons  of upstream waste from mining, manufacturing, and distribution.  This is not sustainable.
  • As households, we pay high costs for our poor waste management: ~$70 for every ton of trash burned, along with collection costs.
  • We also pay high environmental costs since we are wasting non-renewable natural resources.

As part of the outreach to educate Sharon families, the SSC Team interviewed three families to see how much trash they generate, and if they could get them to use less. Watch interviews below.

  • Watch the “Mindy Levine episode” in which we sorted a week’s worth of trash (with disposable diapers) for a family of six, left them with a 35-gallon trash cart, and checked back in with Mindy after 5-1/2 weeks.
  • See how the Lee Family deals with trash.
  • Get inspired by the Tamkin Family!

If you didn’t get a chance to attend one of the public information sessions about the SMART Trash Program, take a moment to watch the Sustainable Sharon Trash Forum to learn more.

For more information about the SMART Trash Program, contact Cheryl Schnitzer at