Trash Talkin’…Needham vs. Wellesley

Numbers don’t lie.

Or do they?

Long time rivals Needham and Wellesley’s latest skirmish isn’t on the playing fields; rather it’s taking place at the dump.  Or actually the transfer station where town recycling takes place.

Numbers released for 2006 (most recently released figures) indicate that 69% of Needham residents recycle, compared to 49% of Wellesley townspeople.

According to Mass. DEP, Needham is the “best in the state!”

But Wellesley officials take issue with this, since all communities “self report.”  They report that Wellesley’s numbers are in fact much higher.  Self reporting by municipalities is now the standard procedure.

And as such, these reported numbers are subject to interpretation…

Check out the Boston Globe’s report:


* Courtesy Boston Globe, Lisa Keen

More information:

Boston Globe:

Wellesley Recycling:

Step Up!
* courtesy Town of Wellesley
The premise of the Step Up! program is that everyone can “Step Up!” their recycling efforts. For example, if you are not recycling, you can start with paper. If you are recycling, you can look for additional products that you can divert from the waste stream, compost at home or become involved with community education and outreach programs.
Your continued feedback is crucial as we implement this program. If you have comments or suggestions on any other component of the Step Up! program, please email us at or call the RDF at (781) 235-7600, x3345.
Keep your eyes open for the Recyclable of the Month, and other recycling information-and please, take a “Step Up!”
Needham Recycling:



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