Reusable Containers soon to be available for bulk foods in Concord

Concord’s Board of Health just approved a variance to the Food Code allowing customers to use containers from home for purchasing bulk foods. This is a significant win for the world of reuse and we look forward to the possibility for this in Lexington…

From Debra’s Natural Gourmet in Concord, who led the effort: “One of the points we tried to make was that nothing in the food system is 100% risk free and that the question to ask, β€œIs the risk reasonable?” There is a track record of safety and acceptance for returnables in industrialized, well-regulated countries around the world. Here, now, we allow people to squeeze peaches to see if they are ripe, we sell sushi, chicken, unpasteurized apple cider, and allow people to refill their own coffee cups at gas stations – we accept self-serve salad bars. Since we do accept that risk, why should a mason jar from home be banned as dangerous?”

Great work, Debra and all those who supported the effort!


Become a Zero Waste Hero!

We’re very excited to launch the LexZeroWaste membership program and hope all who are interested in supporting Zero Waste initiatives in our community will join us as a member.

With a membership of $25 or more, you can:

  • Enable new Zero Waste programs and practices in the community
  • Meet, collaborate and take action with other members who share your desire for less waste
  • Support environmental justice initiatives in communities impacted by Lexington’s waste.

… and more!

New Members through December 31, 2021 will be recognized as “Charter” members for the life of their LexZeroWaste membership.

Please visit our Membership page to learn more and consider joining us as a Zero Waste Hero!

Annual Meeting on 9/9

Please join us for our first annual meeting on Thursday, September 9, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Lexington Community Center.

Thursday, September 9
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Lexington Community Center
(under the tent in the back parking lot)

We’re looking forward to sharing our accomplishments over this past year, including some special thanks,  bringing everyone up to speed with our exciting programs in the works.

We’ll have lots of opportunity for “social distance mingling“, seeing old friends, making new acquaintances, and even joining together with a fun activity to help name our reusable takeout program. (Start thinking now!)

Due to Covid-19, we have decided not to offer refreshments. However, we hope you will bring your own food and drinks in your own reusable containers! And to celebrate the launch of LexSORT, we will provide a bin for composting any food waste you have!

Thank you again for your time, dedication, and support. 

We hope you can attend. Please let us know if you can attend with this RSVP link!

Lexington Zero Waste Collaborative Board