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Bedford & New Canaan Magazine: Planet New Canaan 

BNC magazine interviews Robin Bates-Mason from Planet New Canaan about local eco-engagement, recycling, and reusing, emphasizing community events, partnerships with other environmental groups, and initiatives like biodiversity conservation and pollinator pathways for a sustainable future. March-April issue 2024 (see page 34)

Feeding the cows the diverted pumpkins

New Canaan Advertiser: Christmas trees collected for recycling in New Canaan 

For the third year, Planet New Canaan held its Tree Cycle to recycle Christmas trees and keep them from ending up in the landfill. 1/4/24

Feeding the cows the diverted pumpkins

New Canaanite: Planet New Canaan’s Pumpkin Pick-Up

Covered in one of the most popular section of New Canaan’s online media source: “Planet New Canaan will be collecting whole, carved and unpainted pumpkins from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Saturday’s New Canaan Farmers Market. The pumpkins will be delivered to the farm of resident Skip Hobbs, for his cows to enjoy. 11/4/21

Planet New Canaan's fundraising campaign to fund native trees for Waveny Park
Food Scraps Recycling has started in New Canaan

New Canaan Advertiser: “Planet New Canaan fundraiser launched for Waveny Park trees”

Planet New Canaan has launched a fundraising campaign for the purchase of native trees for the Town of New Canaan.

The trees will help to replace the loss of many old, beautiful trees in the town’s “crown jewel,” Waveny Park, located at 677 South Ave. in New Canaan. 3/31/21

New Canaan Advertiser: “‘Recycling Food Scraps in New Canaan’ live webinar Dec. 10

Planet New Canaan, the Town of New Canaan and the New Canaan Library are presenting a live webinar titled, ”Recycling Food Scraps in New Canaan,” Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

There will be a panel discussion at the event that shows how the town is breaking this cycle through the Food Scrap Recycling program at the town’s Transfer Station. 11/22/20

Food Scraps Recycling Program

New Canaan Advertiser: “Crowdfunding effort raises $8,000 for program by New Canaan”

Planet New Canaan, an all-volunteer environmental group in New Canaan, successfully spearheaded a crowdfunding campaign to fund a composting program by the Town of New Canaan. In just five days, the fundraising goal of $4,000 was reached. Sustainable CT’s Community Match Fund, an innovative funding resource for public, community led sustainability projects, matched the community donations. The total raise of $8,000 will cover the Town’s first-year expenses for this new sustainable program. 9/15/20

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New Canaanite Podcast: New Canaan Sustainability Team Leader Robin Bates-Mason

“This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Robin Bates-Mason about two matching funds from Sustainability CT that will support separate eco-friendly efforts of the Friends of Bristow Bird Sanctuary and Planet New Canaan, and we also talk about a CT Green Bank loan program of which New Canaan organizations and businesses have yet to avail themselves.”  9/2/20

Planet New Canaan, the Beautification League and Jenn of Copia announce native plant incentive program

New Canaan Advertiser “Pollinator Pathway partners launch native plant incentive”

Planet New Canaan will lead a fall native plant program with Copia Home and Garden that encourages customers of the South Salem, N.Y., nursery to buy native plantings.

The seasonal program was created last year to promote planting of pollinator-friending perennials, shrubs and trees while helping fund native plant donations for New Canaan Pollinator Pathway partners.  7/24/20

Head of New Canaan Public Works displays items that he will cover in his recycling talk

New Canaan Advertiser: New Canaan Library, Town, Planet New Canaan, Your Recycling Hosts

The Town of New Canaan, the New Canaan Library, and the non-partisan organization Planet New Canaan, recently hosted a program called: “Reducing and Recycling During the Coronavirus pandemic,”on Monday, June 29, 2020, via a live webinar on Zoom. It began at 4:30 p.m. and went until 5:30 p.m.  6/29/20

BJ Flagg who produced Planet New Canaan's recyclable bags displays one in front of her office

New Canaan Advertiser “Reusable grocery bags benefit New Canaan Nature Center”

New Canaan reusable grocery bags are now available for sale with proceeds supporting the New Canaan Nature Center. Originated by Planet New Canaan, the reusable bags were produced in partnership with five other New Canaan organizations: New Canaan Community Foundation, Walter Stewart’s Market, New Canaan Nature Center, the Town of New Canaan, and Nurenu Brand Marketing. 5/29/20

New Canaan Land Trust at Copia for Native Plant Sale

New Canaan Advertiser “Plant sale for Bristow in New Canaan extended”

The Native Plant Sale, which benefits the Bristow Bird Sanctuary, has been extended until June 30. The non-bipartisan group Planet New Canaan, and South Salem, N.Y. business Copia Home and Garden are putting on the sale together.

Customers can buy $75 worth of native plants, and Copia will donate $10 worth of them to Bristow. Bristow is located south of New Canaan’s downtown business district. 5/29/20

Cork Recycling at the New Canaan Nature Center

New Canaan Advertiser “New Canaan Nature Center, Planet New Canaan recycle”

The New Canaan Nature Center and Planet New Canaan have teamed up to recycle wine bottle corks at the nature center. Natural corks may be dropped off in the lobby of the nature center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they will be mailed off to the company ReCork to be turned into various products.  2/20/20

Carl Mason participating in the Five Mile Clean-up

New Canaan Advertiser “New Canaan Five Mile River Cleanup reaps lots of trash”

Patio chairs, tires and lots of bottles and cans were found along the Five Mile River near River Road on Saturday morning. It was too easy to fill orange buckets with lots of trash, rued the organizers of the cleanup on a cloudy, brisk day, April, 27.
Nearly a dozen people helped clean up the wooded land around the river near Route 123, in an event organized by Planet New Canaan with the help of the Surfrider Foundation. Though the New Canaan Nature Center lent waders for the event, it was not practical to take rubbish out of the river since it was rushing with whitecaps. 5/1/19

Planet New Canaan is working with Planet New Canaan for the annual Five Mile Clean-up

New Canaan Advertiser “New Canaan’s 2019 Clean Your Mile effort continues”

The 2019 Clean Your Mile effort continues through this Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Planet New Canaan, working with the Surfrider Foundation, will clean the Five Mile River area on River Street on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are welcome to join.
The town-wide cleanup continues through Sunday, April 28. More than 250 individual volunteers and members of numerous community organizations will be asked to help give New Canaan its annual spring cleaning to help beautify the town and environment. Parks, parking lots, schools and public areas will be designated to youth groups and civic organizations. 4/24/19

Planet New Canaan poses with Tiger Mann after Five Mile Clean-up with Ice Cream Cones in hand

New Canaan Advertiser “Free ice cream for cleaning your mile”

Baskin Robbins and Planet New Canaan are giving out 100 free ice creams cones for New Canaan’s Clean Your Mile starting on Saturday, April 27, through Sunday, April 28, 2019.
The first 100 people who participated in Clean Your Mile will get a free single-scoop ice cream cone. Customers must show a picture of themselves participating in Clean Your Mile and must be at Baskin Robbins in order to receive the free ice cream cone, while supplies last. 4/16/19

Volunteers pose with Surfrider Foundation

New Canaan Advertiser “Volunteer cleanup crew collects trash, recyclables at river”

New Canaan: Planet New Canaan, with the help of Surfrider Foundation, organized a clean up of the Five Mile River by Kiwanis Park on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Members of New Canaan High School’s Eco Club and Save Our Seas were on hand to help, joined by volunteers from the community.

In total, 14 volunteers picked up 175 pounds of garbage and recyclables within 100 yards of the starting point in Kiwanis Park, Planet Cleanup said in an announcement.  12/20/18

Two members of Planet New Canaan take a tour of City Carting Single Stream Recycling

New Canaan Advertiser “Planet New Canaan takes tour of recycling facility in Stamford”

Katie Owsley, center, and Robin Bates-Mason, left, of Planet New Canaan, took a tour of the City Carting Single Stream Recycling Facility in Stamford with New Canaan resident and City Carting Manager Jay Greco. The goal of the visit was to learn more about how the Single Stream Recycling process works as City Carting picks up recyclables from New Canaan’s Transfer Station.  7/8/18

Logo of the new organization Planet New Canaan

New Canaan Advertiser “Planet New Canaan advocates for environmental efforts, education

 It may be a young initiative, but Planet New Canaan is putting down roots on making environmentalist efforts convenient for town residents.

“We want to be the environmental group for New Canaan,” Robin Bates-Mason, president of Planet New Canaan, said. “We wanted to start something new that was nonjudgmental and an initiative around town to guide people who may not usually think about the environment.”

Planet New Canaan seeks to start out with small steps to help residents keep the environment in mind, from showing what items can be recycled to suggesting replacements for plastic and advocating for the use of biodegradable materials. 3/16/18

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