Live green just west of Boston

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Recycling bins in Needham.

How green is your town? Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln were among the state’s top 10 communities with the most alternative-fuel cars per capita last year, according to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. And Brookline households drove a mere 24.2 miles a day between 2005 and 2007, racking up the lowest figure in the region.

Local towns also dominated the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s list last year tracking the most orders for bicycle racks through its program that reimburses communities for the cost of purchasing them. Bolton, Wellesley, Sherborn, Carlisle, and Concord led the way on a per-capita count, while Newton was third among municipalities in the total number of bike racks purchased, trailing only Boston and Cambridge.

Wellesley was named the first Green Power Community in Massachusetts this year.


And we can’t forget Needham, which in 2008 boasted the state’s second-highest residential recycling rate, at 67 percent, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.