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June 2013 Recycling E-Newsletter

6/20/2013

Free Compost Workshop: 6/24

Save your banana peels and learn to compost and reduce food waste on Monday June 24 at 6pm at Public Works 147 Hampshire St, 1st floor conference room. Learn the composting options residents have and ways to reduce food waste, from Cambridge's Recycling Director, Ms. Randi Mail. She will review best practices for outdoor composting, indoor composting with worms, options for drop-off and bicycle pickup. Composting and making soil is rewarding, benefits your garden and house plants and curbs climate change! Reducing food waste is incredibly important considering that Americans waste more than 40% of the food we produce for consumption. That comes at an annual cost of more than $100 billion. To RSVP for this workshop email recycle@cambridgema.gov.

Next Household Hazardous Waste Collection: 7/13

2013 dates: 7/13, 10/19 from 9am-1pm. Bring accepted items to the Danehy Park Parking Lot on Field St at Fern St. Cambridge residents only. Click here for more information.

Old appliance tips and get energy saving freebie

Residents can schedule and pay for the pickup of large items / appliances online. This includes: air conditioners, bicycles, copiers, dehumidifiers, dryers, exercise equipment, freezers, large computer monitors, large TVs, lawnmowers, metal desks, metal filing cabinets, printers, refrigerators, snow blowers, stoves, trash compactors, washers, water coolers, and water heaters. Check out these great energy savings tips for spring and summer.

Cambridge renters: complete this City survey and receive a free 7-socket smart power strip (a $30 value)! These devices automatically eliminate wasteful standby power, saving money and energy. A widescreen TV plugged into it can save $140+/year.

Have a Zero Waste Party

Planning a zero waste event at your house? The key is careful planning and education. Serve finger foods to avoid the need for tableware. Everything used must be reusable, recyclable or compostable. Tell guests what to recycle and compost, and place signs throughout your space. Use reusables whenever possible or use certified compostable tableware. Remember, no plastic, metal or glass in your compost. Collect material in compostable bags, paper bags, or cardboard boxes. Click here to find out about where Cambridge residents can drop off food scraps. If you have a large quantity, please give us 1-2 days notice at recycle@cambridgema.gov.

Get More Involved and Volunteer

We’d love to hear from you if you can volunteer for a few hours at a Summer in the City event (schedule online). Dates include: 7/9, 7/11, 7/16, 7/18, 7/23, 7/25, 7/30, 8/1). It’s fun to talk to people about recycling, composting, and reducing waste. You can enjoy the atmosphere and get a free t-shirt. Email us today at recycle@cambridgema.gov to help!

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Cambridge MA, 02139
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Richard C. Rossi
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager