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July 2014 Recycling E-Newsletter

7/24/2014

Household Hazardous Waste Day 8/23
The next HHW collection is Saturday August 23 from 9am-1pm at the Parking Lot on Field St at Fern St by Danehy Park. Cambridge residents only, bring proof of residency. We accept auto fluids, batteries (non alkaline), car tires, glues, medications, mercury items, paint products, solvents, and propane tanks (20 lbs or less). If the product label includes the words POISON, DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION, bring to HHW day. Click here for more info including alternative options and what you can bring to the Recycling Center during open hours. Last HHW Day for 2014 is October 4. Property Managers: if you’re bringing more than 25 pounds or 25 gallons from a Cambridge residential building or if you have no proof of residency, please email recycle@cambridgema.gov in advance.

Can You Fix Stuff? Volunteer at Cambridge Repair Café
We’re looking for people who can fix electrical appliances, musical instruments, jewelry, furniture, bikes and other household items. Please click here if you have repair skills and can volunteer your time and share your skills for 4 hours on Saturday 9/27 from 10am-2pm, and thank you!

The Cambridge Repair Café is Saturday September 27th from 10am-2pm at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St. Free and open to the public. What to do with a chair when a leg is loose? With a toaster that no longer works? Or a sweater with moth holes? Toss it? No way! You can repair it at Repair Café! Repair things together, receive expert advice, meet each other, be inspired and save money. This is a joint project of the Cambridge Public Works Department, Cambridge Recycling Advisory Committee, Cambridge Public Schools Office of Sustainability, Green Cambridge, Community Development Department, Cambridge Community Center, and more! More Info: Facebook.com/CambridgeRepairCafe.

Free Workshop - Reduce Food Waste & Compost 8/25
Monday, August 25, 6pm, Water Department, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, meet at front entrance. Learn your options to compost food scraps, and ways to reduce food waste. We’ll review best practices for outdoor composting, indoor composting with worms, and options for drop-off and bicycle pickup. Recycling food scraps and making soil is extremely rewarding, benefits your garden and house plants and helps to curb climate change! Reducing food waste is also 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. For more info on composting, click here. To RSVP please email recycle@cambridgema.gov.


Do Something Super with Unwanted Furniture 8/27-9/3
Moving September 1st and can’t take it all? Plan ahead and arrange a free pick up from inside your home with the Coalition for the Homeless on 8/27, 8/28, 8/29, 9/2 or 9/3. Items must be clean and usable. Someone’s gonna love your stuff. Email pictures of your good-condition furniture to donations@mahomeless.org and include your address, phone number and put “Cambridge Pickup” in the subject line. They take kitchen tables & chairs, couches & sofa chairs, ottomans, hutches, end tables, coffee tables, bed frames, dressers, bookshelves, cabinets, rugs, lamps, dishes, pots & pans, and blankets & linens. Your donation helps low-income and formerly homeless families furnish their apartments at no cost to them. **Also, we’re thrilled to announce that beginning this September, the Coalition will schedule pickups in Cambridge for the last Friday and the first Monday of every month, except holidays. For more info and other options, visit CambridgeMA.Gov/Furniture.

Old Appliance Tips and Free Power Strips!
Residents can schedule and pay for the pickup of large items / appliances online. This includes air conditioners, dehumidifiers, dryers, exercise equipment, freezers, lawnmowers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, water coolers & heaters, and more! For electronics, know that you can save the City money and take back TVs and computers to retailers including Best Buy, Staples, Apple and Radio Shack.
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. If you’re going on vacation unplug appliances that use standby power and turn off your air conditioner off. Also, check out these great energy savings tips for spring and summer.

22-CityView Inside Features Cambridge Recycling
In case you missed it, 22-Cityview Inside recently interviewed Cambridge Recycling Director Randi Mail. Check it out at http://youtu.be/w1XQg-55GdE . Ms. Mail talks about the curbside compost pilot program, drop off sites for food scraps, tips to reduce food waste, donating furniture to the Coalition for the Homeless, the upcoming Repair Café on 9/27 and more!

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