Make your next party "Zero Waste"
You can reduce or even eliminate waste at your next party or event. The key is careful planning and education.
- Try to 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.
- Otherwise, use compostable tableware certified by the US Composting Council. Please note that local compost facilities currently do not want “compostable” cutlery, they find it does not actually compost.
- Make sure there is no plastic, metal or glass in your compost. Collect material in compostable bags, paper bags, or cardboard boxes.
- Residents can drop off food scraps at the Recycling Center at 147 Hampshire St during open hours only (Tues/Thurs 4pm-7:30pm and Sat 9am-4pm). If you have a large quantity, please give us 1-2 days advance notice at
Learn more about recycling, composting and other ways to reduce waste on the Recycling and Trash website.
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Dept of Public Works
147 Hampshire St
Hours of Service
Friday: 8:30am-12 noon
24 Hour emergency 617.349.4860
RECYCLING CENTER HOURS
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