September 2010 Recycling E-Newsletter


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Free Recycling Toters for Residences

Beginning October 25, Cambridge recycling is going single stream! This means that residents can mix clean bottles, cans, paper and cardboard in one recycling bin. The new recycling trucks will accept cardboard of all sizes and more materials will be accepted. Flatten or nest boxes when possible.

1-5 unit residences will get free recycling toters on wheels between October 12-22. Toters are easy to move to the curb and help you recycle more and trash less. Single family homes will get 1 small toter, 2 family homes will receive 2 small toters and 3-5 unit residences will receive 2 large. The small toter is 65 gallons and measures 44”H x 25”W x 28”D. The large toter is 95 gallons and measures 45”H x 26”W x 35”D.

To change your order, please contact DPW at 617.349.4815 or by October 1st.


Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 25

The Cambridge Police Dept. in collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a prescription drug take back day on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility, 125 Sixth St., Cambridge. Police personnel will be available to accept your unused or unwanted prescription drugs. Why Turn In Unused Prescriptions? Children and animals can be harmed if they find and swallow drugs. Unused pharmaceuticals are environmental toxins; flushing them down the toilet can release them into our drinking water and soil. Drugs can be scavenged and sold illegally. For more information, visit


The City is excited about the new single stream recycling program. Come to an info session for volunteers September 27 from 6pm-8pm. Stop by to learn more, ask questions and pick up posters!
Please reply to today if you can help out:

  • Get the word out. Help ensure posters are up in your neighborhood at multi-family buildings, community centers, supermarkets, laundromats, etc.; talk to other residents at farmers markets, services at your house of worship, block parties, cultural events or other neighborhood gatherings.
  • Volunteer at an upcoming event: Danehy Park Day (9/25), Oktoberfest (10/10)
  • Help at two upcoming waste audits scheduled for 9/30 and 10/5. Volunteers are needed for three hour shifts from 9am-12 noon or 1pm-4pm. Email for more info.

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