2012 April Recycling eNewsletter


This Saturday… Hazardous Waste Collection 4/21

2012 dates: 4/21, 7/21, 10/20 from 9am-1pm. Bring accepted items to Parking Lot on Field St at Fern St by Danehy Park. Cambridge residents only. Click here for info on materials accepted, alternative options and items you can bring to the Recycling Center during open hours.

See What Happens to Your Recycling & Trash

Cambridge residents and City employees are invited to tour Casella Recycling in Charlestown and Waste Management’s incinerator in Saugus. No children under 16. The tour lasts about 2 hours and involves lots of walking on narrow catwalks and stairs, close to heavy equipment. If you can’t keep up with a group walking at a steady pace, unfortunately this is not for you. We meet at DPW and carpool. Let us know if you can drive and how many people you can take. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov to sign up and we’ll send more info.

Recycling Tours: 5/17 (early afternoon), 6/6 (morning).
Trash Tours: 5/22, 6/13 (all early afternoon)

Yea! More Recycling Bins in the City

Cambridge DPW is excited to announce more recycling bins in Central Square, along Cambridge Street and in more parks and fields including: Ahern, Cambridge Common, Clement Morgan, Cooper, Corporal Burns, Costa Lopez, Dana, Danehy, David Nunes, Donnelly, Fresh Pond Reservation, Gold Star Mothers, Hoyt, Larch Road, Lindstrom, Linear, Lowell School, Magazine Beach, Pacific Street, Rafferty, Raymond, Reverend Williams, Rindge, Riverside, Riverside Press, Russell, Sennott, Tobin, and Winthrop, and soon at the Library Park. Most bins are emptied by Metro Pedal Power, using their emissions-free pedal-trucks.

Back in the Day... Timeless Stories About Reducing, Reusing and Recycling 5/19

As part of Cambridge Open Studios, StoryStream and Cambridge Recycling will have a StoryTrade, a unique storytelling event to share stories about reducing waste, consuming less and choosing to reuse. Our ancestors were natural recyclers. For centuries everybody knew how to make-do, keep the wolf from the door, scrape by, and improvise. Folklore is full of imaginative responses, basic needs, waste and greed. And there are countless stories that show how to live in elegant simplicity. Come hear folktales and share your personal stories of creative, sustainable living. Saturday 5/19, 2-4pm, Porter Square Books, 25 White St.

Free Compost & Composting Tips

Composting yard waste and food scraps is a great way to reduce waste and curb climate change. Be sure to maintain the right ratio: 3 parts “browns” (i.e. leaves, shredded cardboard, crumpled paper bags) to 1 part “greens” (food scraps, grass). Always bury greens or cover up with browns. No meat, bones, fat, dairy or foods cooked with oil or butter. Rinse out eggshells. Pemberton Farms at 2225 Mass Ave sells the bin that DPW used to offer, for $60. See more composting tips online! Also, Cambridge residents can get free compost in small quantities at the Recycling Center during open hours: Tues/Thurs 4pm-7:30pm and Sat 9am–4pm. Bring your own containers.

Help Out - Be a Recycling Volunteer

We need your help to sign residents up to receive this newsletter. Please consider volunteering at a community event! It’s fun because you can enjoy the atmosphere, educate people and get a free t-shirt. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov if you can help at:

April 20 Cambridge Science Festival, Noon-4pm, Library Park
May 6 Mayfair/Urban Ag Fair, Noon-6pm, Harvard Square
May 12 Open Studios, 11am-12pm, 1007 Mass Ave
May 19 Fresh Pond Day, 10am-2pm, Fresh Pond
May 19 Open Studios, 11am-12pm, One Porter Square
May 18-20 Santo Cristo Feast, Time varies, Cardinal Medeiros & Cambridge St
June 2 Cambridge River Festival, Noon-6pm, Memorial Drive between JFK & Western Ave 

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