August 2013 Recycling E-Newsletter


Real & Virtual Recycling Tours!
Cambridge residents and City employees are invited to tour the Casella recycling facility in Charlestown on Wednesday, October 2 (afternoon) and Thursday, November 14 (morning). No children under 16. Tours last about 2 hours and involve walking on narrow catwalks and stairs, close to heavy equipment. You must be walk at a steady pace with a group. We meet at DPW and carpool, so please let us know if can drive and how many people you can take. Email to sign up and we’ll send you more info. We also have a virtual recycling tours in the evening on Monday, September 16 at 6:15pm at Public Works, 147 Hampshire St.


Free Public Shredding Event 9/28
Saturday September 28 from 1pm-5pm at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass Ave, rain or shine. Members of the public can bring personal and confidential paper documents, which will be destroyed on the spot in a highly advanced shredding truck and sent for recycling. Documents accepted include credit card statements, bank statements, medical documents, and insurance records. We only recommend bringing papers with your social security number or account numbers. Papers with just your name and address can and should be recycled in the curbside recycling program. 10 minute drop-off parking will be available on Mass Ave (between Inman & Bigelow Street), Inman Street (Between Mass. Ave & Bishop Allen Drive) and Bigelow Street (Between Mass. Ave and Dorothy Dottie Doyle Way). For more info contact the Cambridge Consumers’ Council at 617.349.6150 or

Reuse 3-Ring Binders and Recycle Plastic Bags
Binders: The Recycling Center has lots of 3-ring binders in good condition available for free to Cambridge residents and teachers for reuse, we also accept them if you have extras to give away. Save money and reuse! The Center is located in the back right corner of the Public Works yard at 147 Hampshire St, near Inman Sq. Open Hours: Tues/Thurs 4-7:30pm and Sat 9am-4pm.  

Plastic Bags: The Recycling Center accepts plastic bags / plastic film for recycling. Residents can also bring bags for recycling to these stores: Shaws, Star Market, Whole Foods, and Target. Bags/film must be clean and dry. Remove receipts or any other items. Yes: plastic retail bags (hard plastic and string handles removed), plastic food storage bags (e.g. Ziploc® Bags), plastic cereal box liners (if it tears like paper do not include), plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, and air pillows (deflate/remove labels if possible), case wrap (e.g., snacks, water bottles), all clean, dry bags labeled #2 or #4, furniture wrap, electronic wrap, Tyvek® (peal or cut off labels). No: frozen food bags, no prewashed salad mix bags, and no degradable/compostable bags. Click here to see details on recycling plastic bags and film

Choose to Reuse: Go to a Harvard Stuff Sale

9am – 5pm on: August 29-31, and September 1-2, 7-8. All sales will be held at Littauer Circle, behind the Science Center in Cambridge. By choosing to reuse, we save time, money, energy and resources. Reuse offers quality products to people and organizations with limited means, while generating jobs and helping the economy. The recovery and redistribution of unwanted, yet perfectly usable materials helps the environment. Reuse preserves a material’s resources, including the value of the materials, labor, technology, and embodied energy. So…. don’t miss the remaining Harvard Stuff Sales! You can get books, mini-fridges, microwaves, lamps, office supplies, dorm furnishings (waste baskets, mirrors, irons, ironing boards, clothes hangers), futons, couches, chairs, coffee tables and more! All funds raised support Harvard Habitat for Humanity’s mission to fund trips to build housing for the needy.

 You can also find great second-hand stuff to furnish your home at Goodwill, Boomerangs, Cambridge Antique Market, MIT Furniture Exchange (need MIT, Harvard, Suffolk or BU ID). See our Google Map for locations.

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