2014 March Recycling eNewsletter

3/10/2014

Spring Dates for Recycling Tours!
Cambridge residents and City employees are invited to tour the Casella recycling facility in Charlestown on Wednesday, April 23 (morning) or Thursday, June 5 (afternoon). No children under 16. Tours last ~2 hours. You must be walk at a steady pace with a group, on narrow catwalks and stairs, close to heavy equipment. We meet at DPW and carpool. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov to sign up and we’ll send you more info. Let us know if can drive and how many people you can take. *We will also offer a virtual recycling tour on Monday, May 19 at 6:15pm at DPW, 147 Hampshire St.

Get Green on St. Patty’s: Compost Workshop 3/17
Free Workshop: Monday, March 17, 6:15pm, Public Works, 147 Hampshire St, 1st floor conference room. Learn your options to compost food scraps, and ways to reduce food waste. Cambridge's Recycling Director, Ms. Randi Mail will 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 for this workshop email recycle@cambridgema.gov.

Yard Waste Collection Starts 3/31
Weekly yard waste collection of leaves, grass, plants and small branches (same pickup day as recycling/trash) begins the week of March 31-April 4 and goes until through December 8-12. Place yard waste in paper refuse bags or loose in barrels, no plastic bags. Request stickers online or call 617-349-4800. From April-October, free compost is available to residents in small quantities at the Recycling Center during open hours: Tues/Thurs 4-7:30pm and Sat 9-4pm. Note that clean plastic plant pots are accepted with curbside recycling. Pemberton Farms sells the SoilSaver backyard compost bin for $60 at 2225 Mass Ave. Make sure your backyard compost bin is at least 50% “browns” (dry leaves, torn up cardboard, crumpled paper) and no more than 50% “greens” (food scraps, grass). Always bury greens or cover up with browns. Keep your backyard compost bin vegetarian (no meat, no dairy, no oils). If you cannot compost at home, find out where you can drop-off food scraps!

Donate & Recycle Stuff!
Clothing, Textiles & Household Goods
Visit our Donate Your Stuff map of donation spots. Good stuff is reused, damaged stuff is recycled.

Electronics
Local retailers take back electronics like Best Buy, Staples, RadioShack, and Apple! See our Take It Back map that shows businesses that take back products and packaging for recycling, composting, or reuse. Check the City’s recycling website too.

Furniture
Plan ahead and call a local organization to arrange a free pickup of your good-condition furniture. Your donation benefits people in need! Or, post on Craig’s List or Freecycle.

Books
Bring to a local retailer like Rodney’s Bookstore, Raven Books, Lorem Ipsum, a Got Books donation box, or the Recycling Center.

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139

Phone:617.349.4800
TDD:617.499.9924

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-12 noon
24 Hour emergency 617.349.4860

RECYCLING CENTER HOURS

Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Owen O'Riordan
Commissioner