2011 December Recycling eNewsletter


Curbside Collection Schedule

Regular trash and recycling collection schedule this week. Next week, collection will be delayed one day, no collection on Mon, Jan 2 for the New Year’s Day holiday. Also, no collection on Mon, Jan 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, collection will be delayed by one day that week.

Recycle Christmas Trees Jan 3-13

Curbside collection of bare trees will begin Tues. Jan 3 through Fri. Jan 13, weather permitting. Or, bring to the Recycling Center Tu/Th 4-7:30pm, Sat 9am-4pm through Sat. Jan 21. Remove ALL decorations and stands. Do not put tree in a plastic bag. Every year, residents recycle thousands of trees, which the City chips and uses for mulch.

String Lights & Small Electronics

Did you know that string lights and small appliances & electronics (no TVs/computer monitors) are accepted at the Recycling Center? Open hours are Tu/Th 4-7:30pm and Sat 9am-4pm, 147 Hampshire St, in the back right corner of the DPW yard. Also, check out Best Buy’s e-cycle program, some items accepted for free, some cost $10 in exchange for a gift card.

Tell 5 People About This eNewsletter!

We hope to get at least 500 more Cambridge residents to sign up for our eNewsletter by June 1st, and we need your help. Please tell friends, neighbors, and family in Cambridge to stay in the loop and be the first to know about program updates, special collections, and volunteer opportunities. To subscribe, just email recycle@cambridgema.gov. Thanks for your support and participation!

Foil? Packaging Material? Clear Clamshell Containers? Blister Packs? Plastic Utensils?

Recycle (or reuse) clean aluminum trays, pie plates, and foil. Just take a minute to rinse off food residue.

Packaging Material
Bring clean packing peanuts to a UPS Store or the Recycling Center. Make sure cardboard boxes don’t have peanuts, plastic packaging or other trash inside. Place Styrofoam block packaging with trash or mail back to the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers. Styrofoam is not accepted for curbside or drop-off recycling because it will get shredded by the sorting equipment at Casella and end up littering the facility. Try to avoid Styrofoam – use these letters to give feedback to manufacturers and restaurants.

Clear Plastic Clamshell Containers
E.g. clear salad bar containers can be recycled after a quick rinse. Also, recycle blister packs, this is the clear pre-formed plastic used to contain items snugly, such as toys, hardware, electronics or other.

Plastic Utensils
Trash, not recycling. Plastic knives, forks and spoons are too small and will fall off the conveyor belt at the recycling facility. This generally holds true for any plastic smaller than a yogurt cup. BUT caps and lids on bottles and jars are OK, just make sure the container is empty and leave the cap on so it will stay on during sorting. 

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