11 June


Take the 50% Recycling Pledge Today

The City of Cambridge invites you to pledge to recycle at least 50% of your trash. Visit the Recycling page to take the pledge and get a free “Recycle More Trash Less” sticker!

Cambridge residents are great recyclers, but we can do better. We recycle 35% of our trash, but did you know that 25% of what we still throw out could be recycled? The pledge is open to Cambridge residents, city departments, schools, businesses, houses of worship and community groups.

Recycling conserves energy and natural resources, curbs climate change and creates jobs. The City saves $50-$70 per ton when we recycle more. Make a commitment to recycle more and trash less. Please tell your family, friends and neighbors to join in taking the pledge today! A little effort makes a big difference.

Thanks to everyone that has already taken the pledge!

Bring Your Banana Peel to DPW

Did you know that Cambridge households can bring food scraps to the Recycling Center? We are located at 147 Hampshire St, and are open: Tues/Thurs 4-7:30pm and Sat 9-4pm. Local farms turn your food scraps into finished compost, which is available to residents in small quantities at the Recycling Center during open hours. <MORE>

Congrats to Go Green Award Winners

The City celebrated the 2011 GoGreen Award winners last month, which celebrates the achievements of Cambridge businesses and organizations that take exceptional environmental actions. 2011 winners include: Akamai Technologies, Shady Hill School, Homeowner’s Rehab, MIT, Museum of Science, Volpe Transportation Center, Charles River Transportation Management Association, Cambridge Common Restaurant, Hotel Marlowe, Bulfinch Companies and Cascap. Congratulations to the nominees and winners! <MORE>

Join Our Volunteer Corp

Like to talk to strangers? …About recycling and composting? Let us know if you can help out this summer at community events and meetings. We need your help to educate other residents about what to recycle and encourage them to take the 50% pledge. Email us at recycle@cambridgema.gov to sign up for our volunteer core and check our website for upcoming events.

Heard about the MIT Furniture Exchange?

Cambridge residents can make tax deductible donations of used furniture and household goods to the MIT Student Furniture Exchange (FX), at 350 Brookline Street, open Tues/Thurs 10 am-4 pm and the first Saturday of each month from 10 am-1 pm. Everything is sold at bargain prices to members of the MIT, Harvard, Suffolk, and Boston University communities, you must show a valid university ID to make a purchase. All proceeds benefit the MIT Women's League Scholarship Fund, an endowment that provides financial support to undergraduate women. For more info call 617.253.4293 or fx@mit.edu.  

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