11 May


Bike Pickup of Food Scraps Now Available

Residents can now sign up for bike pickup service of kitchen food scraps through two local companies that will compost for you! Metro Pedal Power, based in Somerville offers their SoilCycle service and Bootstrap Compost, based in Jamaica Plain. Subscribers pay a small fee, get a 5-gallon bucket, regular pickup service and finished compost. Contact either company for more information.

Sign up for a Recycling Tour

Cambridge residents and City employees are invited to tour the Casella recycling facility in Charlestown. No children under 14. The tour lasts about 2 hours. We meet at DPW and carpool there. Let us know if can drive and how many people you can take. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov to sign up for Thurs May 19 (6 open spots) or Tues June 14 (12 open spots). Or watch a 6 minute video of the recycling facility at Casella Recycling.

One recycling tour per month is generally organized in April, May, June, September, October and November.

5/25: Rodent Control Presentation and Discussion

5:30 pm- 8:30 pm Cambridge Public Library. As part of the City’s efforts to provide education and continue to develop a strong rodent control program, the City Manager invites you to attend a program with Dr. Robert Corrigan, an authority on rodent control and founder of the NYC Rodent Control Academy. <MORE>

6/6: Volunteer Info Session

We can always use your help. If you want to volunteer at a community event, in your neighborhood, our office, or the Recycling Center email us at recycle@cambridgema.gov or come to an info session on Monday June 6 at 6:30 at DPW, 147 Hampshire St.

Upcoming events:

  • June: Riverfest (6/4), GLBT Block Party (6/10), Hoops N ’Health (6/18 rain date 6/25), Make Music Harvard Square (6/19) and City Dance Party (6/24, 7-11pm).
  • August: GLBT Block Party (8/13)
  • September: Area IV Back to School Fair (9/10 rain date 9/17), Danehy Park Day (9/24 rain date 9/25), Area IV Community Pride Day (TBD), Urban Ag Fair & RiverSing (9/18)
  • October: Oktoberfest & Honk Festival (10/2 rain date 10/16)

Donate Your Stuff!

Local charities and reuse organizations accept donations year-round. You CAN reduce waste and choose to give your stuff a second chance. Encourage others to donate! Always check on exactly what is accepted, such as clothing, electronics, furniture, household goods, kitchenware, and building materials. Donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, MIT Furniture Exchange, MA Coalition for the Homeless, Solutions at Work, Big Brother Big Sister, American Red Cross, Boston Building Resources, and Boston ReStore.

Visit our Get Rid of It Right webpage for a one page list of organizations, accepted items and open hours.

RecycleCraze Winners

The winners of the 2011 RecycleCraze recycling competition between the Cambridge Public Schools are:
1st: Baldwin School (38.8 lbs./student)
2nd: Fletcher-Maynard Academy (33.4 lbs./student)
3rd: Kennedy-Longfellow (29.9 lbs./student)

Cambridge Public Works congratulates these three schools for their impressive efforts and performance during this 14-week contest. Together, the Cambridge Schools recycled over 117,477 pounds, saving 899 trees, nearly 59 tons of CO2 emissions, 7.8 truckloads of trash, 411,000 gallons of water and 117 barrels of oil. School recycling efforts helped contribute to the 11% citywide increase in tons recycled since single stream recycling started in November!

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