October 2011 Recycling eNewsletter


Bag the Book by Nov 1st and Opt Out Next Year’s Phonebooks

Beginning December 7th, we’ll start seeing phone books delivered to our doorsteps. While studies show that 70% of adults rarely or never use a phone book, you will get one if not multiple directories unless you opt out online. While there’s no official cut-off date for requests to be honored, please try to do so by November 1st. Sign up and opt out of phonebooks and junk mail from 4000+ companies for free at www.catalogchoice.org.

Get Free Compost at the Recycling Center 

Cambridge residents can get free compost in small quantities at the Recycling Center during open hours: Tues/Thurs 4pm-7:30pm and Sat 9am–4pm. Bring your own containers. While supplies last until November 12. 

Save That Banana Peel: 11/21 Compost Workshop

Monday 11/21, 6:30pm, Cambridge DPW, 147 Hampshire Street.
Learn how to compost! Cambridge residents can 1) compost outdoors in a backyard bin, 2) indoors with worms, 3) use the City’s drop-off food scraps program, or 4) even hire a bicycle company for pickup (metropedalpower.com/soilcycle or bootstrapcompost.com). Composting is easy, cheap, and protects the climate. You can reduce your trash up to 50% and save the City money. Remember, home composting is vegetarian, never add meat, bones, fat, dairy, or any food cooked with oil or butter.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Want to help increase recycling at multi-family buildings? Or, you can encourage people at upcoming events to take the 50% recycling pledge and opt out of phonebooks and junk mail. It’s fun and you’ll get a free t-shirt and enjoy the music. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov to tell us when you can help out, and thanks! 

10/29, 3rd Annual Walk for Literacy (10am-2pm, Cambridge Common)
10/30, 3rd Annual Superhero Road Race (11am-2pm, Pacific Park)
11/5, Family Fun Day (10am-2pm, City Hall)

Tons Recycled Increased 15% in 2011…

Congratulations and thank you! Since single stream started last October, tons recycled increased 15%, and tons disposed decreased 5%. Since January, we’ve recycled over 7000 tons, over 900 more tons than the same time in 2010! Keep up the great work!

In 2 recent trash sorts, we discovered that 13% of residential trash was recyclables, compared to 25% last year. Definitely an improvement, but households could recycle at least 300 more pounds per year. Aside from typical items like soda bottles, milk jugs, paper egg cartons, magazines, yogurt containers, cardboard and newspapers… please remember (and remind others) to recycle empty frozen food boxes, aseptic containers (juice / soup boxes), paper cups and the plastic top, plastic takeout clamshells, aluminum foil and junk mail (or opt out for free at www.catalogchoice.org). Food packaging doesn’t need to be squeaky clean, but please rinse them out so there is no food residue.

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