2011 September Recycling eNewsletter


Opt Out of Junk Mail, Phonebooks and More!

Save energy and trees! Stop receiving unwanted junk mail and phonebooks. Cambridge residents have already prevented over 18,000 pounds of CO2 emissions since August 1st. Join them and sign up for free at https://cambridge.catalogchoice.org.  

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Bulbs are not accepted with curbside recycling. Residents have several options to recycle compact fluorescent bulbs and long tubes, including at the Recycling Center and at local hardware stores. Clean up broken bulbs, then bring in a plastic bag. Do not tape long tubes together and bring in a cardboard box.

Prescription Meds

Residents have several safe disposal options for unwanted or unused prescription medicines, including at a permanent drop box at the Police Dept at 125 Sixth Street. Place medicine (no liquids) in a sealed plastic bag and drop-off 24/7 in the lobby, near the Records Unit.


Residents should collect used needles and syringes in a puncture-proof container (detergent bottles, coffee cans) and seal with tape. Bring to the ground floor kiosk at the Health Center at 119 Windsor Street. No loose needles, no medications and no other medical supplies. Residents may request sharps containers at the Health Center. 


Are You Hooked Into Freecycle and Craig’s List?

Freecycle has 5000+ members in Cambridge and a whopping 8 million worldwide. People give and get stuff for free. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills (or the incinerator). Membership is free, go to www.freecycle.org to sign up. Craig’s List features free online classifieds. The For Sale section focuses on appliances, baby gear, bikes, books, clothing, electronics, furniture, tools, toys, vehicles and more! 50+ million people in the US use the site. Go to boston.craigslist.org to sell items, give away stuff or save money by finding great second hand stuff! 

Figure Out Your Footprint

How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take the quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth. 

Spots Still Open on Fall Recycling & Trash Tours

Cambridge residents are invited. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov to request a spot for a specific date and we’ll send more info. Max of 25 people per tour. Sorry, but no one under 16 can attend. You must be able to walk at a steady pace, often on narrow metal catwalks and on stairs. We meet at DPW and carpool. The tours last all morning or afternoon. Let us know if you can drive and how many people you can take.

Recycling Tours

  • Wednesday, October 19: Meet at DPW, 1:30pm SHARP.
  • Tuesday, November 15: Meet at DPW, 8:30am SHARP
  • Take a virtual recycling tour here

Trash Tours

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Help at two trash sorts on 9/29 or 10/4. Three hour shifts (9am-12 noon or 12:30pm-3:30pm). Email recycle@cambridgema.gov for more info.

Help at events to encourage people to take the 50% recycling pledge and opt out of phonebooks and junk mail. You’ll have fun: educate people, get a free t-shirt and enjoy the music. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov to tell us when you can help out, and thanks! 

  • Danehy Park Day (9/24 rain date 9/25, 11am-4pm)
  • Alzheimer’s Memory Walk (9/25, 10am-3pm, Canal Park) 
  • City Sprouts Festival (10/1, Fletcher-Maynard School, 11am-3pm) 
  • Cambridgeport History Day (10/1 rain date 10/2, Dana Park, 9am-9pm) 
  • Oktoberfest & Honk Festival (10/2 rain date 10/16, noon-7pm)
  • 2nd Annual Rib Festival (10/9 rain date 10/10, Cambridge St 6th-Fulkerson, Noon-6pm)
  • 3rd Annual Walk for Literacy (10/29, 10am-2pm, Cambridge Common)
  • 3rd Annual Superhero Road Race (10/30, 11am-2pm, Pacific Park) 

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