2012 February Recycling eNewsletter


Banana Peels & Scrap Metal

Did you know that Cambridge households can bring food scraps to the Recycling Center? Local farms mix food scraps with leaves and make compost, which is available to residents in small quantities Apr-Nov at the Center during open hours. Among other materials, the Center also takes scrap metal including wire clothing hangers, bed frames, nuts, bolts & screws, bicycles, window screens, empty paint cans (dried out, a little dry residue is OK), and more! We are at 147 Hampshire St. Open Hours: Tues/Thurs 4-7:30pm and Sat 9-4pm.


Promote Recycling at the Farmers Market

Cambridge Recycling needs volunteers at the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market on 3/3 (and maybe 3/31, 4/14, 4/21 and 4/28). We’ll have a education table, and want to recruit people to sign up for this enewsletter! The market is every Saturday from 10am-2pm at the Cambridge Community Center at 5 Calendar Street through 4/28. Volunteer is always interesting and fun – and you can buy local produce. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov if you can help for 2-4 hours, and thanks!

Recycle Empty Paper Coffee Cups

The average household in Cambridge could recycle up to 300 more pounds of material each year! Did you know we accept empty paper coffee cups and the plastic top? We also take empty pizza boxes, frozen food boxes, aseptic containers (juice / soup boxes), plastic takeout clamshells (usually clear or black, but no Styrofoam), aluminum foil and pie plates… review the Yes/No list of what to recycle in the curbside program. Food packaging doesn’t need to be squeaky clean, but please rinse to remove food residue. Take the pledge to recycle at least 50% of your trash and get a free sticker!

2012 Household Hazardous Waste Collections

2012 dates: April 21, July 21 and October 20 from 9am-1pm at the parking lot on Field Street at Fern Street by Danehy Park. Cambridge residents only. Click here for info on materials accepted, alternative options and items you can bring to the Recycling Center during open hours.

Spring Dates for Recycling Tours!

Cambridge residents and City employees are invited to tour the Casella recycling facility in Charlestown and the Waste Management incinerator in Saugus. No children under 14. Tour last about 2 hours. They involved a lot of walking on narrow catwalks and stairs, close to heavy equipment. If you can’t keep up with a group walking at a steady pace, unfortunately this tour is not for you. We meet at DPW and carpool. Let us know if can drive and how many people you can take. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov to sign up and we’ll send you more info.
Recycling Tours: April 10 (early afternoon), May 17 (early afternoon), June 6 (morning). 
Trash Tours: Stay tuned for dates – we’re awaiting confirmation for April, May & June. 

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