2012 March Recycling ENewsletter


Yard Waste Collection Starts 4/2

Separate yard waste collection begins April 2-6 and continues through December 10-14. Place yard waste in paper refuse bags or loose in barrels. No plastic bags. Click here for materials accepted. For stickers, use our online form or call 617-349-4800. From April-October, free compost is available to residents in small quantities at the Recycling Center during open hours: Tues/Thurs 4-7:30pm and Sat 9-4pm.

Spring Dates for Trash & Recycling Tours!

Cambridge residents and City employees are invited to tour Casella Recycling in Charlestown and Waste Management’s incinerator in Saugus. No children under 16. The tour lasts about 2 hours and involves lots 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 is not for you. We meet at DPW and carpool. Let us know if you can drive and how many people you can take. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov to sign up and we’ll send more info.

Recycling Tours: 4/10 (early afternoon), 5/17 (early afternoon), 6/6 (morning). 
Trash Tours: 4/18, 5/22, 6/13 (all early afternoon)

Household Hazardous Waste Collection 4/21

2012 dates: 4/21, 7/21, 10/20 from 9am-1pm. Bring accepted items to Parking Lot on Field St at Fern St 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.

City Seeks Go Green Award Nominations – Due 4/16

The Go Green Awards recognize exceptional environmental practices in energy use, transportation, waste reduction, storm water management, and climate protection. Nominations accepted for Cambridge businesses, institutions, large residential buildings, commercial properties, non-profits and community organizations. Self nominations are welcome. The deadline is 4/16/12. Click here for a form.

All businesses and institutions in MA can now get free technical assistance for recycling, composting, and waste reduction programs. Visit www.recyclingworksma.com or call (888) 254-5525 for common questions such as how to manage specific materials, how to find a service provider, and how to start a new program or improve an existing one. Services also include coordination of the MA WasteWise program, workshops and training opportunities, site visits and waste audits.

Volunteer & Help Spread the Word

We need your help to talk to people about recycling and composting, and sign residents up to receive this newsletter. Volunteer at a community event! It’s fun because you can enjoy the atmosphere, educate people and get a free t-shirt. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov if you can help at:

April 20 Cambridge Science Festival, Noon-4pm, Library Park
May 6 Mayfair/Urban Ag Fair, Noon-6pm, Harvard Square
May 12 Open Studios, 11am-12pm, 1007 Mass Ave
May 19 Open Studios, 11am-12pm, One Porter Square
May 18-20 Santo Cristo Feast, Time varies, Cardinal Medeiros & Cambridge St
May 19 Fresh Pond Day, 10am-2pm, Fresh Pond

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