April 2013 Recycling eNewsletter


Community Recycling Event 5/11

Need to get rid of some stuff? On Saturday May 11 from 10am-2pm, MBTA is hosting a Community Recycling Event at the Watertown Bus Yard (corner of Water and Galen Sts). Anyone can come and bring unwanted goods such as electronics, air conditioners, large plastic toys, lawn mowers, and textiles. All items will be recycled responsibly with zero to landfill. Except for TV’s (35 cents/lb) everything else is FREE!

Team GreenSense Opportunity

If you are between 14-18 years old and a Cambridge resident, apply to join Team GreenSense, part of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. We are looking for energetic, positive, curious team players to apply to join the GreenSense team for six weeks this summer, as well as a part-time employee to supervise the program.  Participants will learn about local green programs, work with the DPW on environmental service projects, and create a web-video to educate others about these topics.  To learn more or apply, visit www.cambridgema.gov/teamgreensense.

Home Composting & Rain Barrel Sale Thru 5/16

Compost yard waste and food scraps to reduce waste and curb climate change. Maintain the right ratio: 3 parts “browns” (i.e. leaves, shredded cardboard, crumpled paper bags) to 1 part “greens” (food scraps, grass). Always bury greens or cover up with browns. No meat, bones, fat, dairy or foods cooked with oil or butter. Rinse out eggshells. Pemberton Farms at 2225 Mass Ave sells the Soil Saver for $60. See more composting tips online! Also, 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.

Capture rainwater from your roof, store it in a rain barrel, and use later in your garden. You can reduce storm water runoff, conserve water and recharge groundwater. Buy a 60-gal rain barrel for $69, offer good through May 16. Barrels will be delivered Thursday, May 23, from 4-7 pm at DPW, 147 Hampshire St. Click here to order online or call (800) 251-2352.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection 6/8

2013 dates: 4/20, 7/13, 10/19 from 9am-1pm. Bring accepted items to the Danehy Park Parking Lot on Field St at Fern St. Cambridge residents only. Items accepted include auto fluids, batteries (non alkaline), car tires, glues, medications, mercury items, paint products, solvents, and propane tanks (20 lbs or less). Click here for more information.

Real & Virtual Recycling Tours!

Cambridge residents and City employees are invited to tour the Casella recycling facility in Charlestown on Wednesday, June 19 (afternoon). No children under 16. Tours last about 2 hours and involve walking on narrow catwalks and stairs, close to heavy equipment. Please note that you must be walk at a steady pace with a group. We meet at DPW and carpool, so please 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. *We also have two virtual recycling tours in the evening on Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, May 21 at Public Works, 147 Hampshire St.

Do Something Super with Unwanted Furniture

Find the type of furniture you have to donate to see which of our heroic partners below can give it a second life—and you might be able to get a tax deduction. Almost all offer free pickup of your clean (no stains, pet hair or bed bugs), good-condition (usable, rip-free) items. If you have a mattress, box spring, sleeper sofa, or futon... know that the Salvation Army, MA Coalition for the Homeless, and Aid to Incarcerated Mothers will rescue your clean items in good-condition. So make the call! Most partners only require 1-2 weeks’ notice for pick up. Short on time? Check out our partners’ websites for drop-off locations, hours, and to check that they will accept your donation.

Salvation Army Use their online pickup form or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

• MA Coalition for the Homeless Email albenny@mahomeless.org or call (781) 595-7570 X13.

• Aid to Incarcerated Mothers Call (617) 536-0058.

 Boomerangs Use their online form or call (617) 309-7220.

• MIT Student Furniture Exchange Email fx@mit.edu or call (717) 253-4293. Free pick up for substantial donations only.

 Epilepsy Foundation Use their online form or call (888) 322-8209.

By choosing to reuse, we save time, money, energy and resources. Reuse offers quality products to people and organizations with limited means, while generating jobs and helping the economy. The recovery and redistribution of unwanted, yet perfectly usable materials helps the environment. Reuse preserves a material’s resources, including the value of the materials, labor, technology, and embodied energy.

Volunteer & Help Spread the Word

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

• April 27 , East Cambridge Clean Up Day, Noon-2pm

• May 5, Mayfair/Urban Ag Fair, Noon-6pm, Harvard Square (rain date May 19)

• May 10-12, Santo Cristo Feast, Time varies, Cardinal Medeiros & Cambridge St

• May 18, Central Square Fair, 2-8pm (rain date June 9)

• June 1, Riverfest, Noon-6pm (rain date June 2)

• June 8, Fresh Pond Day, 10am-2pm


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