January 2013 Recycling eNewsletter


Pilot Compost Program at the Winter Farmers Market

DPW is pleased to announce a new pilot program for Cambridge residents to drop-off food scraps for composting. From January-April 30, 2013, Cambridge residents can drop-off food scraps at the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. The market is held in the gym of the Cambridge Community Center at 5 Callender St, in the Riverside neighborhood. The toters for compost will be kept on the Howard St side of the building. Residents can place food scraps in these green toters at any time. Just open the combination lock (code 480 posted on the toter), make your deposit, then replace the lock. The lock discourages disposal of other items in the compost toters.

Place food scraps in compostable bags (such as BioBags sold at Whole Foods) or in paper bags. No plastic bags. Yes: all vegetable & fruit scraps; coffee grounds, filters & tea bags; eggshells & nutshells; grains & baked goods; meat, fish, bones, cheese (please wrap in newspaper or paper bags); food-soiled napkins & paper towels (no tissues); food-soiled, biodegradable paper products (only US Composting Council certified, no plastic coated. Click here for approved products.) No soup, liquids or grease; no Chinese takeout containers; no plastic, Styrofoam, metal, glass or other non-biodegradable items; and no yard waste.

As always, Cambridge residents can drop-off food scraps at the Recycling Center during open hours (147 Hampshire St, Tues/Thurs 4pm-7:30pm and Sat 9am-4pm) and at Whole Foods (115 Prospect St, Everyday 7:30am-10:30pm). <MORE

Curbside Collection Schedule 2013

Recycling, trash, and yard waste is weekly on the same day. Yard waste collection begins again April 1 through December 10-14. Set out by 7am on collection day or after 6pm the night before. No trash in plastic bags the night before. During winter, do not place barrels or toters behind snow banks, please clear snow to curb. The sidewalk should be completely clear for pedestrians, including wheelchairs and strollers. For more on how to clear sidewalks, click here. During weeks with a holiday, collection is one day behind (if your pickup day is usually Wednesday, during a holiday week, your pickup day will be Thursday, etc.). 2013 holidays include: Martin Luther King Day (Mon 1/21), President’s Day (Mon 2/18), Patriot’s Day (Mon 4/15), Memorial Day (Mon 5/27), Independence Day (Thurs 7/4), Labor Day (Mon 9/2), Columbus Day (Mon 10/14), Veteran's Day (Mon 11/11), Thanksgiving (Thurs 11/28) and Christmas (Wed 12/25).

Recycle Phonebooks

It’s the new year and phonebooks are coming… please make sure to recycle extra phonebooks in the curbside program. Remove plastic bags or plastic wrap. If you haven’t already done so, register for FREE at www.catalogchoice.org to create an account and choose to opt out of mail from over 4000 companies. For example, you can stop getting weekly circulars from Global Direct, they will honor opt-out requests, so add them to “your choices”. To date, over 3700 Cambridge residents have signed up and opted out of nearly 25,000 different unwanted mailings!

Christmas Tree Recycling

If you missed curbside collection of bare trees, not to worry. You can still bring your bare tree to the Recycling Center at 147 Hampshire Street during open hours: Tues/Thurs 4-7:30pm, Sat 9am-4pm through Saturday January 26, 2013. Remove stand and all decorations. No plastic bags. Every year, residents recycle thousands of trees which are used as mulch or composted.

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