2014 February Recycling eNewsletter


We Heart You – And Reducing Waste!
Love is in the air and we love how fantastic you are.  We’re getting closer to the City’s goal is to reduce trash 30% from 2008 levels by 2020, or 16 lbs of trash per household per week. In 2013, Cambridge households generated 1.3% less trash than 2012, or 18.3 pounds of trash per week per household (15,724 tons of trash). Long term, our goal is to hit 5 lbs/week by 2050. Gotta love the good ‘ol “3 Rs”: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and in that order. But let’s add 3 more and make it the “6 Rs”: Repair, Rot (Compost), and Rethink. Visit our Get Rid of It Right page with info on donating and recycling just about anything. Together, we can protect the climate, save the City money, feel good and conserve resources for our kids. Please share the love! Tell your neighbors, friends and family in Cambridge about this eNewsletter, thank those who make recycling happen at your building: your maintenance manager, property manager, custodian, or neighbor, or you!

Kids Recycling Tour During February Vacation, 2/20
Kids - see where your recycling goes! Children, accompanied by a parent, are invited to visit Casella Recycling in Charlestown for a morning tour. We’ll be in the Education Room for a "virtual tour" to see how your recycling gets separated and prepared for markets. We’ll meet at DPW, 147 Hampshire St, at 8:30 SHARP and carpool. The tour will last about 2 hours. The presentation will be best for first graders and up. Please, no infants and no strollers. Participants will need to walk a flight of stairs to get to the education room. To RSVP please email recycle@cambridgema.gov, and tell us how many are in your group, their ages, if you can drive, and how many passengers you can take.

North Cambridge: New Drop-off for Food Scraps
Beginning February 20 through May 2 2014, DPW is excited to announce a new food scraps drop-off for Cambridge residents at St. Peters Field parking lot off of Sherman St. (green arrow on map). This is a pilot program in partnership with the Human Services Dept – please thank them! Just know the combo lock (code 4800) to open the toters. Thanks for always replacing the lock afterward and helping to keep the area clean and the food scraps toters free from trash. For more info on other food scraps drop-off locations including the Recycling Center, Cambridge Community Center, and Whole Foods on Prospect St,

Donate & Recycle Stuff!
Clothing, Textiles & Household Goods
Visit our Donate Your Stuff map of donation spots. Good stuff is reused, damaged stuff is recycled. You can donate clothes that are torn, stained, broken or missing something, to Goodwill, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Got Books/Clothes, and Planet Aid. They take clothing, shoes, belts, purses, hats, linens, stuffed animals, and fabric scraps. Just no dirty rags, nothing wet, nothing soiled, no carpets, no rugs, and no mildewed items.

Local retailers take back electronics like Best Buy, Staples, RadioShack, and Apple! See our Take It Back map that shows businesses that take back products and packaging for recycling, composting, or reuse. Check the City’s recycling website too. Or, visit IfixIt.com for free step-by-step repair guides with photos for phones, computers, music players, cameras, appliances and cars.

Plan ahead and call a local organization to arrange a free pickup of your good-condition furniture. Your donation benefits people in need! Or, post on Craig’s List or Freecycle.

Bring to a local retailer like Rodney’s Bookstore, Raven Books, (blue bins on map) or the Recycling Center.

Check Out Our Google Maps: Take it Back & Donate Your Stuff
To make it reducing waste even easier, we’ve put together two google maps that you are sure to find useful:

Take it Back Map
Go to tinyurl.com./TakeBackEPR  to find 30+ retailers that take back products & packaging for recycling, composting and reuse!
YELLOW pins: food, food products, or packaging; BLUE: household items, books, or eyeglasses, PURPLE: clothes or shoes, PINK:
electronics, fluorescent bulbs, or household batteries; RED: bikes and car parts

Donate Your Stuff 
tinyurl.com/DonateMap includes 20+ clothing drop boxes, 12+ consignment/thrift stores, 10+ second-hand furniture/household good stores.
BLUE pins: Clothing Donation Drop Boxes; RED: Thrift/Consignment Shops; GREEN: Second-Hand Stores with Household Goods/Furniture; YELLOW: Accept Good Condition Furniture Dropped Off

Feel free to print and post the attached flyer to raise awareness about these great resources. Or, ask your favorite local business to post on their bulletin board, and thanks!

Batteries, Bulbs & Other Haz Waste, Oh My!

Bring rechargeable batteries to Staples, Verizon Wireless, RadioShack, and the Recycling Center (no alkaline batteries). Visit our Take It Back map that shows locations.

Fluorescent Bulbs
Not accepted with curbside recycling. There are several options to recycle CFLs 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.

Check out several safe disposal options, 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. They accept, prescription & over-the-counter medications, medication samples, vitamins, veterinary medications, and narcotics.

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 St. No loose needles, no medications and no other medical supplies. Residents may request sharps containers at the Health Center.

Chemicals, Car Tires, Paints, Auto Fluids
Check product label to determine if it is household hazardous waste. Products that say Danger or Poison are highly toxic, corrosive or extremely flammable. Products that say Warning or Caution are moderately or slightly toxic. The City’s next Household Hazardous Waste collection is May 3 from 9am-1pm, at Parking Lot on Field Street at Fern Street by Danehy Park. Cambridge residents only. You must bring proof of residency. Property Managers: if you plan to bring more than 25 pounds or 25 gallons from a Cambridge residential building or if you have no proof of residency, please email recycle@cambridgema.gov at least 2 weeks before the scheduled collection.


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