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Recycling Advisory Committee Agenda


Department of Public Works
Main Conference Room
147 Hampshire St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Michael Orr


Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting Agenda
December 13, 2023, 8:00am – 9:30am
Minute Taker: Julia Tsang
Hybrid Meeting: 147 Hampshire St, and on Zoom.

To join remotely, visit here: https://cambridgema.zoom.us/j/86718664823?pwd=T1dwNHBKNk81U3IzUEQxRFlOVGFlZz09
Phone: (305) 224-1968; Meeting ID: 867 1866 4823. Passcode: 918278

1. Housekeeping, 8:00am (10 min)

  • Vote on November Minutes

2. City Updates (15 min)

  • Debrief of progress made in 2023. See next page
  • Mike to share highlights of RAC from 2023.

3. Discussion of Move-Out and Textiles waste (50 min)

  • What can reasonably be done during Move-out?
  • Which move-out period (mid-May, June 1, Sept 1)
  • What to do with durable goods
  • Categories of items:
    • Furniture (lamps, couches, chairs, tables, dressers)
    • Kitchenware (utensils, bowls, cups, plates, etc)
    • Textiles (towels, clothes, shoes)
    • Electronics/Appliances
    • Packaged food
    • Anything else?

4. Closing, 9:15am (15 min)

  • Public Comment
  • Action Plan/Decisions
  • Announcements

Committee members are appointed by the City Manager. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public may speak during the public comment section for up to two minutes. If you wish to speak, please contact Mike Orr at 617 349-4815 or morr@cambridgema.gov by 1pm the day before the meeting. You may also email or mail written comments for inclusion in public comments in lieu of speaking during the meeting. The Committee Chair must grant permission to non-members who request to speak at the meeting.
Meeting Minutes are located online here: CambridgeMA.Gov/Services/Recycling

Upcoming Meetings in 2023
All meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

  • January 10, 2024
  • February 14, 2024
  • March 13, 2024
  • April 10, 2024
  • May 8, 2024
  • June 12, 2024

2023 Waste Reduction Efforts

We’re projecting we will be near 14.8 lbs/HH/wk for 2023. This is a relatively strong reduction compared to 2022 tonnages, considering we didn’t add more diversion programs; we simply emphasized more and better participation in current programs. Furthermore, we launched the Reduce & Reuse webpage, with the RACs help.


Notable changes to waste tonnages (January-October)

  Textiles   Food Waste  Recycling  Trash
 2022  131  1,522 6,974  11,009
 2023  212  1,763



Page was posted on 11/29/2023 10:39 AM
Page was last modified on 12/19/2023 5:11 PM
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