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Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting Agenda


147 Hampshire St, Cambridge MA, 02139

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Michael Orr


Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting Agenda
September 13, 2023, 8:00am – 9:30am

Minute Taker:

The September 13 RAC meeting is hybrid. The in-person component is at 147 Hampshire St, Cambridge.
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 June Minutes

2. City Updates (25 min)

  • Reduce/Reuse webpage is active on City webpage. RAC Google Map is live!
  • Zero Waste Master Plan—RFP deadline of 9/7. City reviewing bidders. Expected start date for ZWMP is Nov. 1.

Oct. 25: City Council hearing to discuss Zero Waste Master Plan improvements since 2017, and what may the next consultation look like after a consultant is selected.

  • Upcoming Fall festivals; please let me know if you can attend:

 Date Official Event Time   Event  Location

 Volunteer Arrival

Sat. September 23  11 a.m. - 3:00 pm  Danehy Park Day  Danehy Park  10:45 am
Sat. September 30  11 - 2pm   Fixit Clinic  Cambridge Foundry, 101 Rogers St  10:30 am
 Sunday, October 1  Noon - 4pm  Science Carnival / Robot Zoo  Kendall/MIT Open Space  Noon
Sunday, October 8  11 am - 5pm  October Fest  Harvard Square   11 Am
Thursday, October 26  6 - 8 pm  Steam It UP  TBD  5:45 pm

Saturday, November 4

 10:30 am - 2:30 pm  Family Fun/Literacy Day (DHSP)  TBD - Probably City Hall  10:30 am
  • Pumpkin toss? 11/4
  • Election day—11/7.
  • Cambridge textiles featured on WCVB’s The Chronicle

3. Discussion of what RAC goals (40 min)

  •  How was everyone’s summers? Any thoughts on waste, recycling, compost in the City over the summer?
  • Review of goals for 2023:
  • BYOB tallying results
  • 2016 (pre-Ordinance): Apprx 65% of bags used while grocery shopping were single-use bags.
  • 2017 (post-ordinance): Apprx 34% of bags used were single-use bags.
  • 2023: Apprx 40% of bags used were single-use bags.
  • Compost outreach in Fall 2023. More than 4,500 kitchen bins have been distributed in 2023 thus far. Thanks for everyone’s help! Brainstorm events and ways to get more out to community.
  • Compost sub-committee met over summer: questions for a dozen cities were drafted. The City working on researching what the City should be doing next regarding compost program.
  • Focus on textiles/move-out during Winter.

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.

  • October 11
  • November 8
  • December 13





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