October 2015 Recycling eNewsletter


Hello Neighbors!
Thanks for being part of our Cambridge community reducing waste, recycling and composting - we truly appreciate your continued efforts. LOVE this e-newsletter? SHARE it with your Cambridge family, friends and neighbors, and encourage them to subscribe!
In this issue:
Curbside Composting! 9/29 Meeting & Volunteers Needed Pumpkins, Leaves & Free Compost Til 10/31 Cambridge Kids are Green :)


Curbside Composting! Tues 9/29 Mtg & Volunteers Needed!  

  • North Cambridge Community Meeting and Q&A (TOMORROW)
    Tuesday, September 29, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Peabody School Auditorium, 70 Rindge Ave
    Conversation with residents in the Monday collection route. Come anytime! Cambridge Public Works will host a Q&A session for North Cambridge residents about the expansion of curbside pickup of food scraps composting. Bins, bags, and instructions will be delivered to all eligible households in the Monday route on Oct 6-14. Weekly food scraps pick-up expands October 19.
    Curbside Compost Pilot - Public Works - City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
    All about the City's one-year pilot program for curbside compost pickup.

    Participating households have reduced their trash by nearly 35% and report high satisfaction. The expansion of this program is exciting for the Cambridge community as we become more green and sustainable. Please come to learn more! 
  • Volunteers Needed to Spread the Word!
    We are looking for passionate supporters of the curbside composting program to help educate neighbors. Help us maximize participation to ensure this program is a success and should expand citywide. On each of 4 nights (Oct 8, 13, 14, 15), we need dozens of volunteers to knock on doors in North Cambridge to ensure residents received their bins and are ready to start composting! We'll provide all materials and info for volunteers! Email Michael Orr at morr@CambridgeMA.Gov with questions. 


Pumpkins, Leaves & Free Compost Til 10/31
After Halloween, pumpkins are accepted with yard waste for curbside collection (remove candles). But, consider cooking your sugar pumpkins! Chop it and roast in the oven or steam/puree it to use in delicious roasted breads, soups, cookies, pies and more. 

Save fall leaves to cover up or bury food scraps in your backyard compost bin, and remember to keep right ratio: 3 parts “browns” to 1 part “greens”. Remember that separate yard waste collection (leaves, grass and small twigs & branches), ends the week of Dec 14-18 and begins again April 1st. For yard waste stickers, order them online, call DPW, or stop by the office. 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 and get some while it’s available this year, through October 31. Thanks to Rocky Hill Farm for giving back our food scraps as rich beautiful soil!



Cambridge Kids are Green :)
Last school year, Cambridge Public School kids, teachers and faculty recycled over 765,000 pounds of paper and containers to be made into new products. At the 10 schools with lunchroom composting programs, over 120,000 pounds of food scraps were collected to be made into rich soil. In June, CPS received the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award in Washington, D.C. presented by U.S. Secretary of State and the White House Council on Environmental Quality!

Here are some green ideas for parents: 

  • Send a reusable water bottle to school with your child so they can easily drink water at meal times and in the classroom. Help your child learn by sending healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables, and items made with whole grains and low-fat dairy.
  • Limit screen time and create family activities to enjoy play, music, food, and nature together. Teach your kids to be conscious consumers. Talk about where things come from, who made them, what they are made of, and what happens when they are thrown away. Sometimes it's better to buy used or to not buy at all. 


Forward this eNewsletter to your friends & family in Cambridge. 

Missed recycling or trash?  Please use iReport or call DPW at 617-349-4800 by 12 noon the day after collection to make a request.

Request for toters, brochures, labels, or posters? 

During holiday weeks, trash recycling and yard waste collection is delayed one day. Check the 2015 collection schedule.

Next Household Hazardous Waste Collection: Saturday, October 17 from 9am-1pm at the Volpe Transportation Lot 4 via Munroe off 3rd St.

During winter, Clear snow to curb so collection crews can access your trash barrels and recycling toters so that they are not behind snow banks. Thank you.

Thanks for reading, and spreading the word!


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