September 2015 Recycling eNewsletter


Hello Neighbors!

Thanks for being part of our Cambridge community reducing waste, recycling and composting. We 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 Pickup of Food Scraps Expands! 10/19

  • Volunteers Needed for Door to Door & Schools

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection 9/12

  • Shredding Event 10/17

  • Fixer Fair 10/24

Household Hazardous Waste Collections 9/12 & 10/17

  • Saturday, Sept 12, 9am-1pm, Danehy Park Parking Lot on Field St at Fern St.
  • Saturday, Oct 17, 9am-1pm, Volpe Transportation Lot 4 (via Munroe off 3rd St.
Cambridge residents only, bring proof of residency. We accept auto fluids, batteries (non alkaline), car tires, glues, medications, mercury items, paint products, solvents, and propane tanks (20 lbs or less). If the product label includes the words POISON, DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION, bring to HHW day. Click here for more info including alternative options and what you can bring to the Recycling Center during open hours.
Curbside Pickup of Food Scraps Expands! 10/19
Curbside pickup of food scraps is expanding in Cambridge! The pilot program of 600+ households in North Cambridge was so successful that it will expand to 5,000 more households in the Monday route. From October 6-14, eligible residences with 12 units or less and City trash service will get: how-to instructions, a kitchen bin with compostable bags, a green curbside bin (to share at multi-family buildings). Free weekly collection begins Monday, October 19.

Volunteer to knock on doors and educate North Cambridge households! 

Visit CambridgeMA.Gov/CompostPickup for more info.

Free Document Shredding Event 10/17
The Cambridge Consumers’ Council and US Postal Service are offering a free document shredding on Saturday, October 17 from 10am-2pm, in front of Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass Ave, rain or shine. Members of the public can securely dispose of personal and confidential paper documents. Documents will be destroyed on the spot in a highly advanced technical mobile shredding truck and sent for recycling. Limited drop-off parking will be available on both Mass Ave and Bigelow Street. Please call the Consumers Council at 617.349.6150 or email

Help with Composting Programs - Volunteer this Fall!

School cafeterias in September
Love kids? Love composting? Volunteer in September (or throughout the school year) to remind students "what goes where" and why to compost and recycle. Breakfast shifts are ~7:30am – 8:30am and lunch shifts are ~11:00am-1:15pm. You can help the continued success of the school composting programs! Please email to learn more and join the team.

Door to Door in North Cambridge in October
Curbside pickup of food scraps expands in Cambridge October 19! Thousands of eligible residences will get green bins, bags, and instructions in early October. We need 40-50 volunteers to knock on doors for 2-3 hours on four weeknights: Thurs 10/8, Tues 10/13, Wed 10/14, and Thurs 10/15. DPW staff will provide each volunteer with canvassing supplies and training. Help educate residents and maximize participation, reduce waste, and protect our climate. Click here to sign up and thank you!

Celebrate Repair at the Fixer Fair 10/24
The Somerville Arts Council is sponsoring another Fixer Fair on October 24 from 3pm-7pm, Union Square Plaza, organized by the Somerville Tool Library.  Fixer Fair is a free, public, outdoor event devoted to repair!  Cambridge residents are totally welcome. We're collecting fixers, tinkers, sewers, carpenters, electricians and all sorts of folks to help organize the Fair.  The Somerville Tool Library will also have a table and we're specifically interested in Tool Library members who would be willing to staff that area, explain to attendees how the tool library works and accept tool donations.

If you're interested in participating in any way, please email with your availability, interests, questions & suggestions!

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.
  • 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. For more info click here. Thank you.
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