The mayor's office announced today that residents can now schedule weekend curbside pickup of clothing and textiles right outside their homes. Read more.
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The next generation of blue recycling carts will contain 40% recycled plastic - with some of that including plastic cleaned up from lakes, rivers and beaches - the city announced today. Read more.
Boston now pays more to have its recyclables hauled away than its trash, so its time to look at getting more creative with how it encourages residents to recycle, City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) said today. Read more.
Mayor Walsh today announced a series of steps aimed at reducing the amount of stuff now sent to an incinerator or landfill, including three extra weeks of yard-waste pickup between April and December, and pilot programs in which residents will be able to have somebody haul away their food scraps for composting and old clothing for reuse. Read more.
I just discovered today that Roche Bros. in Westie will no longer accept plastic bags for recycling. Is there anyplace else? Online searching brought up Targets and and a place on River Street in Hyde Park as the 'closest' options.
At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy says Boston could solve a key gap in its recycling program by partnering with companies that say they can now recycle the polystyrene coffee cups that Dunkin' Donuts and their ilk still use.
We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.
The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Bill’s 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were not included in the original bill because they were not popular when the law was passed in 1982.
We need your vote on November 4 to update the Bottle Bill.
The Globe reports on city efforts to get us to pick up the pace.
Start charging for trash bags or at the least, start enforcing the city ordinance against putting recyclables in the trash, our own eeka suggests.
City Councilor Felix Arroyo (at large) says now that residents have recycling bins, it's time to extend the idea to streets and parks.
Arroyo is proposing a meeting with Free Green Can, a company that makes money by selling advertising on the sides of its recycling bins, Arroyo said, adding the ads would be "family friendly."
The Dorchester Reporter reports that recycling rates have gone up dramatically in the year since Boston went citywide with those
Julio Lugo-sized large blue wheeled carts, so much so that some people have requested a second cart.
But now that Lugo's gone, who goes into it? Matsuzaka?
The kidlet's getting old. I offered to take her for a ride in it before we actually throw anything/anybody in (if you haven't seen them yet - they're so big they have wheels) and she turned me down. This is a kid who used to love getting into a laundry hamper and being taken for a ride around the house.
The new recycling bins arrived at my apartment this morning in JP. I made quick video about them.
Steve Garfield proudly shows off his new wheeled Boston recycling bin, which, as has been noted here in the past (over and over and over again) is large enough to put Julio Lugo in.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the city plans to roll out its 64-gallon mega-recycling bins to every neighborhood in July. With the new bins-on-wheels, residents can just stuff everything, from newspapers to plastics, in. The paper says residents who don't want to deal with recycling carts larger than Mini Coopers can ask the city to take them back after they're delivered and then get recycling stickers to use with a standard-sized trash can.
A letter on City of Boston letterhead went out to some city residents telling them to put out their recycling bins by tomorrow or risk a hefty fine on their real estate tax bill. Fortunately, it was all just a prank.
After a couple months with his new Julio-Lugo-sized recycling dumpsterette, Ed Copp reports he is, in fact, recycling more - just like the city hoped he would:
... Looking back I see why I didn't recycle more. The old bins didn't fit too much. Three days after trash pickup the bin was full so the rest of my recyclables went in the trash. ...
The city can give out all the giant wheeled recycling bins it wants in West Roxbury, Roslindale and JP, but if they make it hard for people in places with lots of apartments to recycle ...
Via Underground Boston.
Karl Stier reports on the new plus-sized bins rolled out across West Roxbury this past week:
... The weight limit is listed at 250 lbs. so one could safely toss Julio Lugo in there and he would finally be dispensed with properly. ...
In Massachusetts, Cambridge is looking into organizing community programming around cluttering and recycling. What cities have such programming organized already?... What web links are there to those cities' programs?...
Here's one link so far
Or if you've been following related efforts in your favorite communities, what's happening?...
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