Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Computers, monitors, TVs, printers, cell phones, and microwaves, among other household electronic items, will be accepted.
The city announced that on March 23, residents will be able to recycle electronic waste at no additional cost. Residents may bring up to computers, monitors, televisions, LCD panels, printers, other computer related equipment, stereos, cell and other phones, power supplies, electronic games, VCRs, circuit boards, microwaves, and other household electronic devices. However, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and white goods such as washers, dryers, and stoves will NOT be accepted. For disposal of air conditioners, dehumidifiers and refridgerators, call (617) 635-4500 to arrange a special pickup. The other items can be picked up at the curb with regular trash pickup. Residents must be prepared to show proof of residency in …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The city will take your tree from the curb, but only for two weeks in January.
You may not be ready yet to put an end to the holidays, but your tree must be taken down and go out for composting during the first two full weeks of January or you'll be stuck disposing of it on your own. The Boston Public Works Department announced this week it will collect Back Bay Christmas trees for composting from Jan. 7-18, 2013. To get your tree ready for removal, make sure to take off all ornaments, decorations, and stands and place your tree aon the curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day. Do not put trees in plastic bags. Don't forget to recycle your holiday cards, catalogs and wrapping paper as well. For recycling tips for LED lights and other holiday items, see here.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
In addition to hazardous household materials, residents can also drop off electronics and paper to be recycled on Sept. 29.
This Saturday, Sept. 29, is one of two days this fall in which Boston residents can drop off household hazardous waste to be disposed of for free. Residents may bring up to 50 pounds of products labeled toxic, flammable, reactive, corrosive, or poisonous, such as: oil-based paint, motor oil, pesticides, solvents, glues, bleach or ammonia-based cleaners, weed killers, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, car batteries, and used motor oil. Note: Latex or acrylic (water-based) paints are no longer accepted at hazardous waste days. They are not hazardous and can be safely disposed at home. Residents must be prepared to show proof of residency in order to be able to drop anything off. The hazardous waste dropoff location on Saturday is the …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Where would recycling bins do the most good?
Boston's about to add 400 solar-powered recycling compactors across the city, but they won't go everywhere. City officials said the bins will go in high-traffic areas and not necessarily in residential blocks. And they won't go into parks because the bins have advertising on their sides. What do you think? If you were in charge of placing these bins in the neighborhood, where would they go? Tell us in the comments below. (Keep in mind local businesses have partnered with the Newbury Street League to already put their own on Newbury Street corners).
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The city will install 400 new solar powered trash compactors to promote recycling, but they won't be in residential areas.
Next month, the city will install 400 new solar powered trash compactors to promote recycling in Boston. But chances are they won’t be anywhere near your Back Bay home. The Big Belly compactors will go in “high traffic areas” such as Downtown Crossing and Fenway, but they won’t line residents’ streets – at least not at first. It’s also likely they’ll be kept out of public parks due to the advertisements on the cans, which is part of a bartering agreement that allows the city to have the barrels for free. “How do we expand this into the neighborhoods?” At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo asked during a public hearing on Tuesday. “I think everybody knows where the Big Bellies will end up.” A big step toward city-wide single stream …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
As BPS looks to update its recycling policy, each Boston Public School will have single stream recycling.
All Boston Public Schools buildings will have single stream recycling curbside pickups come fall. The school system has had a contract for single stream recycling since May 1, according to Phoebe Beierle, Green Schools Fellow for Boston Public Schools. Many Boston neighborhoods participate in single stream recycling already, which means paper, glass, plastic and metal can all be recycled together. The items are then sorted at a recycling center. Beierle said each school had been asked informally to identify a recycling coordinator, who would be the school's point person and advocate for recycling. Beierle said about 30 of 125 schools have recycling coordinators already. She added that the school system hasn't made an official …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Recycle your Christmas tree next week.
The City of Boston composts Christmas trees. Pick up in the Back Bay is the week of January 9. Please remove all decorations and plastic bags and place out for collection on your recycling day, which is Monday for Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue, and Tuesday for Massachusetts Avenue to Charlesgate.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
With a new collection vendor, officials want Boston Public Schools to recycle on a larger scale this year.
Boston Public Schools are switching to single-stream recycling this year to decrease their overall waste. With single-stream recycling, students, teachers and other school staff wouldn’t have to sort paper from cardboard from plastic. Instead, they would be able to put all recyclable materials in one container. Phoebe Beierle, a UTC Center for Green Schools fellow, will work with the district for three years to implement recycling and other environmental programs at the schools. She said most city schools would have the new recycling system by November. The city started distributing 64-gallon "Big Blue" recycling carts at houses and small apartment buildings in July 2009. “They’re doing it in their homes,” Beierle said of the public school…
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The City Council says Boston could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by not sending city employees paper copies of their direct deposit paychecks.
Boston could be one step closer to being the least wasteful city in the country if its administrators take the City Council’s advice about reducing paper use at City Hall. The council is recommending the city send its 16,000 full-time employees electronic copies of their paychecks. District 6 Councilor Matt O’Malley proposed the resolution and it won a unanimous vote on Wednesday at the regular council meeting. “It’s a huge environmental waste, and it’s also a waste of energy and time,” O’Malley said about generating paper receipts for the paychecks the city deposits directly into bank accounts. Employees who wish to receive a paper receipt of their paycheck would still be able to under the proposal, O’Malley explained. But if most …