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Recycling Remains Focus For Green Committee

The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Green Committee is moving forward with plans to educate neighborhood residents about area recycling policies.

During the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Green Committee  first meeting of the New Year Tuesday, the group refocused its collective efforts intensely focused on one concept: recycling.

Committee member Jordan Bray presented the group an updated version of its recycling flyer, a “cheat sheet” that includes a full list of household items that are recyclable along with the proper drop-off location for each of those materials. The flyer will go through one more round of editing before it is published online at the BHCA’s website.

Similarly, committee member Vidya Sivan agreed to help design a poster that could be distributed to Beacon Hill landlords and management companies to help educate the neighborhood’s significant number of apartment and condo renters about recycling. Sivan will also work with city officials to identify existing brochures and literature that could help promote the green committee’s recycling cause.

The committee also plans to augment its outreach efforts by working with the neighborhood’s business community. Committee chairwoman Diana Coldren will reach out to Karen Fabbri, owner of Moxie, a fashion boutique, and Susan Symonds, president of the Beacon Hill Business Association, to generate new ideas on the subject.

Coldren also gave the meeting’s attendees an update on two larger, more long-term initiatives that could have a significant impact on recycling in Beacon Hill.

The first is a project being run by the city of Boston that would place public recycling bins throughout the city. Members of the committee met with Councilor Michael Ross in December to discuss the inclusion of Beacon Hill in this effort, but Ross said the costs would likely be too great. Now Ross and others are working to have Beacon Hill included in a pilot version of the program, which may bring a public recycling bin to the intersection of Charles and Cambridge streets.

The other initiative is one that would change Beacon Hill’s trash pickup schedule by increasing the number of days recycling is picked up. That idea is still being evaluated by BHCA members, Coldren said.

The green committee's next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 15 at the BHCA's headquarters at 74 Joy St.

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