Friday, April 5, 2013
The plan, which still needs to go before the neighborhood board before being presented to the city, would add an extra day of recycling pickup without losing a day of trash pickup.
A Beacon Hill Civic Association committee will ask the full board Monday to urge the city for one more recycling pickup day without losing a trash pickup day. The BHCA's Streets and Sidewalks Committee this week endorsed a proposal that would add Monday as a second recycling day without the city having to send any extra trucks to Beacon Hill. At present, the neighborhood's trash and recycling schedule is as follow: The proposal, while keeping eight trucks coming to Beacon Hill every week, would shift when they come and what they pickup. It's calling for a schedule of: This plan, the committee says, would not cost the city any more money since the same number of trucks would be coming to Beacon Hill. In fact, the plan could save money …
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 …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Students set up the program during Green Week at eight schools,.
Boston students, teachers and administrators used National Green Week this month to set up single stream recycling in eight schools. Single stream recycling means paper, glass, plastic and metal can all be recycled together. The items are then sorted at a recycling center, which makes it simpler for residents to collect recycle materials and avoids excess waste being sent to landfills. Through and extended day program offered by City Year, 322 students at the Blackstone, Hennigan, Holland, Marshall, Mattahunt, Orchard Gardens and Tobin schools will participate in Green Week lessons, activities and games to prepare them for successful single stream recycling at home and at school, according to Boston Public Schools. The curriculum was …
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. Beacon Hill collections will be Friday, January 11 and 18. To get your tree ready for removal, make sure to take off all ornaments, decorations, and stands and place your tree on 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 …
Friday, July 20, 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 area 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.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
As BPS looks to update its recycling policy, each Boston Public School will have single stream recycling.
All Boston Public School 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 announcement …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Councilors were also treated to a tae kwon do display by Boston school students.
The Boston City Council's regular Wednesday meeting was quick, with the Council approving two union contracts, as well the introduction for two future hearings on recycling in schools, and mental health services provided by the city. Before getting down to business, the Council received a tae kwon do demonstration by students of the Higginson-Lewis K-8 School. The students are a part of a the US TaeKwonDo Education Foundation program that teaches how to deal with behavior and bullying issues. About 20 students, donning yellow belts and white martial arts jackets, displayed their martial arts skills in the center of the council's floor, as their teacher, Master Han, provided instruction. Han emphasized the students keep physically fit, …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
With the continuing decrease in federal funding for affordable housing.
Would you tolerate more advertising in the city if it meant convenient recycling receptacles on city sidewalks? That’s what Councilor at-large Felix Arroyo proposed Wednesday at this week’s Boston City Council meeting. Arroyo said he recently visited Chicago, where he found recycling bins positioned with street trash cans. Upon further investigation, he said, he found out that the bins were provided and cleaned by a private company at no cost to the city. In exchange, the company placed family-friendly advertising on the bins. He called it a “no brainer” to bring this kind of program to Boston—whether it be with the company that operates in Chicago or with another firm. The council supported the idea, which has been referred to committee, …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Everything you need to know about how to recycle on Beacon Hill is covered in the new "Green Card."