Friday, October 7, 2011
The City Council held a hearing on Thursday to address issues related to trash pick-up and storage.
Nearly a dozen residents from across the city spoke up at Thursday’s City Council hearing on trash pick-up to voice concerns over the current practices in place in their neighborhoods. The hearing was co-sponsored by District 1 Councilor Sal LaMattina to discuss the use of trash barrels to contain waste put out for collection in certain neighborhoods. The barrels would protect fragile plastic bags from rips and tears generated by animals and trash pickers, he said. Several Beacon Hill residents at the city meeting Thursday said they were opposed to trash barrels for storage reasons. Beacon Hill resident Elizabeth Leach said she frequently asks trash pickers to cease and desist, and encouraged the city to address the problem. “There must be…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Recycling and trash pickup on Beacon Hill; Ares Shoe Repair temporarily closed; tourism info for people with disabilities; daffodils on medians; and rain in the morning.
1. The Beacon Hill Civic Association's Green Committee wants to hear from you about trash and recycling pickup on Beacon Hill. The group is looking to gauge public interest in reducing the number of trash pickup days from three to two while at the same time increasing the number of recycling pickup days from one to two. We at Beacon Hill Patch are curious to hear from you, too. Take our online poll and tell us what you think! 2. Ares Shoe Repair on Charles Street will be closed until Oct. 3 for personal reasons, but will be open for pickup Monday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 3. Here's a great idea: A website that gives people with disabilities and impairments relevant info on tourist attractions in Boston. Ever think about whether …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A big question that had Beacon Hillers buzzing this past spring is back on the agenda for the Beacon Hill Civic Association's Green Committee.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Do Beacon Hill residents want their trash and recycling picked up twice a week? The Beacon Hill Civic Association's Green Committee wants to know. It's a question that BHCA members talked about last spring, but never resolved. Then summer season struck, and the issue faded from the community agenda. Now the Green Committee has resumed its monthly meetings. And at the group's September gathering on Tuesday night, the issue of Beacon Hill's refuse pick-up schedule was thrust back into the limelight. Currently, Beacon Hill residents have their trash picked up three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings), while recycling is picked up once a week. Green Committee members are trying to gauge public interest in changing that …
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, who the city hired this summer to install recycling and environmental programs at schools, 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 July 2009. “They’re doing it in their homes,” Beierle said of the public school students. “They should be doing it in the schools.” How single-stream …
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 theleast 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 …
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Education and promotion will be key to keep Beacon Hill looking its best.
Members of the City Services Committee met on Joy St. Wednesday night to put a plan in place that could change the way neighborhood residents look at trash. City Services is a Beacon Hill Civic Association board of director's committee whose mission is to make the Hill a cleaner place. Committee chairman Rajan Nanda presented ideas for a campaign to promote individual responsibility for stoop cleaning. Attendees agreed on a new slogan that would represent their cause that gives a nod to a popular Elizabeth Gilbert book: "clean. sweep. repeat. take a broom to your sidewalk or street." The committee's next step will be to develop a graphic logo to accompany the new message. The committee also discussed new methods to help inform dog owners …
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Civic Association’s Green Committee says educating about recycling will have an immediate positive impact on the neighborhood.
Members of the Beacon Hill Civic Association's Green Committee met on Tuesday to discuss ways to achieve their goals of supporting and encouraging sustainable living for area residents and businesses. Led by committee co-chair Diana Coldren, much of the group's discussion focused on promoting recycling in the community. And throughout the meeting, members were clearly in agreement on the method for increasing recycling activity. In Coldren's words: "It's got to start with education." Measures Put in Place to Educate Residents about Recycling To that end, the committee has begun working with area realtors, encouraging them to distribute the Civic Association's Beacon Hill Neighborhood Guide. While no formal arrangement is yet in place, the …
Saturday, November 13, 2010
A quick guide to recycling electronics, paints and other dicey household waste in and near Beacon Hill.
Recycling is a big deal in Beacon Hill. So much so that some residents want to banish a trash day and replace it with another recycling day. Newspapers, bottles, cans, plastic -- Beacon Hillers recycle it all. But the recycling process becomes much murkier even for the seasoned recycler when it comes to the more destructive stuff. What should be done with batteries? What about paint? Where do all the broken mobile phones go? No-Pest Strips? There's a long list (see PDF at right) of hazardous household items and electronics that should not go into a landfill (I mean, nail polish remover -- who knew?) The city is holding Hazardous Waste Recycling Day today at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. Surely I could dump the printer there; keep it …