Free compostable bags Monday start week celebrating city waste-reduction successes

From the Department of Public Works, Nov. 7, 2017: Cambridge joins communities nationwide to celebrate America Recycles Day – which is Wednesday – with events  throughout the week:

bullet-gray-small Compost questions and free compostable bags Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the O’Neill Library, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge

bullet-gray-small Recycling games and prizes Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge

bullet-gray-small Recycling games and prizes Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square

bullet-gray-small Recycling games and prizes Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Learning Center, 5 Western Ave., in the Riverside neighborhood near Central Square

The Department of Public Works Recycling Division is celebrating Cambridge’s successes in reducing waste and protecting the climate, marking how far the city has come since 1991, when citywide curbside recycling began.

The city’s curbside compost pilot program has handled 700 tons since 2015 and will go citywide in April, and all 14 public schools now recycle and compost daily; the Bring Your Own Bag ordinance has encouraged residents to reduce bag consumption by more than 50 percent; and since 2011, public area recycling on the street has quadrupled to 60 tons per year from 15 tons.

“Cambridge’s waste diversion initiatives are among the best in New England, and we can’t thank our residents enough for doing their part to recycle and compost,” Public Works Commissioner Owen O’Riordan said. “We hope that residents will join us in celebrating America Recycles Day and learn more about how they can help us meet our waste reduction goals.”

The department has made short videos on recycling and composting to promote Cambridge programs.

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