Monday, February 25, 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, January 1, 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 Christmas trees for composting in Jamaica Plain from Jan. 7-18, 2013. Jamaica Plain's recycling day is Monday. 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.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Legislators decide to take the bottle bill amendment — which would expand the kinds of bottles that can be recycled for cash — out of the jobs act.
The bottle bill will not make it to the governor's desk this year. The controversial proposal was included as an amendment to the Senate jobs bill but scrapped Monday in conference committee, according to an aide to its sponsor, Sen. Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth). The jobs bill is expected to be laid before Gov. Deval Patrick Tuesday, the last day of the legislative session. The amendment had faced strong opposition in the House, with Speaker Robert DeLeo describing it as a tax. Hedlund disputed this view, saying that taxes can't be redeemed. The expansion to the 31-year-old law designed to promote recycling and reduce litter would have added plastic bottles used for water, juices, iced tea and sports drinks to the list of containers …
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Included as an amendment to a bigger jobs bill, the update would expand the bottle redemption law to include plastic bottles used for water and juice.
The redemption center at Blanchards could get a lot busier if a bill to put deposits on more types of bottles finally becomes law. House and Senate leaders started debating Wednesday whether to include an expanded bottle deposit amendment in a bill designed to spur job creation. The bill was passed in the Senate Thursday and is now being hashed out in a conference committee comprised of members of both chambers. Gov. Deval Patrick has said that he supports it. But the House has fought passage of an expanded bottle bill, which Speaker Robert DeLeo and others in the House view as a tax. But Sen. Robert Hedlund disputes this view, saying that taxes can't be redeemed. The expansion to the 31-year-old law designed to promote recycling and …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Where would recycling bins do the most good in Jamaica Plain?
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, at least not yet, 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 your neighbors in the comments below.
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 — at least not yet.
Next month, the city will install 400 new solar powered compactors to promote recycling in Boston. But chances are they won’t be anywhere near JP. Yet. 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." Arroyo is a JP resident. A big step toward city-wide single …
Tuesday, June 19, 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 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, …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Officials with Boston Public Schools are looking for a vendor that could bring single-stream recycling to the district this year.
Boston Public Schools — some of which don't recycle paper and plastic — 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 …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Other ideas included expanding and subsidizing the bike-sharing Hubway system to requiring the Boston Public Schools to recycle.
Members of City Council told a small audience on Saturday at Boston GreenFest that they planned to turn the city into the least polluting city in the country – and, in some cases, the world. While talking about his vision for the city, District 4 Councilor Charles Yancey recalled helping the city establish a recycling program in the late 1980s. “We’ve come a long way since that time,” he said, “but we’re still grappling with the same issues of sustainability in the city of Boston.” To put the city’s national standing in perspective, Boston ranked fifth in reusable bottle company Nalgene’s survey of the least wasteful cities in America, behind San Fransisco, Seattle, New York and Portland, Ore., according to Good Magazine. Here are some of…