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Recycling in Newton, MA- What you need to know

tech <p><font size="4"><a href="http://www.earthday.org/"><img alt="earth day" class="wp-image-898 alignright featured" height="250" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6217/blog/misc/earth-day.jpg" width="228"/></a>April 22nd marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970-- Earth Day. As efforts are made to make a difference on this one day, there are still easy changes you can make throughout the year to help out environment. And in Newton, the Department of Public Works created an Environmental Affairs division to "maintain and protect the environment through education and outreach programs, the collection and disposal of wastes, conservation of natural resources, and planning for the future environmental needs of the people who live, work and do business in the City of Newton." With the help of this division, Newton residents are living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and for the third year in a row, the City's recycling rate is above 50%.</font></p> <p><font size="4">Here's what you need to know about the Environmental Affairs division of the Newton Government.</font></p> <p><font size="4"><strong>Newton Recycling Depot </strong></font></p> <p><font size="4"><a href="https://maps.google.com/?daddr=145+Rumford+Ave,+Auburndale+MA+02466"> <img alt="recycling depot" class="wp-image-900 alignleft" height="230" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6217/blog/misc/recycling-depot.jpg" width="230"/></a>115 Rumford Avenue</font></p> <p><font size="4">Auburndale, MA 02466</font></p> <p><font size="4">Hours:</font></p> <p><font size="4">Monday-Saturday 7:30 am-2:30 pm</font></p> <p><font size="4">Closed on Sundays and Holidays</font></p> <p><font size="4">Proof of Newton residency required</font></p> <p><font size="4"> </font></p> <p><font size="4"><strong>Goals, Functions, and Responsibilities</strong></font></p> <p><font size="4">According to the Environmental Affairs website, the goals of the division are</font></p> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em"><font size="4">To collect and dispose of wastes to meet or exceed regulatory requirements</font></p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em"><font size="4">To promote integrated solid waste management through appropriate use of recycling and resource recovery</font></p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em"><font size="4">To provide citizens comprehensive environmental planning</font></p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em"><font size="4">To serve as a technical resource on environmental issues</font></p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em"><font size="4">To make the most of our diverse human resources through teamwork, training, individual development, and personal communication</font></p> </li> </ul> <p><font size="4">The major responsibilities of the Division include</font></p> <ul> <li><font size="4">Refuse collection and disposal</font></li> <li><font size="4">Products recycling</font></li> <li><font size="4">Stormwater quality management education</font></li> <li><font size="4">Environmental management systems</font></li> <li><font size="4">Compliance</font></li> <li><font size="4">Remediation and regulatory planning to include program coordination, regulatory analysis, legislation, and program planning and evaluation</font></li> </ul> <p><font size="4"><strong>Yard Waste Collection</strong></font></p> <p><font size="4"><a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/composting/default.asp"><img alt="yard waste collection" class="wp-image-908 alignleft" height="166" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6217/blog/misc/yard-waste-collection.jpg" width="200"/></a>Yard Waste Collection resumed on March 31st and will continue weekly until the week of December 8th, weather permitting.</font></p> <p><font size="4">In order to participate, place your yard waste in paper yard waste bags or barrels labeled, "YARD WASTE ONLY". They must be at the curb no later than 7 am on your collection day, or as early as 4 pm the day before. Click <a href="http://apps.newtonma.gov/residential-services">here</a> to see what your collection day is.</font></p> <p><font size="4"> </font></p> <p><font size="4"> </font></p> <p><font size="4">Yard waste includes</font></p> <ul> <li><font size="4">Grass clippings</font></li> <li><font size="4">Tree leaves</font></li> <li><font size="4">Tree and shrub pruning</font></li> <li><font size="4">Wood chips</font></li> <li><font size="4">Small vegetables</font></li> <li><font size="4">Flower plants</font></li> <li><font size="4">Other vegetative matter</font></li> </ul> <p><font size="4">For branches and limbs (6 inches or less in diameter), tie in bundles that are less than 4 feet long and 3 feet in diameter with rope or twine.</font></p> <p><font size="4">Some restrictions</font></p> <ul> <li><font size="4">No plastic bags</font></li> <li><font size="4">Branches must not protrude from barrel</font></li> <li><font size="4">Bag or barrel must not exceed 50 pounds or 50 gallons</font></li> <li><font size="4">Bundle must not exceed 50 pounds</font></li> <li><font size="4">Do not use yard waste bags for trash</font></li> <li><font size="4">Do not use wire to bundle</font></li> <li><font size="4">No tree stumps or branches greater than 6 inches in diameter (if they exceed, please call a private hauler)</font></li> <li><font size="4">No dirt, sand, rocks, asphalt, brick, or concrete in bags or barrels</font></li> </ul> <p><font size="4">For more information on Yard Waste and Composting, click <a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/composting/default.asp">here</a>.</font></p> <p><font size="4"><strong>Water Conservation</strong></font></p> <p><font size="4"><a href="https://www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/t-preservingresources.aspx"> <img alt="water conservation" class="wp-image-913 alignright" height="200" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6217/blog/misc/water-conservation.jpg" width="173"/></a>Water conservation is one of the greatest and easiest ways for residents to make a difference in their environment. There are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth, but less than 3% of all this water is fresh water, with more than 2/3 found in ice caps and glaciers.</font></p> <p><font size="4">With the average household in the US using about 250 gallons per day, water might one day become scarce. But by changing some habits (like taking shorter showers or turning the water off while brushing your teeth), or even adopting greater habits (like installing rain barrels to capture the run-off) water conservation can greatly alter the future of our Earth.</font></p> <p><font size="4"><img alt="great american rain barrel" class="size-full wp-image-916 alignleft" height="200" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6217/blog/misc/great-american-rain-barrel.jpg" width="300"/></font></p> <p><font size="4">Newton has become involved in the 2014 Rain Barrel Program, which offers rain barrels to collect rainwater runoff. And the City of Newton DPW is selling rain barrels to residents at 40% off retail. These barrels can be purchased for $69 online at <a href="www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com">www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com</a>. The Great American Rain Barrel can hold up to 60 gallons and is 39 inches tall and 24 inches in diameter. It is fully repurposed, comes with a hard top, wide mouth, removable lid, screen, a plastic spigot threaded for hose connection, two overflow valves and a choice between two ports to place your spigot.</font></p> <p><font size="4"><img alt="save the rain diverter" class="wp-image-917 alignright" height="150" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6217/blog/misc/save-the-rain-diverter.jpg" width="150"/></font></p> <p><font size="4">The Save the Rain Diverter is made of galvanized steel and comes in two sizes to fit any residential downspout, metal or plastic. It can be used with a barrel to trap water safely and efficiently from your downspout.</font></p> <p><font size="4">You can pick up your barrel Saturday, April 27th from 9am- 11am at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Avenue.</font></p> <p><font size="4"><strong>Household Hazards</strong></font></p> <p><font size="4"><a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/hazardous/products.asp"><img alt="household hazards" class="wp-image-924 alignleft" height="182" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6217/blog/misc/household-hazards.jpg" width="200"/></a>The average US household contains 15 pounds of hazardous products, such as pesticides, cleaners, paints, and used motor oil. Using and disposing of these products is crucial to maintaining the health of our bodies and environment.</font></p> <p><font size="4">The household hazardous waste drop-offs resume Wednesday, May 15th from 7:30am- 12:30pm. Click <a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/hazardous/days.asp">here</a> for the remaining 2014 schedule.</font></p> <p><font size="4"> </font></p> <p><font size="4"> </font></p> <p><font size="4">Items that are accepted year round at the Recycling Depot include</font></p> <ul> <li><font size="4">Rechargeable batteries (nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride) and silver oxide, mercuric oxide, lithium button batteries, and automotive batteries</font></li> <li><font size="4">Devices containing mercury (fluorescent bulbs, thermostats, switches, thermometers)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Empty propane tanks, motor oil, antifreeze</font></li> <li><font size="4">Paints, stains, polyurethane (clean and reusable interior/exterior oil or latex)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Used motor oil, oil filters, transmission fluid, and antifreeze</font></li> <li><font size="4">Empty propane tanks</font></li> <li><font size="4">Freon containing appliances (refrigerators, air conditions, and dehumidifiers)</font></li> </ul> <p><font size="4">Items that are accepted seasonally include</font></p> <ul> <li><font size="4">Paint exchange: paints, stains, polyurethane (clean and reusable interior/exterior oil or latex), unexpired shellac</font></li> <li><font size="4">Product reuse shed: household cleaners, fertilizers, weed killers</font></li> </ul> <p><font size="4">What not to bring</font></p> <ul> <li><font size="4">Latex paint (dry out and place with trash)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Empty aerosol cans (recycle curbside)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Commercial/industrial waste</font></li> <li><font size="4">Compressed gas cylinders</font></li> <li><font size="4">Ammunition, fireworks, explosives</font></li> <li><font size="4">Prescription medicines</font></li> <li><font size="4">Syringes (accepted at City Hall and the Health Department)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Infectious/biological wastes</font></li> <li><font size="4">Propane, butane, other flammable gases</font></li> <li><font size="4">Fire extinguishers</font></li> <li><font size="4">Smoke detectors (place in trash)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Construction materials</font></li> <li><font size="4">Radioactive waste</font></li> <li><font size="4">Empty or non-hazardous materials</font></li> <li><font size="4">Asbestos</font></li> <li><font size="4">Tires, PCBs</font></li> </ul> <p><font size="4">For more information on managing household hazardous products, click <a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/hazardous/products.asp">here</a>.</font></p> <p><font size="4"><strong>Electronics Recycling</strong></font></p> <p><font size="4"><a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/hazardous/electronics.asp"> <img alt="electronics recycling" class="wp-image-929 alignleft" height="275" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6217/blog/misc/electronics-recycling.jpg" width="235"/></a>Held the third Friday and Saturday of each month at the Recycling Depot from 8am- 12pm, residents can bring old electronics (anything with a plug!) for recycling free of charge. Computer monitors and TVs are accepted or $12 each. Business and Non-profits are also welcome.</font></p> <p><font size="4">Upcoming dates:</font></p> <p><font size="4">April 19 and 20</font></p> <p><font size="4">May 17 and 18</font></p> <p><font size="4">June 14 and 15</font></p> <p><font size="4">For more details on these drop-off options, or to request a curbside pick up, click <a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/hazardous/electronics.asp"> here</a>.</font></p> <p><font size="4"> </font></p> <p><font size="4"><strong>Single Stream Recycling</strong></font></p> <p><font size="4">Recycling could not have gotten easier! All paper products, flattened cardboard, plastic bottles, metal cans, and glass can be put in one container...no more separating!</font></p> <p><font size="4">What to include in your green cart</font></p> <ul> <li><font size="4"><a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/curbside/singlestream.asp"> <img alt="single stream recycling" class="size-full wp-image-933 alignleft" height="376" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6217/blog/misc/single-stream-recycling.jpg" width="300"/></a>Paper products</font> <ul> <li><font size="4">Paper (not contaminated with food), newspapers, magazines, catalogs, telephone books</font></li> <li><font size="4">Colored paper</font></li> <li><font size="4">Paperboard (cereal and shoe boxes)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Hard and soft cover books</font></li> <li><font size="4">Junk mail, envelopes</font></li> <li><font size="4">Cardboard</font></li> </ul> </li> <li><font size="4">Containers</font> <ul> <li><font size="4">All plastic bottles with an opening smaller than the base (leave caps on)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Plastic food tubs (yogurt, margarine, etc)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Food jars (peanut butter, mayonnaise, etc)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Glass bottles and jars</font></li> <li><font size="4">Aluminum (pie plates, trays, foil)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Clean metal cans (tin/steel/aluminum, empty aerosol)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Milk and juice cartons</font></li> <li><font size="4">Bleach, detergent, shampoo bottles</font></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><font size="4"> </font></p> <p><font size="4">What not to include</font></p> <ul> <li><font size="4">Plastic bags</font></li> <li><font size="4">Plastic utensils</font></li> <li><font size="4">Bulky plastic, like chairs, toys, buckets, storage containers (<a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/depot/accepted.asp">These can be recycled at the Dept</a>)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Flower pots and garden plastics (<a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/depot/accepted.asp">These can be recycled in rigid plastics container at the Depot</a>)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Windows, dishes, ceramics, pyrex, or light bulbs (<a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/depot/accepted.asp">Compact fluorescents can be recycled at the Depot</a>)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Fabric (<a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/depot/accepted.asp">clothing can be donated at the Recycling Depot</a>)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Foam packaging, Styrofoam (<a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/depot/accepted.asp">packing peanuts can be reused and clean, dry Styrofoam can be recycled at the Depot</a>)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Paper plates, napkins, paper towels, or tissues (place in trash)</font></li> <li><font size="4">Recyclables with food waste (place in trash)</font></li> </ul> <p><font size="4">How to set your cart out for collection</font></p> <ol> <li><font size="4">Park it: on collection day, simply wheel your carts to the curb by 7 am, or as early as 4 pm the day before</font></li> <li><font size="4">Point it: the carts must be within 3 feet of the curb with wheels and handle facing your house (make sure lid opens toward the street). All trash (blue cart) and recycling (green cart) must be placed in the cart. No material outside the cart will be collected</font></li> <li><font size="4">Space it: the cart must be at least 4 feet from objects (including parked cars, fire hydrants, telephone poles, trees, bulky waste, other carts, mail boxes, etc). If possible, please do not park on the street on your collection day</font></li> </ol> <p><font size="4">Check out the recycling brochure <a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/54442">here</a>.</font></p> <p><font size="4"><strong>More on Recycling and Trash</strong></font></p> <p><font size="4"><a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/default.asp"><img alt="recycling" class="size-full wp-image-936 alignright" height="347" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6217/blog/misc/recycling-.jpg" width="300"/></a>To schedule a bulky item pick up, <a href="http://mygovhelp.us/newtonma/_cs/supporthome.aspx?sSessionID=">click here</a>.</font></p> <p><font size="4">To find out collection days for your address, click <a href="http://apps.newtonma.gov/residential-services">here</a>.</font></p> <p><font size="4">For the street sweeping schedule, click <a href="http://apps.newtonma.gov/dpw/streetsweeping/schedule.htm">here</a>.</font></p> <p><font size="4">For trash collection guidelines, click <a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/curbside/autotrash.asp">here</a>.</font></p> <p><font size="4"><strong>Green Bin Newsletter</strong></font></p> <p><font size="4">You can subscribe to The Green Bin, the Newton recycling newsletter here. You will receive up-to-date information on Newton's recycling program.</font></p> <p><font size="4"><strong>Upcoming Events</strong></font></p> <p><font size="4">Saturday, April 26: Rain Barrel Sale at the Recycling Depot</font></p> <p><font size="4">Saturday, April 26: Medication Take Back</font></p> <p><font size="4">May 5-10: International Compost Awareness Week</font></p> <p><font size="4">Wednesday, May 7 and Saturday, May 10: Compost Facility Tour at the Resource Recovery Center</font></p> <p><font size="4">Thursday, May 8: Home Composting Workshop at City Hall</font></p> <p><font size="4">For more events and the full calendar, click <a href="http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/recycling/initiatives/events/default.asp"> here</a></font></p>

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