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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Single Stream Recycling Rolling Into Town Next Month!

Ward 5 will be the target area for a single stream recycling program set to start on October 6th. Between September 30th and October 1st, residents will receive a 65 gallon bin, complete with literature and list of recyclable items imprinted on the cover, that will take the place of the blue bins that we have become accustomed to over the years. Residents may continue to use their blue bins if they wish, however, the city is strongly encouraging everyone to use the new barrels. The best part is that if your blue bin is broken, you can recycle it using the new barrel! Once you receive the barrel, you can put your house number on it for easy identification.
Somerville will join Arlington, Billerica, Quincy, Boston, and Charlestown (just to name a few) who have already implemented the system. Speaking of Charlestown, that is where the recycled materials will go to be weighed and sorted. 1300 homes will be included in the program because Ward 5 was found to have consistent recycling habits and is also bordered by major roadways making the area easy for the specialized truck to navigate through picking up people's recyclables.
Within a month to 6 weeks of having the program running, The Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) will begin to post data that will be collected during the three month (total) pilot time. Barrels will be issued to each unit of a household, meaning, two and three family homes will get 2 or 3 accordingly. Please get in touch with the OSE if you feel you need less barrels.

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