Monday, July 25, 2011
Newton and surrounding towns have lots of options for recycling items beyond glass bottles and cans.
While there are many things accepted through Newton’s curbside recycling program, you might be left wondering where to recycle less common items. Luckily, Greater Boston has plenty of options and locations for dropping off those hard-to-recycle items. The Rumford Ave. recycling center takes a lot of items not recyclable through curbside recycling. Some items they accept are aerosol cans, bicycles, auto parts, car batteries, cell phones and chargers, lightbulbs, empty propane tanks, white Styrofoam, and more. Styrofoam peanuts are also accepted at the UPS store at 321 Walnut Street. Both Whole Foods Markets in Newton take wine corks for recycling. They work with Cork Harvest, a nonprofit organization that upcycles cork while developing …
Monday, January 31, 2011
It's cold, the snow is too deep to have fun in, and everybody is getting cabin fever. Let's make some crafts out of things you might normally throw out!
Even the winter-lovers among us are likely tired of the cold temperatures and inches upon inches of snow. Snow days and weekends can seem never-ending to kids when it's too cold to play outside. A solution for the winter blues and cabin fever? Fill up the days with some eco-friendly crafts. Dig through your recycling bin and see what gems you can find. Here are a few ideas: Paper Egg Cartons Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Tubes Milk and Juice Cartons Old Game Pieces You can make crafts out of practically anything that you find in your recycling bin. Jars, cereal boxes, magazines, you name it. Before taking your recycling curbside, give the contents one last look to see if there's anything that your kids might want to turn into a craft.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Newton offers curbside pickup of Christmas trees, but there are also some fun alternatives!
It's funny how Christmas trees go from being the centerpiece of Christmas-- families gathering around it, presents beneath it, decorated with lights and ornaments--to being a nuisance to discard and a sad reminder that the holidays are over. Now that 2010 is over, it's time to think about what to do with your tree. The city of Newton is collecting Christmas trees this week, Jan. 3- Jan. 14, on your regular trash collection day. You can put your tree out with your trash, but make sure to remove any decorations and do not place the tree in a bag. If you're concerned about not getting your tree ready on time, or if you'd like to do something with your tree on your own, there are a few fun alternatives for "treecycling" your Christmas tree…
Monday, November 29, 2010
With the single-stream recycling program introduced to Newton last year, recycling is almost effortless.
Since Newton introduced single stream recycling last year, recycling has never been easier. Instead of separating paper and glass, we can just toss it into the large, city-provided recycling bin. Different cities have different recycling rules. Newton often says, "If you can rip it, you can recycle it!" This isn't quite true. There are a few things that you might be tossing into your recycling bin that are not actually recyclable. Cardboard soiled with grease or food is not recyclable. Many people might stick their pizza boxes or Chinese takeout containers into their recycling bin, but these items cannot be recycled. When cardboard is recycled, it's mixed with water and turned into a slurry. If there's oil on the cardboard, once …
Monday, October 25, 2010
Newton is currently running a pilot program to recycle polystyrene, more commonly known as styrofoam.
Polystyrene--also known as styrofoam--is pretty disgusting. In a city with countless polystyrene-using Dunkin Donuts, it can be difficult to avoid. Even those with the best eco-intentions often forget their reusable mug and need that caffeine fix that only Dunkies can placate. A trademark of Dow Chemicals, polystyrene is a petroleum-based plastic commonly used as food containers, packaging material, and more. It is far less common than it was 20 years ago and even McDonald's stopped using it for their sandwiches. However, lots of places (like Dunkin' Donuts) still use it for things like hot drinks and takeout containers. Styrofoam is problematic for a variety of reasons. First of all, the EPA has said there are concerns about …