[identity profile] 42itous.livejournal.com
Does anyone know of a place in Greater Camberville that accepts small styrofoam for recycling? I live in Arlington, which accepts large packing foam (the kind that immobilizes electronics in shipping boxes), but doesn't accept small foam containers (clamshell boxes from takeout food, which have a #6 recycling symbol on the bottom). The town collection staff told me that no recycling business will pay for the latter and I should put it in the trash. But if it's recyclable, I should be able to recycle it, right?!?!
[identity profile] chanteusemp.livejournal.com
I noticed this beautiful mirror on the curb this morning. It has a tag that says made in Italy. About four feet tall. Would be a shame for it to be trashed!

Near the top of Clarendon Ave (20-30 Clarendon Ave) Somerville, on the left. See pic below. Read more... )


[identity profile] vonelftinhaus.livejournal.com
I know soon plastic bags themselves will be phased out from all stores, larger first then small, before the end of the year and these bags wear a recycle triangle. But also increasingly companies are shipping goods with the plastic air filled bags to protect the shipped products (like amazon) which also sport the cool recycling triangle. My question is what is the city policy on the shipping bags and other plastic like bags (paper towel,toilet paper) that are sporting the recycling triangles - can we just throw them in the recycling bin with everything else? I did use The Waste Wizard but it seemed to generalize the plastic bags and not include the number icons; I feel like if it has a recycle icon I want to be able to put it somewhere other than the trash.
[identity profile] ceelove.livejournal.com
In previous years, there have been days for hazardous waste disposal in June and September at the DPW. This year, I can't find any mention of them, on the city website or the ResiStat mailings. What are we to do with our hazardous waste?
[identity profile] purgatori84.livejournal.com
It's been a few years since the last time this was asked...so where is the best place to get rid of textiles these days (clothing that is clean, but worn to a degree that it is unwearable)?
[identity profile] laryu.livejournal.com
As hard as I try to always use re-usable bags, I still end up with a pile of plastic bags over a long period of time. The CVS in Davis Square no longer seems to take plastic bags back. Is there another local store that will take back plastic bags for recycling?
[identity profile] chanteusemp.livejournal.com
We just curbed a gray couch that wouldn't fit up the windy atairs in our new apt. Slight cat scratch damage, but otherwise comfy and lovely. Three seater.
I am not sure what trash night is for my new place, but I'm hoping it's not tonight.

Magazines

May. 10th, 2015 04:18 pm
[identity profile] purgatori84.livejournal.com
Does anyone want, or know a place that needs, magazines? I have a ton I'd like to get rid of. They're all in good condition, but I have ripped my name/address off the front if it was printed.

I have (name/approximate quantity):
Real Simple (20)
Better Homes & Gardens (15)
Bon Appetit (30)
Cooking Light (20)
Allure / Marie Claire (10)

Thanks!
[identity profile] dougo.livejournal.com
Sometime in the past few months, at least three restaurants stopped using styrofoam containers for packaging takeout meals: Deli-icious, Golden Light, and Teriyaki House (in Powderhouse Square). I think this is a good thing; besides the non-recyclability, I've always had an aesthetic dislike of styrofoam. But it made me curious: is this just a coincidence, or is there some particular reason that three local places switched around the same time? Did an anti-styrofoam ordinance go into effect? Did some supplier stop carrying styrofoam containers? Did non-styrofoam containers get cheaper? Does anyone happen to know?
[identity profile] laryu.livejournal.com
If I recall, there were individuals interested in the old rectangular recycling bins, the ones that the city phased out after the zero-sorts were distributed. Do you still want one more?

I've tried to recycle one, per the city's own instructions. But the city's recyclers keep setting them aside and leaving them with me. I'd hate to leave it in a dumpster, but I'm running out of options...
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[identity profile] theodosia.livejournal.com
I just remembered myself -- the monthly Hazardous Waste collection at the Franey Road facility is this morning until 12 Noon.

From the city's PDF:

Hazardous Waste Disposal
When and Where: Second Saturday of the month
from April to November, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon at the DPW
yard, One Franey Road.
• Open to City residents only: Please provide a
utility bill or driver’s license showing a Somerville
address. No businesses or rental property owners
are eligible.
• Accepted material at HHW days: Paints, thinners,
cleaners, motor oil, antifreeze, mercury thermometers,
car batteries, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs,
and rechargeable batteries.
• MATERIALS MAY NOT BE DROPPED OFF IN
PLASTIC TRASH BAGS DUE TO POSSIBLE
SPILLS / LEAKS.

[identity profile] sparr0.livejournal.com
If I've determined that removing a certain food residue (peanut butter from the walls of a jar, dried cheese from a paper to-go container, etc) is not something I am invested enough in being a good person to do... should I put it in the trash or recycling?
[identity profile] serious-noir.livejournal.com
I'm shredding years worth of old financial docs for recycling but discover that I don't have any paper bags to put the shreds in. I read on the S'ville recycling site a few weeks ago that plastic bags *aren't* supposed to go in recycling. Or at least I thought I read that.

Have I completely got it wrong? Can I put my paper shreds in a plastic trash bag and dump that in my Big Blue Bin?


(see - told you it was a dumb question... )
[identity profile] hikermtnbiker.livejournal.com
Perhaps an odd question, but I have a whole bunch of cotton T-shirts, sheets, etc. that I want to dispose of but I hate to just throw them in the trash. Does anyone know of places that recycle items like this? The days of the rag man are long gone.
[identity profile] missmushkila.livejournal.com
I have some unopened canned goods, some unopened toiletry products, some lightly used, utilitarian but very warm bedding and two winter coats that I would like to donate. I checked on the Somerville Homeless Coalition website, and it seems that they would take the canned goods and toiletries, but only take new household items like bedding. Does anyone know of a good place that would take some lightly used blankets, sheets, comforters, etc., and also the winter coats?
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[personal profile] timmc
Just the other day I pulled an old-style blue recycling bin out of someone's zero-sort toter for use as a planter. I guess this means that 1.5 years later, there are still some of the old bins kicking around. All of ours are in use as planters (for plants that are watered by hand or don't mind poor drainage) or to hold collected dry leaves for the compost bin.

Does anybody here have a couple of bins in reasonably good shape that they want to have go to a good home? I'm in the Tufts area, but I'd be happy to pick up a couple bins from someone in roughly a mile radius from Davis or Teele.

(If it turns out there are many offering and asking, I guess this could become an exchange thread.)
[identity profile] 2ndchancesinc.livejournal.com
Thanks to the Oberbrunner family, Second Chances is able to accept donations of clothing, shoes and accessories in Davis Square now through the end of May.

Dates: Saturday, May 18 to Friday, May 31, 2013

Bring your clothing to: The Oberbrunner family's house - 83 Irving Street, Somerville, MA 02144 - You can leave your bagged clothing to the right of the front door.

Details here >>

Second Chances provides free clothing, shoes and accessories to homeless and low income people in Somerville and Cambridge. Since 2005, we've worked in collaboration with local shelters and service providers to reach more than 300 local people in need each year. Today, we recycle and reuse more than 100,000 pounds of apparel each year.

Thank you!

-- Andrea
Founder and President/CEO

Web: www.secondchances.org
[personal profile] ron_newman
East Cambridge Savings Bank, 285 Highland Ave at Cedar St, will hold a free Community Shred Event from 2 to 4 pm this Saturday, May 18. The event will include music, refreshments, and giveaways. You can bring these things to shred:

Invoices, bank statements, contracts, canceled checks, medical records, personal records, insurance claims, pay stubs, expired IDs, receipts, mail, computer printouts, CDs, cassette and audio tapes, back-up disks, and prescriptions
[personal profile] ron_newman
The city of Somerville's official 2013 Yard Waste Pickup Calendar and Environmental Services Guide. Yard waste pickup is weekly through April, every other week from May through October, then weekly again in November. This document also has information about monthly hazardous waste dropoff days, rain barrels, composting Earth Machines, disposal of TVs and large appliances, and other useful things.
[identity profile] wobblymusic.livejournal.com
Rant = ON.

I signed up with Sungevity, the solar power company and it recently went live. OK, they put a yard sign in front of my house, and I suppose that encourages strangers to want to talk to me. But why would someone ring my doorbell at 9:30pm on a weeknight hoping to ask me some questions about the system? It's not just me, right? That's kind of a weird thing to do, right?

If the stranger in question reads this board: Maybe you should leave a note with your phone number or email address instead? If you don't have any paper with you, well, you know where I live and you could always come back later.

Rant = OFF.

Before anyone asks, I paid about $2,900 upfront for a 15 year lease with no additional monthly payments. They also gave me a $500 iPad as a special promotion, so the net cost was more like $2,400. My thinking on lease vs. buy was that, 15 years from now, I won't want to be stuck with what will (hopefully) be very outdated technology.

I haven't gotten my first post-solar electric bill yet (it's due next week), but things look very promising. I've had the system live for 3+ weeks and I'm averaging over 100kWh/week. That should save me close to $100/month at current NSTAR rates which means the system pays for itself in 2-3 years.

And I swear this isn't why I wrote this post (really!), but if anyone is seriously interested in using Sungevity, please use my referral code when visiting sungevity.com. I think we each get $500 if you sign up. My code is 75403.

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