Friday, April 26, 2013
Encourage children to love the earth and all will bloom naturally. Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism in [PATCH TOWN].
Earth Day was on April 22, and was celebrated across the entire world. What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? Love begins in the home and so does the love for our earth. If you teach your children to respect the earth on every level, they will continue to realize the global impact of environmentalism when they become adults. This is important for the sustainability of life as we know it. Perhaps we can set off that spark in a child, making them want to learn more about the process and do more to help. If we've done our part, they might strive to become an environmentalist—professionally or at heart. Inspire children, plant the seeds early on, and they will flourish. We all strive to do "acts of …
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 …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Do you have items you no longer need? A number of holiday collections are underway and items can be easily donated at one location. Find out more!
Are you buying a new winter jacket? Do you have holiday lights that no longer work? Did your kids get duplicate toys this year? Did Santa bring you a new cell phone? If you have items you’d like to toss but aren’t sure what to do with them, a number of collections are taking place in the South End and items can be dropped off right at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries (1010 Harrison Ave.) One collection seeking new items and not used ones is Toys for Tots. New, unwrapped toys are being sought for children in the area. You can drop them off at 23 Dry Dock Ave, 8th floor Boston, MA from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have coats you no longer need, donations are being collected through Coats for Kids at any Anton's Cleaners …
Friday, July 20, 2012
The city will install 400 new solar powered trash compactors to promote recycling, but they won't be in residential areas.
Next month, the city will install 400 new solar powered trash compactors to promote recycling in Boston. But chances are they won’t be anywhere near your Back Bay home. 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.” A big step toward city-wide single stream …
Where would recycling bins do the most good?
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 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 us in the comments below.
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 …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Are more public ads acceptable if it means cleaner streets and more recycling?
Thursday, April 26, 2012
With the continuing decrease in federal funding for affordable housing.
Would you tolerate more advertising in the city if it meant convenient recycling receptacles on city sidewalks? That’s what Councilor at-large Felix Arroyo proposed Wednesday at this week’s Boston City Council meeting. Arroyo said he recently visited Chicago, where he found recycling bins positioned with street trash cans. Upon further investigation, he said, he found out that the bins were provided and cleaned by a private company at no cost to the city. In exchange, the company places family-friendly advertising on the bins. He called it a “no brainer” to bring this kind of program to Boston—whether it be with the company that operates in Chicago or with another firm. The council supported the idea, which has been referred to committee…
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Today is Thursday, Dec. 29. Here are five things you need to know today:
1. It should be sunny but cold today, with temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s. 2. The city of Boston will be picking up Christmas trees curbside for composting on recycling days during the first two weeks of January, from Monday, Jan. 2, to Friday, Jan. 13. Make sure you remove all ornaments, decorations and stands from your tree, and have it on the curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day. Do not put your tree in a plastic bag. To look up your recycling day, click here. 3. Join the conversation: Do you support the increase of street sweeping in the South End? With official word that street sweeping in the South End will now go from March to December (instead of April to November), we want to know what you think: Will the change make …