Question/Comment: A Ward 7 resident committed to reducing and recycling reports constantly being faced with a dilemma in that it is required that paper recycling be left out in paper bags. S/he uses reusable cloth bags at stores, and thus never has paper bags, so s/he cannot put out paper recycling. Also, S/he would love to see Somerville implement a wet waste collection program that could contribute compost to City properties, community gardens, and private gardens. S/he thinks people must be working on such issues, but didn't find e-mailing addresses on the City's website very helpful. S/he would like to know if there is a forum for discussing these issues with the City.
City Update 6/8/10: The City wants to promote and encourage recycling as much as possible and paper recycling is an important part of this strategy. We are currently trying to advance the recycling program by launching a "single stream" recycling pilot in a portion of the city, which will begin this summer. This will allow residents to recycle all paper, bottles, cans, etc. in one container without sorting. We hope to use lessons learned from the pilot to expand single stream recycling citywide as soon as possible. Unfortunately, due to current fiscal constraints we are unable to provide separate bins for paper recycling. One suggestion is that you could specifically request paper for one bag of groceries when you go shopping each week. On the topic of composting - The City has been examining opportunities for a voluntary composting program for local businesses, farmers markets and City schools, as well as making a composting service available to residents. Each of these potential composting program components is being carefully examined as an option for