Friday, August 26, 2011

Zero-Sort Recycling Meetings Coming Up

In October, every household in Somerville will receive a free delivery of a new blue recycling cart to be used for Zero-Sort Recycling. The name means just what it sounds like: you will no longer need to sort your recyclables. Rather, starting in late October, all paper, plastic, glass, cans, cardboard and other recyclable materials will be deposited into one rolling cart and they will be separated at the recycling center. 

The program was piloted in part of Ward 5, where the new easier recycling method led to an average 60% increase in recycling overall. A letter and brochure explaining the system will arrive soon via the mail. For more about Zero-Sort, CLICK HERE.
We’re also holding a series of community meetings starting Sept. 10 to explain the program and answer your questions. For the full schedule, please see below. Meetings in Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole will also be announced. Please stop by.

Saturday Zero-Sort Recycling Meetings

Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-noon, West Somerville Neighborhood School Cafeteria, 177 Powderhouse Blvd.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-noon, Argenziano School Cafeteria, 290 Washington St.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-noon, Capuano Early Childhood Center Cafeteria, 150 Glen St.

Weeknight Zero-Sort Recycling Meetings

Monday, Sept. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., West Somerville Neighborhood School Cafeteria, 177 Powderhouse Blvd.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cross St. Senior Center, 165 Broadway

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Visiting Nurses Association, 259 Lowell St.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Somerville High School, in library, 81 Highland Ave.
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Kennedy School, Community Lounge, 5 Cherry St.



  1. What about the residential buildings? I live in a pretty big building but they (landlord/realty) don't pay attention to recycle. I hope this can change!!

  2. Is that one bin per household or per building (I live in a triple decker)?

  3. The City provides recycling services only to residences with six units or less. For those residences, each household in a two-family home will receive their own free cart. Three-family houses will receive two free carts to share between three households. Buildings with four to six units will also receive carts to share, but not one cart per household.

    Residents of larger buildings and businesses can receive recycling pickup by the City by purchasing a recycling cart from the DPW.


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