Boston University Environmentalists Visit STS

I was elbow-deep in tomato sauce when I realized that some people really don’t know how to recycle. At my feet I found banana peels and exploded bottles of vinaigrette dressing and fiberglass insulation. The mess before me opened my eyes as well as my nose to the fact we need better waste management systems – and public education.

Together with my First Year Student Outreach Program colleagues from Boston University, I have worked today at Save That Stuff, Inc. to help out at the plant and learn about different recycling systems. In a study to find out if machinery to sort single-stream recycling on site is worth the cost, we sorted through two dump-loads of this material. The numbers just aren’t adding up. Obviously non-recyclable items (ahem, food waste) were mixed in with the various papers, plastics, and scrap metals that we were looking to extract. However with a little public effort, this problem can be eliminated.

Besides working to better recycling on site, Save That Stuff, Inc. is taking on a whole new concept of reuse and conservation. Oyster shells are the new wave; by collecting the discarded shells from local Bostonian restaurants, workers at Save That Stuff are able to cure them over a one-year process that allows the shells to be reintroduced into the ocean, increasing the species’ reproduction rate. These shells weigh forty pounds per five-gallon bucket; many of said buckets were spray-painted by our group throughout the day. Rather than sitting in a landfill, the shells are now used to better the environment and make for a more sustainable food source.

Working on site has been impactful in that we all now understand the work that goes into the recycling process and the importance of public education. Plainly, if people give us garbage, they will get garbage back. Waste material must be separated properly and responsibly to be of use. I know that I for one will be more careful about what goes into my recycling bin – will you?

 

By Shannon Linder, Boston University 2018

Repair Cafe & more – September 27th 10am-2pm

Free film, yard sales, tour dates, and more!

Repair Cafe

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ALSO COMING UP – CAMBRIDGE

Do the Right Thing with Furniture & Electronics
Free Film & Discussion: Power to the Pedals 9/16
Don’t Miss the Cambridge Repair Café! 9/27
Community Yard Sale 9/14 & 9/15
See Recycling in Action – Go on a Tour!


 

Do the Right Thing with Furniture & Electronics

Furniture in Good Condition: Plan ahead and arrange a free in-home pick up with the Coalition for the Homeless. Pickup appointments available on 9/2 or 9/3. Items must be clean and usable. Email pictures of your items to donations@mahomeless.org and include your address, phone number and put “Cambridge Pickup” in the subject line. They take kitchen tables & chairs, couches & sofa chairs, ottomans, hutches, end tables, coffee tables, bed frames, dressers, bookshelves, cabinets, rugs, lamps, dishes, pots & pans, and blankets & linens. Beginning this September, the Coalition will schedule pickups in Cambridge for the last Friday and first Monday of every month, except holidays. For more, visit CambridgeMA.Gov/Furniture.

 

Electronics:

1.       Bring to local retailers that take back electronics like Best Buy, Staples, RadioShack, and Apple!

2.       Get info about your curbside options click here, or

3.       Donate unwanted electronics at a free drop-off event this Saturday, August 30, 12-4 pm, Hayward Lot at MIT. Proyecto Chispa (“Project Spark”) will collect and recycle the electronics for free and use  the proceeds to purchase new computers for needy children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Free Film & Discussion: Power to the Pedals 9/16
Tuesday, September 16 at 6pm at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall. Come watch Power to the Pedals: Culture of Change, a 30 minute documentary produced and directed by local filmmaker Bob Nesson and sponsored by Metro Pedal Power. This unique and inspiring story is about transportation, sustainability, and a passionate innovator. The film portrays the transformative vision and extraordinary efforts of Wenzday Jane of Metro Pedal Power, a woman whose mechanical skills and innovative actions are reshaping her community. Wenzday goes to the heart of the sustainability issue by offering solutions, and suggests that things don’t have to be the way they are. Raised in public housing, the discovery of the bicycle meant personal freedom and self-determination. She later developed a passion for mechanics and welding, and learned how to reshape the world around her. Now a self-taught innovator and revolutionary community leader, she heads an urban movement to replace trucks with cargo bicycles for local delivery, servicing public area recycling bins for the City of Cambridge, and agricultural distribution. She’s creating a more sustainable future by helping others discover the power of the pedal. Q&A with Bob Nesson, Wenzday Jane, and Ms. Randi Mail, Cambridge Recycling Director immediately following film.  For more, visit www.powertothepedals.org.

Don’t Miss the Cambridge Repair Café! 9/27
The Cambridge Repair Café is Saturday September 27th from 10am-2pm at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St. Free and open to the public. What to do with a chair when a leg is loose? With a toaster that no longer works? Or a sweater with moth holes? Toss it? No way! You can repair it at Repair Café! Repair things together, receive expert advice, meet each other, be inspired, learn about how things work, and save money. If you know how to fix electrical appliances, musical instruments, jewelry, furniture, bikes and other household items and can volunteer your time and share your skills for 4 hours at the event, click here. thank you! This is a joint project of the Cambridge Public Works Department, Cambridge Recycling Advisory Committee, Cambridge Public Schools Office of Sustainability, Green Cambridge, Community Development Department, Cambridge Community Center, and more!

Community Yard Sale 9/14 & 9/15

Got stuff to give away? Want to enjoy a beautiful day? Either host or attend a yard sale with your neighbors from all across Boston, Cambridge and beyond on Saturday, September 14th, and Sunday, September 15th. Visit yardsale.greenovateboston.org.

See Recycling in Action – Go on a Tour!
Cambridge residents and City employees are invited to tour the Casella recycling facility in Charlestown on Wednesday, October 9 (afternoon) and Tuesday November 18 (morning). No children under 16. Tours last about 2 hours and involve walking on narrow catwalks and stairs, close to heavy equipment. You must be walk at a steady pace with a group. We meet at DPW and carpool, so please let us know if can drive and how many people you can take. Email recycle@cambridgema.gov to sign up and we’ll send you more info.

Boston Green Fest – August 15-17th

Boston’s Multicultural Environmental Music Festival – August 15-17th

JOIN US!

*Music * – *Dance* – *ecoART* – *Hands-on-Learning* – *Wine and Beer Garden* – *GreenTech* – *EcoFasion*

*Free Admission*

Friday-Sunday
Fri. & Sat 12pm-10pm
Sun. 12pm-5pm

Boston City Hall Plaza

Find out more HERE.

 Save That Stuff has provided re-claimed buckets to FireSeedArts for their bucket drumming workshop. We’ll also be helping lead the festival viagra online ireland to Zero Waste!

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