City to Pilot Curbside Food Composting and Textile Recycling Programs, Extend Residential Yard Waste Collection

On Wednesday, the city announced a wide-ranging plan with an eventual goal of having Boston be a zero waste city. The new plan includes launching a food scrap curbside composting program, extending residential yard waste options, increasing environmental education and more. "By implementing Boston's first zero waste plan, we will be a healthier and greener city for future generations to come," said District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley, Chairman of the Council's Environment, Sustainability and Parks Committee. "I am proud to have spearheaded the Council's efforts to institute curbside composting and textile recycling programs in the city of Boston and I look forward to seeing these programs develop even further." O'Malley added that expanding Boston's composting program will improve Boston's recycling rate, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, while working toward carbon neutrality.

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O’Malley Proposes Curbside Textile Recycling

Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley has called for a hearing to determine the feasibility of a textile recycling program in Boston. “Curbside textile recycling is another opportunity of sound environmental policy that can generate revenue for the city of Boston. The city of Boston can reduce our waste stream, greenhouse gas emissions and receive payment for the value of the material,” said O'Malley to Jamaica Plain News. Ever the environmental politician of Boston, O'Malley points out that 40 Massachusetts municipalities, including Brookline, Somerville and Natick have implemented curbside textile recycling. Those programs have diverted more than 2.2 million pounds from their waste stream.

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Recycling bins await pickup on Centre Street, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

No Trash/Recycling Pickup on Your Street? You’re Not Alone

The epic snow makes it understandably harder for trash and recycling haulers to reach the bins, but some residents are at the end of their patience after as many as four weeks of missed trash or recycling pickups. A quick look through complaints logged through the city's Citizens Connect app shows missed pickups on several JP streets:

Calvin Road
Armstrong Street
Barbara Street
Clive Street
Rockview Street
St. John Street
Woodlawn Street

And, of course, that's just the folks who took trouble to complain about it. If you use a smart phone but don't already have the Citizens Connect app, you should get it. Here's how.

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Community Meeting Flyer

UPDATE: Civic Meeting on Huge Economy Plumbing Project Postponed

Good morning, neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for all things Jamaica Plain for Tuesday, Feb. 10:

Economy Plumbing Meeting Still On: UPDATE: Organizers have postponed this meeting because the venue was not open and the difficulty of moving around in the snow. ~~~~~
As of late Monday, organizers of Tuesday’s community meeting about a huge proposed development centered on what is now Economy Plumbing told us it was still scheduled to take place. Egleston Square Neighborhood Association and Egleston Square Main Street are cohosting the meeting, which concerns 3200 Washington St.

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