Boston Adding Textile Recycling Drop Off Boxes to Neighborhoods, Expanding Yard Waste Options

You don't have to throw out those old clothes, sneakers, or stuffed animals because the city is adding textile recycling drop off boxes across Boston neighborhoods. Not throwing away textiles is better for the environment by not filling up trash dumps, but also it can be reused in many ways. Once sorted, 95 percent of textiles such as old bedding, hats, and jackets are reused (75 percent), upcycled, or recycled (20 percent), according to a press release. The higher grades of recycled textiles are resold to thrift stores throughout North America, and other second hand markets across the globe. The lower grades of textiles are turned into rags for industrial use or other functions like stuffing or insulation.

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Pumpkin Smash

Join the City of Boston for the great Pumpkin Smash of 2017! Did you know pumpkins past their prime can be composted with your leaf and yard waste? Join us at our family-friendly event where you can safely smash and compost your pumpkin after Halloween. Learn more about how you can compost at home, see the composting process in action, and eat cider donuts at the Mattapan Ecovation Center! Dilapidated sadface pumpkins welcomed and highly encouraged.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

City Adds Summer Leaf and Yard Waste Pickups

Mayor Marty Walsh has been open-handed in the first months of his term, promising more money for libraries, the Main Street business development program and now extra leaf and yard waste pickups. Walsh announced Tuesday the city would add four summer pickups to the usual spring and fall collections. We've got a query in to his office on how much the extra collections will cost and will update this item when we find out. Spring leaf and yard waste collections begin next week. They run for the following weeks:

April 28
May 5
May 12
May 19 (ends Friday, May 23)

The summer collections will be the weeks of:

June 16
July 14
Aug.

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