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Single Stream Recycling

What goes in the green cart? Empty bottles, jars, and containers made of metal, plastic and glass from the kitchen, laundry and bath. Paper and flattened cardboard. Empty food and beverage cartons. That’s it.

 2017 Recycling Brochure

Single stream recycling increases convenience, thus increasing participation and volume of material collected, which decreases the amount of waste going to disposal.

Having one collection for curbside recycling means less trips to the recycling processing facility, thereby reducing transportation costs and collection vehicle emissions.

A Material Recovery Facility, or MRF, is where recyclables go to get sorted after they're picked up. At a MRF, recyclables are put onto a conveyor belt and initially sorted by gravity. Paper is taken upstream, while containers are taken downstream. Trash and misdirected recyclables are then sorted manually. Once recyclables have gone through all of the sorting steps, they compressed into large, dense bales for transport. The bales of the sorted materials are then sold to intermediate processors and manufacturers for use in making new products.

Want to see recyclables getting sorted? Request a tour of the Waste Management Avon MRF, where Newton's recycling goes, by emailing Newton Environmental Affairs

How a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Works [VIDEO]

Newton has been recycling since 1971. In 1990, recycling became mandatory according to the technology of that time—dual stream recycling, meaning all acceptable recyclable materials had to be separated into two streams: paper products and bottles and cans. Newton switched to single stream recycling in April 2009.

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Green Cart Do's & Dont's

DO put the following items loose in your green cart:

Paper & Cardboard Photo of different paper products

  • White & colored paper (staples, paper clips, spirals OK)

  • Cardboard (flatten & fold boxes)

  • Paperboard (paper towel rolls, cereal, tissue boxes)

  • Phone books & junk mail

  • Magazines & catalogs

  • Newspapers & inserts

  • Paper bags

  • Pizza boxes (empty, minor oil stains OK)

  • Paper coffee cups (empty)

  • Books (rip off hard covers)

  • Shredded paper (in a clear plastic or a stapled paper bag)

  • Frozen food boxes (if they rip)

ContainersPhoto of different containers that can be recycled

  • Metal cans

  • Aluminum cans, trays & foil

  • Stiff plastic containers

  • Glass bottles & jars

  • Milk cartons & juice boxes

  • Rigid plastic items that fit in the cart (broken toys & buckets)

  • Aerosol cans (empty)

  •  Spiral cans (potato chip, nut cans)

 

DON'T put any of these materials in your green cart:

Material

Proper Outlet

More Information

Plastic bags

Plastic shopping bags can be returned to some supermarkets and retailers. Look up a list of locations here.

http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org

Plastic utensils

Place in trash

 

Bulky plastics (chairs, toys, buckets, storage containers)

Recycle at the Resource Recovery Center

Resource Recovery Center

 

Flower pots & garden plastics

Recycle at the Resource Recovery Center 

Resource Recovery Center

 

Dishes, ceramics & pyrex

Donate, sell or place in trash

 

Clothing, bedding & other textiles

 

Ripped & stained

All types of textiles, including shoes, belts and stuffed animals, can be donated to various charities at the Resource Recovery Center.

Resource Recovery Center

 

Styrofoam

Recycle at the Resource Recovery Center

Resource Recovery Center

Paper plates, napkins, paper towels, tissues

Place in trash or compost 

 

Light bulbs

Recycle at the Resource Recovery Center

Resource Recovery Center

Metal pots, pans, hangers, other scrap metal

Recycle at the Resource Recovery Center

Resource Recovery Center

 

How to Set Your Carts Out for Collection:

  1.  Park It On your collection day, wheel your carts to the curb by 7:00am on your collection day, or as early as 4:00pm the day before collection.
  2. Point It The carts must be within 3 feet of the curb with the wheels and handle facing your house (make sure lid opens towards the street). All trash (blue cart) and recycling (green cart) must be placed in the cart with lid closed. No material outside the cart will be collected.
  3. Space It The cart must be at least 3 feet from objects (including parked cars, fire hydrants, telephone poles, trees, bulky waste, other carts, mail boxes, etc.). If possible, please do not park on the street on your collection day.  

Is your green cart overflowing?

  1. Flatten all cardboard boxes. Fold or cut large pieces of cardboard to fit them in your green cart.
  2. Flatten milk jugs and juice cartons.This will save space in your cart to prevent overflow.
  3. No styrofoam. Stryrofoam is recyclable only by drop of at the Newton Resource Recovery Center. 
  4. Drop off occasional excess recyclables at the Newton Resource Recovery Center.

 If you have done all of the steps above and your green cart is overflowing most weeks, you can call DPW Customer Service at 617-796-1000 to request an additional green cart at no cost.

 Additional recycling cart requests may be suspended during inclement weather periods. The recycling carts are for residential use only. Alternatively, all Newton residents can bring extra recyclables to the Resource Recovery Center

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Appliances, Electronics & Metal Items

Appliances, electronics (TVs and computers), and metal items can be collected curbside for recycling by requesting a pick up on the City Hall Systems Online Bill Payment Site. Select "Newton, MA" from the municipality drop down box, click the "Click here to VIEW or PAY your bills" button, and choose "White Goods/E-Waste" from the "Select Bill Type" menu to make a request. 

You can also drop off appliances, electronics, and metal items to the Resource Recovery Center  during open hours. There is a $25 fee for TVs and monitors ($18 for each additional). Proof of payment must be presented to the attendant at the time of drop off.  

If your item is still working, please consider donation! Check out our reuse options list.

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