Weatherize Your Old House – Medford Class

Is this the right insulation for an antique home? Come to this Medford presentation to find out.

Is this the right insulation for an antique home? Come to this Medford presentation to find out.

Brrrr!! It’s nippy out!  Wondering how to weatherize your old house?  An upcoming Medford class is geared to homeowners of antique houses who want to make upgrades to save energy but don’t want to jeopardize the original character of their vintage home.

Greening the Older Home is sponsored by the Medford Historical Society.

Topics to be covered:

  • Insulation
  • Windows
  • Lighting
  • Exterior sealing
  • Renewable energy options


  • Sally Zimmerman, Preservation Specialist, Historic New England
  • Rebecca Williams from the Northeast Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Christopher Skelly of the Massachusetts Historical Commission

Greening the Older Home is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

The program will take place at the Springstep building at 98 George P. Hassett Drive (next to Medford City Hall and the Route 93 Rotary).

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Christmas Tree Recycling

Xmas tree with champWondering how to dispose of your Christmas tree?  The best option is to recycle your tree. Here’s information about Christmas tree recycling and pickup in local towns.  Timeliness is important – most towns have a short schedule for Christmas tree pickup. 

**This post was written in 2009. Here’s info about Christmas tree recyling in 2012.  (Where does the time go?!)

Trees left for recycling must be bare – free of tinsel, not bagged, and without a stand attached.

Wreaths and garlands are wrapped in wire and cannot be left for mulch pickup.  Wreaths and garlands should be disposed of with your trash.


Christmas Tree Pickup in Cambridge

Cambridge recycled over 4700 trees last year.  Trees are chipped and spread as mulch in City landscaping projects.

Cambridge will pick up trees for mulching on your regular trash and recycle day from December 28th to January 8, 2010.


Somerville Christmas Tree Recycling

Somerville picks up trees for mulching during January.  After January trees that are left out will be picked up as regular trash.  For more information call the Somerville DPW at 617-666-3311.


Arlington Christmas Tree Pickup Schedule 

Leave your Christmas tree in Arlington curbside for recycling on your regular trash day during the week of January 11 to 15, 2010. 


Watertown Christmas Tree Recylcing

Xmas trees will be picked up curbside during January and chipped for recycling.  Call the Watertown DPW at 617-972-6420 for more information.


 Medford Christmas Tree Disposal

In Medford you can put your tree on the curb on your regular trash pickup day.  Supposedly Waste Management brings trees to a compost facility. 


Belmont Christmas Tree Pickup

Unfortunately in Belmont trees are left out with the trash and are not recylced. 


Don’t see your Massachusetts town listed here or missed your local Christmas tree recycling pickup?  Here’s a link to a local landscaping company that accepts organic materials for dropoff.  I’m not sure of costs entailed – and they sell mulch too – call Landscape Express in Woburn at 781-933-3818 for more info.

It’s really too bad that some towns don’t turn Christmas trees into compost.  Some Boy Scout troops are starting tree pickup projects where, for a small donation, Scouts will come by and pick up trees for recycling.  If you can’t get  your town on board with turning trees into mulch perhaps a project by the Boy Scouts would be well received.

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Turn Your Cambridge Yard Into a Wildlife Habitat

Certified Wildlife Habitat in Cambridge

Certified Wildlife Habitat in Cambridge


When I spotted this sign in the Agassiz neighborhood during our weekly tour of new Cambridge real estate listings I couldn’t help but be intrigued. How did this city yard become a Certified Wildlife Habitat?

Turns out it’s a program from the National Wildlife Federation, which I know best as the publishers of Ranger Rick, my brother’s favorite magazine when he was a kid and nature buff.

To qualify your yard – no matter how small – as a Certified Wildlife Habitat you’ll need:

  • Food sources
  • Water sources
  • Places for cover
  • Places to raise young
  • Sustainable gardening

Read more about the Certified Wildlife Habitat program.

It sounds like a fun and rewarding project for the whole family.  I’m planning on adding a bird bath to my yard as I work my way through the steps.

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Belmont Recycling Restrictions

Recycling In BelmontIt seems that many towns and cities are tightening recycling restrictions in response to recycling facilities cracking down on contaminated loads.  Belmont, Massachusetts has posted the new regulations on the Town of Belmont website.   

Recycling regulations for Belmont:

Comingled Containers

“Comingling” means that metal, plastic and glass containers can be mixed in your recycling bin. Containers must be clean and rinsed.

Acceptable Containers

  • Plastic containers marked 1-7
  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles and jars – clear or colored
  • Aluminum foil, trays and pie plates

Examples Of Unnacceptable Materials

  • Plastic chairs
  • Children’s toys and play equipment
  • Laundry baskets
  • Swimming pools
  • Window glass
  • Mirrors
  • Pyrex
  • Ceramics
  • Etc.

Paper and Corrugated Cardboard

Acceptable Paper

Paper should be placed in brown bags next to your recycling bin

  • Office paper including colored paper, computer paper, fax paper and post-its
  • File folders
  • Catalogues
  • Envelopes with or without windows
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Telephone books
  • Paperboard
  • Junk mail
  • Chipboard (ex: cereal boxes, shoe boxes)
  • Kraft paper bags

Rules For Corrugated Cardboard

  • Must be free of moisture barrier and wax content
  • Cardboard must be flattened and cut into pieces no larger than 2 ft. by 2 ft.
  • Cardboard can be included with other paper recyclables in brown paper bags or tied with string in bundles

Materials Not Accepted For Recycling

  • Hardcover books
  • Contaminated paper
  • Carbon paper
  • Mylar
  • Wax paper
  • Waxed corrugated cardboard
  • Tyvek envelopes
  • Photograph paper
  • Paper towels
  • Hanging folders
  • Pizza boxes
  • Foam packaging
  • Plastic bags
  • Garbage and rubbish

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Somerville Tightens Recycling Regulations

Recycling in SomervilleThe City of Somerville has cracked down on recycling requirements.  Get it right or you’ll be bringing a full bin back into the house!

Prices paid for recyclables have plunged and recycling materials contaminated  by banned items can cause entire loads to be rejected by the recycling facilities.  Read the rest of this entry »

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