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Looks Like We Need Another Recycling Bin…

Last Friday was the third time that our recycling bin has vanished (as well as our trash can lid and, three months later, our trash can, too). The disappearances have always mysteriously coincided with new neighbors moving in next door.

We’re trying to be philosophical about it. More recycling bins in our neighborhood are good. And if our new neighbors don’t know how to get one themselves, we’re providing everyone a service, right?


It’s actually really easy to get a free recycling bin in Cambridge. You can either send an email to asking that one be dropped off at your house or pick one up at the Department of Public Works front office at 147 Hampshire Street. We usually pick them up ourselves; it’s faster and easier.

Maybe our neighbors will read this and get their own? Despite all our talk of “providing a service to our neighborhood,” we’re definitely going to write our address on this bin. This is frustrating!


Comment from Erin aka Conscious Shopper
Time November 24, 2009 at 12:58 am

This cracked me up! So sorry about your bin troubles!

When we moved into our old house in Maryland, we bought a great big trash can, and the first week we used it, one of our neighbors took it. I don’t think they did it on purpose – they just got confused about which one was theirs. But since we were new to the neighborhood and were afraid of stirring up trouble, we took the chicken approach – instead of knocking on their door and asking for it, we just stole it back. Then we wrote our address all over it in black marker. It never got taken again!

Comment from Lisa @ Retro Housewife Goes Green
Time November 24, 2009 at 1:58 am

That’s no fun. I wish we could have this trouble haha. We don’t have curbside, we have to take it to a drop over.

I love Erin’s story by the way! lol

Comment from Lisa @ Retro Housewife Goes Green
Time November 24, 2009 at 1:59 am

To a drop off is what I meant lol.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time November 24, 2009 at 10:50 am

We’re the biggest chickens when it comes to any kind of confrontation, so I wouldn’t even feel comfortable stealing it back! I had some sympathy for the recycling bin thieves the first couple of times, because it’s entirely possible they emailed Cambridge asking for one, never got any sort of reply, and thought our bin was the one dropped off for them. But this is getting ridiculous!

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time November 24, 2009 at 10:54 am

My sister has to drop hers off, too. What a pain! Her town also doesn’t accept as many materials for recycling, so I’m constantly tossing in the wrong things in her bin.

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