New litter receptacles are installed on Mass Ave

The Mass Ave Clean/Green Committee has worked diligently to place new litter receptables on Mass Ave, replacing others badly worn. Co-chaired by Mick McDaniel (co-owner of Artisans Gallery) and Tracy Robertson (owner of Mass Ave Pub), the committee worked with White Construction, which in turn worked with city officials to secure permits.

White Construction donated its services to install the new trash receptacles and haul away the 30-plus-year-old rodent-accessible concrete units and other broken-down recycling boxes placed on Mass Ave.

Just getting rid of the old units is transformative, but having the nine new ones is really fabulous, said the chairs of the Mass Ave Cultural Arts District committee.

The committee’s priorities have been:

– To control an emerging rodent problem by removing rat-climbable containers, and replacing those with a combination of our nine new rodent resistant units and temporary Board of Health-furnished covered rolling carts.

– To keep the contents from getting rain-soaked and leaking across sidewalks by using lidded units with greater capacity to reduce litter overflow.

– To bolt the receptacles down in locations that intrude less into the crowded sidewalks.

The committee chairs said they will continue to seek grants and donations to buy 15 additional receptacles to replace all the temporary and open-top receptacles.

photo above: employees of White Construction work to install new trash receptacles on Mass Ave. White Construction donated its efforts to the cause.