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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Buddy can you spare a used Kleenex?

NEWTON

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Mayor Dave Cohen and his new Buddy [Photo: City of Newton]

It sounds more like the name of a garage band, or maybe a 12-step group led by Oscar the Grouch, but "Trash Buddies" are actually the latest weapon against wasteful waste being deployed by the city of Newton.

Mayor David Cohen recently showed off the small, clip-on attachment for those common blue recycling baskets, saying they will now be used in all city offices. The city received them as a gift from Harvard University officials, who bought too many during a recent renovation project.

Since the trash bin is smaller, the idea is that the user will be encouraged to recycle more and throw away less. Which is a good thing, Cohen said, since it costs the city $131 per ton for trash haulage, while the city can earn $45 for every ton of recyclables.

-- Connie Paige

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