Six Residents Sought to Serve on Watertown’s New Solid Waste & Recycling Committee

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Watertown DPW

The City of Watertown sent out the following announcement:

City Manager Michael J. Driscoll is seeking six (6) Watertown citizens interested in serving on
the Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee.

The Honorable City Council adopted Resolution 2022-01, a Resolution to Establish a Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee at their January 11, 2022 meeting. The City of Watertown has established a Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee in response to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s aggressive goals of the Commonwealth’s Solid Waste Master Plan to reduce disposal statewide by 30 percent from 2020 to 2030, and sets a long-term goal of achieving a 90 percent reduction in disposal statewide by 2050.

The Committee’s responsibilities are defined as follows:

a. Research and make recommendations relating to recycling and reduction of solid waste
so that Watertown can meet the Commonwealth’s Solid Waste Master Plan milestones.

b. Develop and engage in communication, education, and community outreach to increase
public awareness for recycling and reduction of solid waste, including Watertown Public
Schools, the Farmers Market, Faire in the Square, and other venues.

c. Identify, manage, and implement community-based initiatives to divert material from
the waste stream, such as “Buy Nothing” groups, repair workshops, and corporate
partners that collect non-recyclable waste to turn it into raw material to be used in new
products.

d. At the direction of the Superintendent performs other tasks for the implementation of best
practices for recycling and reduction of solid waste in accordance with the
Commonwealth’s Solid Waste Master Plan milestones.

e. Make an annual progress report to the City Council’s Public Works Committee.

The Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee will consist of six (6) Watertown residents
who will serve staggered three-year terms, with two expiring each year, to be appointed by the
City Manager and confirmed by the City Council

Applicants should submit a letter of interest accompanied by a resume or other information
concerning background or experience by Friday, January 28, 2022: by email to
citymgr@watertown-ma.gov or City Manager’s Office, 149 Main Street, Watertown,
Massachusetts 02472.

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