Newburyport Recycling – Simple Tips to Help Save Money for Our City!

By Elizabeth de Veer, Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
Newburyport Recycling

Newburyport Recycling provides an important service that allows community members to actively participate in minimizing our waste and, in turn, reflects how much we value a healthy environment. However, due to shifting policies overseas, the neighborhood recycling rules are changing, and Newburyport Recycling needs citizens to learn the new guidelines. Take a few minutes to become aware, and adjust the way you recycle. When the community supports the recycling process by following the rules, we save the city money that can be invested elsewhere.

Did you know … recycling companies assess carts of materials submitted for recycling? If more than 10% of the materials are considered trash, the city is subject to an additional 10% contamination fine on top of the recycling cost per barrel. That adds up fast!

Curbside recycling carts LOVE: empty bottles, jars, and containers made of metal, plastic and glass from the kitchen, laundry and bath, and paper and flattened cardboard. All of these things must be CLEAN – carefully rinse out food containers, like yogurt cups. Pizza boxes that aren’t too greasy and have no food or liners in them can be recycled.

Curbside recycling says NO THANKS to: recyclables in bags, loose plastic bags and plastic wrap, containers still containing food or liquids, clothing and linens, and “tanglers” – hoses, wires, chains, strings of lights, etc.

Some things can’t go into curbside recycling but can be brought to the Newburyport Recycling Center on Colby Farm Lane on the first Saturday of every month from 8 am to noon. This list includes: metal/aluminum siding, scrap metal, pots & pans, utensils (silverware, cooking utensils) and tools. If in doubt, throw it out!

Try at home:

  • Review this flyer showing what goes into curbside recycling and what does not. If anything on that list surprises you, make a list to post above your kitchen recycling bin, download a reference postcard or pick one up at City Hall.
  • Get the kids involved! Invite them to pitch in by reading the flyer and helping around the house to make sure that recycling not only gets done but gets done right.
  • Talk to your neighbors. The community wins when everybody makes the effort to become more aware of the DOs and DON’Ts.
  • Set up a backyard composting bin for vegetable scraps and garden waste. These can be used to create “compost tea” that can really help your garden. If you don’t know where to start, try this composting guide for beginners. Composting bins are available from the city at a great discount – and Newburyport has a subscription curbside compost program.
  • Sign up for a free home visit! Contact City Hall’s Recycling, Energy, and Sustainability Office at (978) 465-4410 or email and a member of the recycling team will come with a short presentation and be able to address all your questions for all members of your household.

Newburyport Recycling has employed a team of cart checkers to review curbside recycling carts and make sure all are complying. Team members will let residents know what they are doing wrong by leaving tags on carts. If a cart has multiple infractions, that cart will not be picked up until it is brought into compliance. For more information, check out this list of hard to dispose items, and recycling program basics.

Let’s become aware, get active, and get busy recycling the right way. Recycling Right benefits the whole community! Make sure to mark your calendar for the Newburyport Green Expo, on April 11th where you can lean many ways that we can all help protect the environment.

Waterfront Park

By Joe, Joe

Newburyport’s Waterfront Park

You’ll be having some fun down at the boardwalk

Experience the Sunrise at Waterfront Park

Newburyport Waterfront Park is positioned in the center of downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts.

A perfect green space, Waterfront Park has a great boardwalk that runs along the Merrimack River and plenty of benches to stop and enjoy the waterfront views and boating activity.

Waterfront Park also plays hosts to a variety of exercise classes, the occasional summer wedding and plenty of live entertainment from local theater performances to world class bands during Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming and Riverfront Music Festival.

As part of an Urban Renewal Project in the 60’s, Waterfront Park was taken by eminent domain by the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority (NRA) and is now maintained and managed by the Newburyport Waterfront Trust, a team of five Trustees appointed by the Mayor. The duty of the Trust is to, “Keep the public ways and Boardwalk “open” for the benefit of the general public.”

Some have expressed interest in a new vision for the park as seen in this Waterfront Master Plan by Union Studio Architecture and Design. In this design the park would increase in size with the addition of two three-story mixed-used buildings and more parking, costing a developer an estimated $30 million.

Citizens for an Open Waterfront remain in support of open views of the Merrimack River including recreational activities like volleyball and a wading pool, as well as improved parking, however the group rejects the proposed buildings as the centerpiece of the design.

Waterfront Park

Downtown Newburyport (behind the Firehouse Center of the Arts on Market Street)

Newburyport, MA 01950


Managed by the Newburyport Waterfront Trust

Special events that require use of any portion of the Waterfront Park require approval. Park Use Application

Hollywood Discovers Avita of Newburyport

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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A Hollywood film is midway through a five-week shoot that has turned the lower floor of a local assisted-living facility into a mini-movie studio, complete with film sets and editing, writing, and production rooms.

Avita of Newburyport, the new memory-care facility adjacent to Anna Jaques Hospital, beat out ten Boston-area locations to provide the real-life setting for “The Last Poker Game,” the story of two assisted-living residents who strike up an unlikely friendship. The movie features a star-studded cast including Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Paul Sorvino (best known for his role in “Goodfellas”), and – announced just last week – Maria Dizzia of “Orange is the New Black.”

The film crew has taken over all 24 apartments on Avita’s lower floor, which has yet to open its doors to residents. The apartments serving as film sets have been redecorated in a 1940s style to reflect the tastes of the movie’s main characters, and others have been commandeered for wardrobe, makeup, and other production needs.

While the shoot is focusing primarily on Avita property, it has also ventured into other parts of the city, shooting scenes on High Street, Atkinson Common and, most recently, Market Street.

Why Newburyport? First ask, why Avita? “The vibe…really fits what we are looking for,” co-producer Marshall Johnson recently told the Daily News. “It is a welcoming place; we want the characters to feel welcome at a time in their life when they are feeling pretty fragile.”

Once Avita had been singled out as the perfect location for the residential scenes, the film’s producers realized they’d lucked into a fantastic surrounding community as well. “We found a lot of little pockets in Newburyport that really work,” Johnson said.

Film co-producer Eddie Rubin agrees, telling the Daily News, “I was driving up State Street and I was snapping pictures and sending them to my wife saying, ‘Oh my God, you are not going to believe it,’ this town is fantastic. The old, red brick buildings, it is the quaint perfect little town and everyone has been so nice here.”

That initial warm, fuzzy feeling was mutual, judging from the reaction at Avita. “We’re bursting at the seams to announce that a film shoot is underway at Avita of Newburyport!” the facility posted on its Facebook page November 6. “Avita residents, families and associates are just so excited!”

So, how has the movie shoot impacted Avita residents now that we’re a couple weeks in? “They’ve been wonderful guests,” says Gerry Gallin, the facility’s executive director. “They’ve not disturbed one minute of our daily lives, and they have been very respectful of our residents.”

It helps to have a small footprint, notes Johnson. “We only have two trucks and we don’t have any star trailers,” he told the Daily News. “So, for us, we want to get in and get out…and be respectful of the people.”

Another major point in the production’s favor, as far as Avita is concerned, is the conscientious effort to present a realistic view of people struggling with memory issues resulting from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Howard Weiner, the film’s writer and director, is a doctor of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Avita’s Gallin has only good things to say about the film’s director, producers, and crew. “It’s been a blast!” she says. “And they love it here, too. They’ve been utilizing all the amenities Newburyport has to offer, including restaurants and shops.” Gallin notes that one of the movie’s main actors has chosen to live in Newburyport for the duration of the shoot.

Gallin, who herself moved to Newburyport from Needham last year, understands the feeling. “We’re very fortunate to live here,” she says. “I just hope it doesn’t get too popular!”

Now that Hollywood has “discovered” Newburyport, it might be time to get ready for our close-up.

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