This past weekend, Greenovate Boston hosted its first community yard sale. Over 25 yard sales officially participated in the event by registering online at YardSale.GreenovateBoston.org. The weekend-long event sought to promote the reuse and recycling of goods, and reduce the amount of bulk waste sent to the curb. It is one of many new steps the City is taking to help reduce solid waste and bolster recycling efforts in Boston.
“Disposing of bulk waste comes at a significant cost to the City,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Yard sales are a great way for residents to divert waste, save money, and even get to know your neighbors better.”
Many of the sales turned into neighborhood events. Talbot-Norfolk Triangle organized a multi-family yard sale on a vacant lot at Southern Ave and Darlington St. All day Saturday, this otherwise under-utilized spaced was transformed into a neighborhood gathering spot centered around family’s yard sales. A near by church even set up a fish fry, providing sellers and shoppers with some delicious eats!
Anyone who has ever moved, or just attempted to clean out an attic, garage, basement or closet, knows how much stuff we can accumulate over a short period of time. Finding a second home (that isn’t a landfill) for all that stuff is important to Boston’s over all waste reduction strategy.
All-in-all, the weekend was a huge success. We’ve gotten great feedback and we plan to host another community yard sale in the fall.