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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.

— — Cambridge’s zero waste recycling and waste recycling initiative aims to reduce the use of paper, plastic and metals in the waste stream, and help reduce pollution.

Cities, businesses and communities can also reduce their own waste, which includes paper, paper products and packaging, said Mark Stebbins, director of Cambridge’s Waste Reduction Office.

That includes using recycled material in kitchen and bathroom products and household items.

Stebbens said he wants to see more businesses and consumers reduce their waste by reducing their use of waste products, as well as the plastic, metal and paper they use.

Stemming the waste problem has been a challenge in recent years, Stebbsins said.

He said Cambridge has one of the lowest concentrations of plastic in the country, but is a good example of how much we can do with waste, how much there is, and how we can make it a little better, he said.

Stubbs and other Cambridge officials want to see businesses adopt the idea of zero waste and encourage consumers to take more care with the material they use, Stobbs said.

The idea of recycling has been around for years, but it was not widely adopted.

The city recycles plastic and other materials, and the city recyks the paper from its landfill, he added.