Recyclopedia

 Recycle, Reuse, and Donate List

Remember: ALWAYS call first before making a donation!

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A______________________
Aerosol Cans       
Antifreeze
Appliances
Art Supplies
Aseptic Packaging
Automobile Parts

B______________________
Batteries
Bicycle/Bicycle Tires
Books
Brita Filters
Bubble Wrap

Building Materials

C______________________
Cardboard
Cars
Car Batteries
Cell Phones
Children's Clothing, Toys
Chip Bags
Christmas Tree Lights
Christmas Trees, real
Christmas Trees
, artificial
Clothing
Computer Disks/Compact Discs
Computers - Working
Computers – Non-Working
Construction and Demolition
Containers
Cooking Oil
Cosmetics

Crayons

E______________________
Electronics
Eyeglasses

F______________________
Fire Extinguishers
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Food
Frozen Juice Containers
Furniture and Household Items

G______________________
Glass Bottles and Jars
Greeting Cards

H______________________
Household Hazardous Waste

J_____________________
Jeans
Junk Mail

K______________________
Keys

L______________________
Laptop Computer Batteries
Lawn Mowers

M______________________
Medical Waste
Metal, scrap

Metal Cans
Milk Cartons

Motor Oil
Musical Instruments

P______________________
Paint
Pantyhose and Nylons

Paper Products
Paper Take Out Containers
Pasta Sauce Jars
Pet Toys, Supplies
Plastics, Rigid
Plastic Bags
Plastic Bottles

Prescription Bottles, empty
Prescriptions, unused
Printer/Faxes
Printer Cartridges
Propane Tanks

R______________________
Raisin Containers (cylindrical)
Rechargeable Batteries
Records, Vinyl
Rubber Bands

S______________________
School Supplies
Scrubs

Sharps
Smoke Detectors
Sneakers
Soap
Soap/Shampoo bottles, empty
Sponges
Sporting Goods

Styrofoam
Styrofoam Packaging (EPS)
Styrofoam Trays

T______________________
Textiles (see Clothing)
Thermometers/Thermostats (Mercury)

Tires
Toilets
Tools
Tooth Brushes
Trophies
TVs
Tyvek ® envelopes

U______________________
Umbrellas

V______________________
Video Cassette Tapes
Vinyl Siding

W_____________________
Water Cooler Bottles
Wine Corks
Wire Hangers

Y______________________
Yard Waste
Yoga Mats


 

Aerosol Cans 

Accepted curbside in green recycling cart: remove cap and, place in Green Recycling Cart when empty, or bring it down to the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave.

Antifreeze

Residents: Please bring to Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave

Appliances - Working

AMERICAN FAMILY THRIFT
(781) 769-7430, Contact: Jim Sherman
Accepts working appliances, vehicles, furniture, and household items.

GOODWILL
(617) 445-1010, 1010 Harrison Ave, Boston MA 02119 

HABITAT RESTORE
(617) 423-2223 x13, 1580 VFW Parkway, W.Roxbury, MA restore@habitatboston.org
Accepts donations of new and gently-used building materials, home improvement items, appliances, and furniture and resells them to the public at discounted prices. All sales benefit Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston and are used to help low-income families build and purchase affordable homes in our area. All donations must be pre-approved and are tax-deductable. Please e-mail photos of offered donations (be sure to include quantities and your contact information) or call and leave a message.

SALVATION ARMY
Large Quantities :
Call (781) 231-0803 between 8am-4pm Mon-Sat to arrange for pick up; ask for "Donations."
All donations are accepted at the discretion of the driver. Pick ups are done between 9am-5:30pm, Mon-Sat. Washing machines, dryers and refrigerators must be 7 years old or newer and in working condition.

The following items are not accepted:
- No dishwashers unless portable.
- No gas dryers
- No gas stoves

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
(800) 820-7837, 1524 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132
There is a minimum of three pieces for pick-up. Refrigerators must be less than 5 years old and in working condition. No stoves accepted.

Appliances - Non-Working

Residents: Accepted in Appliance and Electronic Recycling Program.

Art Supplies

EXTRAS FOR CREATIVE LEARNING/EXCL RECYCLE CENTER
(781)599-9939, 20 Wheeler St, Suite 302, Lynn MA
open Wednesday and Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday from 11am-5pm, and Saturday from 10am-4pm
Accepts art supplies, fabrics, yarn, buttons, and office supplies.

Aseptic Packaging

Milk cartons; orange juice cartons; soy milk containers; drink boxes, etc.  Accepted curbside in green recycling cart: rinse, flatten and place in green recycling cart.

Automobile Parts

CARROLL’S USED AUTO PARTS, (781)861-6060, 700 Waltham St., Lexington, MA

NISSENBAUM’S AUTO PARTS, (866)776-0194, 480 Columbia Street, Somerville, MA  

Batteries

Alkaline batteries can be disposed of with regular household trash. Alkaline batteries made in the USA after 1994 do not contain mercury and are safe to dispose with trash. Duracell and Energizer stopped using mercury in 1984. Batteries with a green tree logo or the words “no added mercury” or “zero mercury added” are safe to dispose with the trash.

Accepted at Staples, RadioShack, Office Depot, BestBuy, and many hardware stores. Visit Call 2 Recycle for the location nearest you to recycle rechargeable batteries.

Residents: Non-Alkaline Batteries accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave including Lithium Ion, Lead Acid, Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Mercury and Silver Oxide batteries.

Bicycle/ Bicycle Tires

BIKES NOT BOMBS (BICYCLE RECYCLING CENTER )
(617) 442-0004, 59 Amory Street #103, Roxbury, MA, 02119 mail@bikesnotbombs.org
Call first. Accepts Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 pm ; Saturday 12:00-6:00 pm. Will except bicycles or bicycle parts, even if they are not in working condition. They do not accept women's 10-speed.

ROLL IT FORWARD
Through partnerships with a variety of bicycle stores, this Boston Bikes program will accept your used bicycle for reuse.  Visit their website for particpating stores and what is accepted.

Books

AUBURNDALE LIBRARY
(617) 552-7158, 375 Auburn St. Auburndale, MA 02466. The Friends of the Auburndale Library need your books! They can be dropped off Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5 pm or on Saturday from 10am-12pm at 375 Auburn St. Please call for more information or to arrange for a pick up 617.796.1386
 
EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
(888)322-8209 Provides drop-off locations and also does curbside pick ups.  Accepts clothing, media, housewares, bedding, electronics, furniture, sporting goods, musical instruments and more.  All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.  Please see website for accepted materials and how to donate.

GOT BOOKS?
(978) 416-8288, 104 Glenn Street, Suite 1, Lawrence, MA 01843
Our mission at Got Books is to find new uses for used books people no longer know what to do with or have a use for. We are dedicated to finding good homes for your books, CDs, and DVDs so that they can be reused and kept out of the trash.  You can also visit many of their drop off locations, click here to find one close to you.

MORE THAN WORDS
(781) 788-0035, 376 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453. MTW depends on your books, CD's, DVD's, and Video Games donations to grow, thrive and employ and empower youth! MTW is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, café, and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood. 

Brita Filters

PRESERVE: GIMME 5 at Newtonville Whole Foods
(617) 965-2070, 647 Washington St. Newton, MA 02458
Drop your dry Brita Filters in the Preserve: Gimme 5 box located in the Newtonville Whole Foods Market located on Washington St or you can mail them to their Headquarters.  Preserve also cells great eco-friendly house hold products, check under toothbrushes.

Bubble Wrap

See 'Plastic Bags'

Building Materials

Please see our Construction and Demolition Reuse and Recycling Guide for additional resources.

BOSTON BUILDING RESOURCES
(617) 442-2262, 100 Terrace Street, Roxbury, MA 02120
Visit their website or call for open hours. Will accept a large variety of surplus building materials. Materials include all types of flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops, sinks and faucets, all bathroom fixtures, most types of windows, doors (no doors with lead paint), door hinges and locks, light fixtures, and plywood and gypsum wallboard. Please call to find out whether your surplus materials are acceptable.

HABITAT RESTORE
(617) 423-2223 x13, 1580 VFW Parkway, W.Roxbury, MA restore@habitatboston.org
Accepts donations of new and gently-used building materials, home improvement items, and furniture and resells them to the public at discounted prices. All sales benefit Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston and are used to help low-income families build and purchase affordable homes in our area. All donations must be pre-approved and are tax-deductable. Please e-mail photos of offered donations (be sure to include quantities and your contact information) or call and leave a message.

Cardboard

Accepted curbside in green recycling cart: cut and fold, to fit into green recycling cart or, bring down to the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave .

Cars

MA SPECIAL OLYMPICS – RECYCLE FOR GOLD PROGRAM
State residents may call 1-800-590-1600.
Will tow unwanted cars in any condition for free. Cars are completely recycled down to the remaining gas, oil, and antifreeze. The recycled materials are then sold for cash, which goes to benefit programs for over 8,500 MA Special Olympics athletes. Vehicle donors may also be eligible for a tax deduction, and the environment benefits from being spared the harmful effects from improperly disposed of vehicles.

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA
(617) 522-8088 Fax (617) 524-8537, 441 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Visit website for more information. Donate your early '90s or newer vehicle to this non-profit organization and help support their programs for at-risk youth, adults in recovery from substance abuse, elders in need of housing, and mental health services. Towing is free and your donation is tax deductible. (Motorcycles, boats and RVs are also accepted.)

WHEELS FOR WISHES
1-855-692-9474
At Wheels For Wishes, our charity vehicle donation program turns cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, and even boats into wishes for local children. We are a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We are proud to offer an easy and convenient alternative to selling or trading in your vehicle. You will also receive free pick up and towing and the maximum possible tax deduction for your vehicle donation.

GOOD NEWS GARAGE
(877) 448-3288 GNG is a nonprofit that works to provide affordable and reliable transportation to people in need throughout New England.

AMERICAN FAMILY THRIFT
1-888-870-0422, Contact: Jim Sherman
Accepts working appliances, vehicles, furniture, and household items to assist families in Massachusetts.

Car Batteries

ATLAS JUNK COMPANY
(617) 666-8440, 475 Columbia Street, Somerville
Give approximately $1.00 for every two car batteries.

SOMERSET JUNK COMPANY
(617) 625-4808, 508 Columbia Street, Somerville
Gives $.50-.60 per pound for copper batteries and $.30-.$40 per pound for aluminum batteries.

Residents: Accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave during open hours

Cell Phones

Accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave and Newton City Hall

RECYCLING FOR CHARITIES (866) 630-7477 is one of the only 501(c)(3) non profits that recycles cell phones for charity benefits.   Recycling for Charities allows you chose which charity you want the profits from your cell phone to go to.  You can also send in your broken iPods, PDAs, Cameras, and laptops.

HOPE PHONES (512) 333-5132 or info@hopephones.org
is also a great charity helping doctors in medical clinics in developing countries stay in touch with their patients.  When an old phone is received, it is sold to buy new useable phones for clinic workers.  These new cell phones allow doctors to help a greater amount of people, cut down on travel time, and put more money toward medicine.  Go to their website to print out your pre-made shipping label.

STAPLES and BEST BUY
Recycle PDA’s, cell phones, and digital cameras for free.  Drop off your phone at the service desk in any of their stores.

TARGET (617) 924-6574 550 Arsenal St, Watertown Accepts MP3 players, cell phones at all store locations. As well as aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, plastic bags, and ink cartridges.

REPLAY’D
(617) 202-5817 252 Brighton Ave. Allston, MA
Sells, repairs and buys a multitude of electronics.  Recycles any type of electronics, except for CRT monitors, free of charge.

Check with other retailers, such as RadioShack, Office Depot.

Drop Off /Buy Back Options
Next time you are buying a new cell phone, ask your wireless provider if they recycle old phones. 

CD's

See ' Computer disks '

Children's Clothing, Toys

CRADLES TO CRAYONS BOSTON
(617)779.4700, 155 North Beacon St, Brighton, MA 02135
Support kids in need with essential items for growth. Accepts new arts and craft supplies, school supplies and gently used kids clothing and toys.  Check their website for a full list of items they accept.  You can drop off any donations at their headquarters in Brighton.

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
(888)322-8209 Provides drop-off locations and also does curbside pick ups.  Accepts clothing, media, housewares, bedding, electronics, furniture, sporting goods, musical instruments and more.  All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.  Please see website for accepted materials and how to donate.

Chip Bags

Cannot be recycled, place in trash.

TERRACYCLE.NET
(609) 393-4252 or customersupport@terracycle.net
If you are interested in recycling them, sign up with Terracycle.net.  Terracycle recycles products ranging from chip bags to solo cups and then reuses them to make new products.  Once you have filled up a box with your trash you can download a shipping label and mail it to their facilities.

Christmas Tree Lights

HOLIDAY LEDS
If you are in the market for new Christmas lights send Holiday LEDS your old set of Christmas lights and they will give you a coupon off your next purchase.  This program runs seasonally so check to make sure the program is running. 

CHRISTMAS LIGHT SOURCE
The Christmas Light Source sells your old incandescent lights to a local recycling facility and donates the proceeds to the Marine Toys for Tots foundation.

Christmas Trees

Residents: The City of Newton picks up Christmas trees for recycling during the 1st two weeks of January on your collection day. Trees must be free of decorations. Click here for more information.  

Christmas Trees, Plastic

Donate them to Salvation Army or Goodwill.

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
(888)322-8209 Provides drop-off locations and also does curbside pick ups.  Accepts clothing, media, housewares, bedding, electronics, furniture, sporting goods, musical instruments and more.  All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.  Please see website for accepted materials and how to donate.

Clothing

Accepted at the Recycling Depot during open hours and in clothing donation containers located in parking lots throughout the community.  All types of textiles, including shoes and belts and stuffed animals, can be recycled.  All clothing, fabric, and household textiles (tablecloths, sheets) collected must be clean and dry, but it is okay if they are ripped, stained or damaged.  No wet, mildewy textiles.  No items contaminated with oil, paint, or hazardous materials. (Click here for more information on recycling textiles in Massachusetts)

BOOMERANGS/AIDS ACTION COMMITTEE
(617) 323-0262, 1870 Centre St. West Roxbury, MA
Accepts donations of furniture, clothing, housewares, books, CDs, giftware, and more. Proceeds are used by AIDS Action for AIDS education and prevention programs, as well as to directly assist people living with HIV/AIDS. They also have locations in Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, and Boston.

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
(888)322-8209 Provides drop-off locations and also does curbside pick ups.  Accepts clothing, media, housewares, bedding, electronics, furniture, sporting goods, musical instruments and more.  All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.  Please see website for accepted materials and how to donate.

See also Jeans.

Computer Disks/Compact Discs

BEST BUY Accept CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs at stores

GREEN DISK provides a mail-in service for recycling electronic devices and their cases. GreenDiskaccepts many forms of “techno-trash” and their cases such as zip disks, CDs, cassette tapes, video tapes etc. For a full listing of GreenDisk’s accepted products, see their website

(Donation) SAVERS (617) 323-8231, 1230 VFW Pkwy. West Roxbury, MA
also accepts clothes, housewear, and other forms of media.  For more locations click here

(Donation) MORE THAN WORDS
(781) 788-0035, 376 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453. MTW depends on your books, CD's, DVD's, and Video Games donations to grow, thrive and employ and empower youth! MTW is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, café, and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood.

(Reuse) GOT BOOKS?
(978) 416-8288, 104 Glenn Street, Suite 1, Lawrence, MA 01843. Our mission at Got Books is to find new uses for used books people no longer know what to do with or have a use for. We are dedicated to finding good homes for your books, CDs, DVDs and videos so that they can be reused and kept out of the trash.  You can also visit many of their drop off locations, click here to find one close to you.

(Donation) EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
(888)322-8209 Provides drop-off locations and also does curbside pick ups.  Accepts clothing, media, housewares, bedding, electronics, furniture, sporting goods, musical instruments and more.  All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.  Please see website for accepted materials and how to donate.

Computers - Working

Working computers may be donated to many organizations that have different programs to transform old or surplus computer and peripheral equipment into functional and useful computer systems for non-profit agencies and persons with low income. Donations are accepted at:

TECSCHANGE - TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
83 Highland Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 963-0262 - donations@tecschange.org

Please call or email first.
Accepts donations from individuals, local companies, and other institutions. Computers should be less than 5 years old, complete, but not necessarily in working order. Donated equipment is refurbished by skilled volunteers and provided, along with technical support, to grassroots community organizations in the Cambridge-Boston area. Equipment is also donated to grassroots NGO's abroad. Laptops (less than 7 years old) are especially useful for groups that do human rights advocacy. Donated equipment is also needed for their computer repair classes. These classes are taught by high-tech volunteers and graduating students can take home a computer that they have refurbished themselves.

GOOD WILL (617) 445-1010, 1010 Harrison Ave, Boston MA 02119
Accepts working computers only. 

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
(888)322-8209 Provides drop-off locations and also does curbside pick ups.  Accepts clothing, media, housewares, bedding, electronics, furniture, sporting goods, musical instruments and more.  All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.  Please see website for accepted materials and how to donate.

YOUTHBUILD BOSTON
(617) 445-8887, 504 Dudley St., Boston, MA 02119
YouthBuild Boston (YBB) provides opportunities for young people to build career and life skills via innovative, hands-on training programs in the building trades, including green building and sustainable landscape design. YBB also operates The Designery, an after school architecture workshop for high school students. Donations of working computers and peripherals are used by students for computer literacy/training and by administrative staff. To ensure compatibility with our network and software, we ask that computers meet or exceed the following specifications: 1.6 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 40GB hard drive. (updated 9/30/2010)

            You can find more listings online at: 
            MA Department of Environmental Protection's electronics recycling page or EPA's eCycling page

Computers – Non-Working

Computer monitors and televisions contain lead, mercury, cadmium and other hazardous substances. They are banned from landfills and incinerators in MA and must be recycled.
There are many retail stores that accept consumer electronics for recycling. Visit the MA DEP's website or EPAs eCycling page for more information about Computer Recycling.


BEST BUY

Accepts computers, VCRs, DVD players, printers, MP3 players, stereos, alarm clocks, PDAs, cell phones and digital cameras, toner and ink cartridges, and rechargeable batteries for FREE. Computer monitors and TVs that are less than 32" are accepted for a $25 fee. Look here for store locations nearby. 

MORGAN MEMORIAL GOODWILL
Reconnect is a residential computer recycling program that offers you an easy convenient and responsible way to recycle your used computer equipment. It's free, and you'll get a receipt for tax purposes. What's more, you'll be helping protecting the environment and benefiting your community at the same time. Accepted materials: Monitors, Scanners, Mice, Printers, Keyboards, Laptop Batteries, Ink/Toner Cartridges, Computers, Hard Drives, Speakers, Cords & Cables. You can drop off any brand of used computer equipment at participating Goodwill donation centers in your area. There is a trailer at the Newton Resource Recovery Center (115 Rumford Ave., Auburndale). 

STAPLES
Many products are FREE to recycle, including desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, shredders, UPS devices, cell phones, digital cameras, and GPS devices. Staples does not accept TVs or monitors. Check here for nearby locations. 

Click here for a full list of electronics take-back programs.

Residents: Schedule a curbside collection for TVs and appliances. A $25 charge for the first TV or appliance, plus an additional $18 for each additional TV, must be paid at City Hall prior to scheduling a curbside pickup. 

Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste

click here for our C&D guide

Containers; Plastic, Glass and Metal

All containers must be rinsed before placing in green recycling cart. Also accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave during open hours.
Accepted plastic, glass, and metal containers include:

      • Plastic bottles with opening smaller than the base "check for the neck" , leave caps ON
      • Plastic food tubs (cottage cheese, margarine, yogurt, etc.)
      • Food jars (such as peanut butter, mayonnaise)
      • Glass bottles/jars (any color)
      • Aluminum (pie plates/trays/foil)
      • Clean metal cans (tin/steel/aluminum, empty aerosol)
      • Milk and juice cartons; juice boxes; milk jugs; bleach, detergent, shampoo bottles

Cooking oil

Small Quantities: Pour into a can or jar with lid, store until full and place in trash.  Large Quantities: Free collection from restaurants through the MA Alternative Fuel Foundation. See additional waste oil collection companies on the City of Newton licensed hauler list.

Cosmetics

ORIGINS
Bring your empty cosmetic tubes, bottles and jars, etc. - regardless of brand - to your nearest Origins retail store or department store counter nationwide (excluding Nordstrom's). All returned packaging will be sent back to a central location where products will be recycled or used for energy recovery.

Crayons

CRAZY CRAYONS
(800) 561-0922, 721 Village Road, Pelican Lake, WI 54463
Accepts unwanted crayons for recycling. You don't have to do anything to the crayons! Just collect, box, and ship them as they are. 

Electronics

BEST BUY
Accepts computers, VCRs, DVD players, printers, MP3 players, stereos, alarm clocks, PDAs, cell phones and digital cameras, toner and ink cartridges, and rechargeable batteries for FREE. Computer monitors and TVs that are less than 32" are accepted for a $25 fee. Look here for store locations nearby. 

MORGAN MEMORIAL GOODWILL
Reconnect is a residential computer recycling program that offers you an easy convenient and responsible way to recycle your used computer equipment. It's free, and you'll get a receipt for tax purposes. What's more, you'll be helping protecting the environment and benefiting your community at the same time. Accepted materials: Monitors, Scanners, Mice, Printers, Keyboards, Laptop Batteries, Ink/Toner Cartridges, Computers, Hard Drives, Speakers, Cords & Cables. You can drop off any brand of used computer equipment at participating Goodwill donation centers in your area. There is a trailer at the Newton Resource Recovery Center (115 Rumford Ave., Auburndale). 

STAPLES
Many products are FREE to recycle, including desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, shredders, UPS devices, cell phones, digital cameras, and GPS devices. Check here for nearby locations. 

TARGET
Accepts MP3 players and cell phones at all store locations. Aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, plastic bags, and ink cartridges are also accepted. 
Check here for locations nearby. 

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
(888)322-8209 Provides drop-off locations and also does curbside pick ups.  Accepts clothing, media, housewares, bedding, electronics, furniture, sporting goods, musical instruments and more.  All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.  Please see website for accepted materials and how to donate.

REPLAY’D

252 Brighton Ave. Allston, MA 02459 (617) 202-5817
Sells, repairs and buys a multitude of electronics.  Recycles any type of electronics, except for CRT monitors, free of charge.

Check with other retailers and manufacturers, such as RadioShack, Office Depot, Sony, LG

Residents: Schedule a curbside collection or Bring to Special Friday/Saturday Collections at the Depot

You can find more listings online at:
MA Department of Environmental Protection's electronics recycling page orEPA's eCycling page

Eyeglasses

THE LIONS CLUB collects used eyeglasses for donation to Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers that are located throughout the world. The used eyeglasses are cleaned, repaired and classified by prescription. The eyeglasses are then distributed to those in need by Lions Club volunteers and other organizations hosting optical missions in developing countries. Individuals may donate used eyeglasses to Lions clubs via Lions collection boxes located at various community offices and businesses, including the Newton Senior Center at 345 Walnut St:

Offices of American Optometric Association members

Goodwill Industries stores

LensCrafters Eyewear stores

Fire Extinguishers

Most fire extinguishers are rechargeable. See yellow pages under fire equipment.

FIRE EQUIPMENT INCORPORATED
(781) 391-8050, 88 Hicks Avenue, Medford, MA
Small charge unless purchasing a new fire extinguisher

NEW ENGLAND FIRE AND SAFETY
(781) 396-3203, Located in Medford
Will accept for a fee.

Simplex Grinnel 781-828-5310

Residents: Empty fire extinguishers are accepted at Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

All fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury and therefore cannot be thrown out in the trash. Click here for information from EnergyStar. However, their use is encouraged because they are highly energy efficient. Most light bulb manufacturers now sell Non-mercury or low mercury content fluorescent light bulbs.

Accepted at local hardware stores, such as Home Depot and Lowe's. Visit Earth911.org for a location near you.

Residents: Accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave during open hours.

Food

Donate edible food

BREAD & JAMS
(617) 441-3831, 1151 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA
Daytime shelter accepts food donations. Food must be unspoiled and packaged in unopened cans, jars or dry boxes.

PINE STREET INN
(617) 892-7777, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA

FINDAFOODPANTRY.ORG


Start composting at home!

See also Cooking oil

Frozen Juice Containers

Are made of "wet strength" paper, a type of paper that is not compatible with most paper making processes. Dispose of with regular trash. The metal ends on the containers can be recycled in your green cart.

Furniture and Household Items

AID TO INCARCERATED MOTHERS
(617) 536-0058, 32 Rutland Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02118
Particularly needs: dressers, desks, kitchen tables/chairs, dinning room tables/chairs, beds, mattress sets in usable condition, lights, couches, living room chairs/tables, baby accessories (chairs, cribs, car seats and high chairs), appliances (refrigerators, washers and dryers).

AMERICAN FAMILY THRIFT
(781) 769-7430, Contact: Jim Sherman
Accept working appliances, vehicles, furniture, and household items to assist families in Massachusetts.

BOOMERANGS/AIDS ACTION COMMITTEE
(617) 534-5120, 716 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Accepts clothing, housewares, electronics, and jewelry. 

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
(888)322-8209 Provides drop-off locations and also does curbside pick ups.  Accepts clothing, media, housewares, bedding, electronics, furniture, sporting goods, musical instruments and more.  All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.  Please see website for accepted materials and how to donate.

HABITAT RESTORE
(617) 423-2223 x13, 1580 VFW Parkway, W.Roxbury, MA restore@habitatboston.org
Accepts donations of new and gently-used building materials, home improvement items, appliances and furniture and resells them to the public at discounted prices. All sales benefit Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston and are used to help low-income families build and purchase affordable homes in our area. All donations must be pre-approved and are tax-deductable. Please e-mail photos of offered donations (be sure to include quantities and your contact information) or call and leave a message.

HOUSEHOLD GOODS RECYCLING OF MASSACHUSETTS (978) 635-1763, 530 Main St, Acton, MA 01720
Accepts cookware, linens, hand tools, lamps, baby items, small and large appliances, almost anything in good working condition. HGRM helps more than 300 household a month with essential household items so donations are greatly appreciated.  To see their full list go to their “items we accept” page under donate.  Pick-ups are available for more than one essential furniture or large appliance items with a donation of $25 to cover gas and insurance cost.  Call 978-635-1710 and then press 4 to schedule a pickup.  Items can also be dropped off at their headcounters in Acton.

MA COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS FURNITURE BANK
(781) 595-7570, 15 Burbier Street, Lynn, MA 01901
The Furniture Bank's mission is to assure that recently housed, extremely low-income families and individuals, have cost-free furniture and household items to help build their new homes and lives. Staff at the Furniture Bank work hard to provide beds, linens, chairs, tables, sofas, personal hygiene products and other household items, which help to begin and strengthen a stable living environment for those in need.

SALVATION ARMY
Large Quantities :
Call (781) 231-0803 between 8am-4pm Mon-Sat to arrange for pick up; ask for "Donations."
All donations are accepted at the discretion of the driver. Pick -ups are done between 9am-5:30pm, Mon-Sat. Washing machines, dryers and refrigerators must be 7 years old or newer and in working condition.

The following items are not accepted:
- No console TVs or stereos
- No yard sales leftovers
- No construction equipment
- No hospital supplies
- No rugs, unless oriental
- No waterbeds
- No encyclopedias
- No metal filing cabinets or desks
- No dishwashers unless portable.
- No metal items
- No gas dryers
- No gas stoves
- No computers.

Accepts games, toys and puzzles (must be unopened), mattresses in good condition with box springs. Mattresses must be free from stains, tears or rips.

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
(800) 820-7837, 1524 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132
Accepts furniture that is clean, usable and in good repair (no rips, stains, broken legs, etc.) There is a minimum of three pieces for pick-up. Refrigerators must be less than 5 years old and in working condition. No stoves accepted.

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
(800) 775-VETS
Accepts clothing of all types and sizes, clothing accessories, shoes, baby items, houseglassware, books, toys, bikes, stereos, radio, protable TVs, all bedding, draperies, curtains, kitchenware, usuable small furniture and rugs, small appliances, tools, jewelry, cosmetics, ALMOST ANYTHING! They will pick up at your home.

Glass Bottles and Jars

See Containers; Plastic, Glass and Metal.

Greeting Cards

St. Jude's Ranch for Children accepts used greeting cards and make them into new cards and profits benefit this non-profit that provides loving homes to abused, abandoned, neglected and other ‘at-risk' children.
Please send your all occasion used greeting cards to:
St. Jude's Ranch for Children
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV 89005-1618
For more information contact St. Jude's at info@stjudesranch.org

Household Hazardous Waste

Residents: City of Newton Household Hazardous Waste Collections

MINUTEMAN HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS COLLECTION FACILITY
(781) 862-0500 x237, Board of Health, Lexington, MA
The facility operates April thru November, with specific collection days. Fees: $35 for a half carload of material or $60 for a full carload. Please call for more information about accepted materials, specific dates and directions to the site.

CLEAN HARBORS
(781) 380-7100 x 3100, 1 Hill Ave (off Quincy Ave ), Braintree, MA
Call first. Accepts HHW from residents, charges $2.50/lb. No fire extinguishers or cylinders of any kind.

Jeans

COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN. (for schools)
Recycle your jeans into insulation. Accepts donations from schools and retailers only.

See also Clothing.

Junk Mail

Accepted curbside in green recycling cart: place in cart.

TIP: It takes more than 100 million trees a year to create all the junk mail produced in a year.  To stop or reduce the amount of junk mail you receive try these tips:

Request or Write “please do not sell my name or address” on any form to donate money, order a product or service, or warranty card.  Companies will usually respect this. 

To end credit offers from companies like Equifax, Trans Union, Experian, and Innovis Call 1-888-567-8688

For more tips check out http://www.obviously.com/

Keys

KEYS FOR KINDNESS PO Box 201, Pearl River , N.Y. 10965 keysforkindness@yahoo.com
Every key counts.

Laptop Computer Batteries

Residents: Accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave during open hours. Also see non-working computers.

Lawn Mowers

Residents: Accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave . Gas must be emptied out of tank.

Medical Waste

Place soiled bandages, disposable sheets, medical gloves in a securely fastened plastic bag before setting out with your trash.

SHARPS: Needles and Syringes CANNOT be placed in the recycling. Please use a sharps container and find out about mail in services.
Household sharps are accepted for disposal at the Health and Human Services Department at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave. Click here for more information.

Please:
DO NOT put sharp objects in any container that will be recycled or returned to a store.
DO visit a medical supply store to purchase designated sharps containers
Make sure that you keep containers with sharp objects out of reach of young children.

For more information and tips, please click here to visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's website.

MEDICATION
TAKE BACK DAY - Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal. Sponsored by the City of Newton Police Department and US Drug Enforcement Agency.   For more information, please click here or call 617.796.2146 (Police) or 617.796.1420 (Health Department) Usually held twice per year in October and April, click here for the next collection event

Metal, scrap

Accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave during open hours.
 

Metal Cans

See Containers; Plastic, Glass and Metal.

Milk Cartons

See Containers; Plastic, Glass and Metal.

Motor Oil

Recycle used oil by returning it to the point of purchase with your receipt. State law requires retailers to accept it and recycle it at no cost to you.

Residents: Accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave

Musical Instruments

BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER
(800) 483-5503 Drop-off items in their South Boston donation Bin.  They also take arts and crafts supplies, clothing, cookware, fabric, household items, working appliances, and shoes.  Bigger items must be picked up. To schedule a pick up call their pick up office at.  Pick up fees apply to many electronics so check their website or ask when scheduling a pick up. 

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
(888)322-8209 Provides drop-off locations and also does curbside pick ups.  Accepts clothing, media, housewares, bedding, electronics, furniture, sporting goods, musical instruments and more.  All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.  Please see website for accepted materials and how to donate.

Paint

TIP: If you buy only as much paint as you need to complete a project, you will save money and avoid waste. To store paint for long periods of time:
Cover the opening of the paint can with a piece of plastic wrap and seal the lid tightly. Store the can upside down and away from heat.

Ideas for leftover paint:

Apply a second coat or use for touch-up.

Stencil or sponge-paint walls or furniture.

Mix latex paint together to use as a base coat (mix interior with interior; exterior with exterior)

Give it away. Check with neighbors, friends, theater groups or community organizations to see if they could use it.

Paint a fence, shed or your doghouse.

Local Paint Donation Outlets:

BOSTON BUILDING RESOURCES
(617) 442.2262, 100 Terrace St, Roxbury MA
Accepts paint March-August, only full, unopened new cans of white. The Center also accepts materials for scraping and patching as well as paper wall coverings.

Rumford Ave Paint Exchange:
Oil and Latex paint Cans must be at least half full, less than three years old, and usable. May-October (M-F, 7:30am-2:30pm)

Small amounts of leftover paint:
If you have one inch or less of leftover latex, dry it out and discard the can with the lid off with your trash. Dry out latex paint by opening the can and letting it evaporate outdoors, away from children and pets. You can also use kitty litter to expedite the process

Oil Based Paint that is not dried out can be disposed of at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days

Pantyhose and Nylons

NO NONSENSE accepts worn pantyhose, nylons, and tights by mail and recycles them into products such as park benches and playground equipment. For more information and to download a mailing label, see the NoNonsense website. 

Paper Products

Anything contaminated with food cannot be recycled.  Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, colored paper, paperboard (cereal and shoe boxes), brown paper bags, hard and soft cover books, junk mail, envelopes of all types, and cardboard can all be recycled in the green recycling cart.

Paper Take Out Containers

Wax treated paper cannot be recycled, must be thrown away.

Pasta Sauce Jars

Rinse and place in green recycling cart.

Pet Toys, Supplies

Many pet shelters in the area are always looking for donations. Call a pet shelter close to you and inquire if they are looking for any used pet goods.

Plastics, Rigid

Rigid plastic items such as children's slides and other play equipment, plastic shelving, coolers, laundry baskets, buckets, barrels, bins, storage totes, hard plastic toys, flower pots (no soil), rigid plastic outdoor furniture, PET and PVC blister packs, etc are accepted for recycling at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave.  Please no plastic film or bags, no plastic bottles, no flexible water hoses, no hazardous material or medical waste, no oil or chemical containers, no PVC pipe or Vinyl siding.  Please click here for a brochure

Plastic Bags

Bring #2 and #4 bags back to your local grocery store for recycling (they are NOT accepted in the curbside cart). This includes dry cleaning bags, bread/produce bags, case wrap, bubble wrap, zip lock bags, and more.  See a complete list here.

TIP: Think about ways to reduce your use of plastic bags. Most major grocery stores sell reusable cloth bags and give small rebates when you use them.

Plastic Bottles

See Containers; Plastic, Glass and Metal.

Empty Prescription Bottles

Accepted curbside in green recycling cart: place in recycling cart.

Unused Prescriptions

MEDICATION TAKE BACK DAY - Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal. Sponsored by the City of Newton Police Department and US Drug Enforcement Agency.   For more information, please click here or call 617.796.2146 (Police) or 617.796.1420 (Health Department) Usually held twice per year in October and April, click here for the next collection event

Danvers Police Station, 120 Ash St, Danvers, MA (978) 774-1213
Accepts 24/7, Drop them off at the Danvers Police Station, they also take needles.

Printers/Faxes

Are accepted in Appliance/Electronic Recycling Program. 

Can also be brought to both Staples and Best Buy

See also non-working computers, TVs.

Printer Cartridges

Please bring to City Hall or Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave

Many office supply stores also accept empty cartridges for recycling and you may even get a rebate!

Propane Tanks

Please observe basic safety precautions when handling compressed gas cylinders:

Do not throw in trash.
Do not remove valve from tank
Do not vent gas; it is both a flame hazard and a source of air pollution. Keep cylinder valve closed.

Disposal Options:

Residents: Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave

IGO'S
(617) 926-2030, 205 Grove St, Watertown MA (Behind Mt. Auburn Cemetery)
$5 per tank. Only accepts 20 lb. tanks or smaller.

MINUTEMAN HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS COLLECTION FACILITY
(781) 862-0500 x237, Board of Health, 60 Hartwell Ave., Lexington, MA
Accepts propane tanks up to 22lbs. Must be sealed.

Raisin Containers (cylindrical)

Accepted as part of curbside recycling. Remove plastic lid (toss in trash), flatten, and place in your green recycling cart.

Rechargeable Batteries

See "Batteries"

Records, Vinyl

Try thrift and second hand stores for reuse.

Rubber Bands

The United States Postal Service reuses rubber bands. Bundle or bag rubber bands and:
Give to your mail carrier
Drop them in any blue mailbox
Bring them to any post office

School Supplies

Try calling Schools in the local Boston area to see if they are in need of any school supplies.  Gently used supplies are often accepted.

CRADLES TO CRAYONS BOSTON
617.779.4700, 155 North Beacon St, Brighton, MA 02135
Support kids in need with essential items for growth. Accepts new arts and craft supplies, school supplies and gently used kids clothing and toys.  Check their website for a full list of items they accept.  You can drop off any donations at their headquarters in Brighton.

Scrubs

GLOBAL LINKS, a non-profit humanitarian organization, collects gently-used scrubs that they donate to medical workers in low income communities overseas.

Sharps

see "Medical Waste"

Smoke Detectors

The most common type of smoke detector contains a small amount of Americium 241, a radioactive material. For this reason all detectors must, by law, be labeled as to radioactive content. It is legal to disposal of old smoke detectors in landfills or incinerators, or you may return them to the manufacturer for disposal. Detector companies accept returned radioactive detectors for disposal as hazardous waste. Detectors have a limited life span, usually specified at ten years. Testing your detector with actual smoke is the only way to be sure it will work when needed. For more information call 800-323-9005 or 800-387-4219. Send detectors by surface mail or UPS Ground (so they don't end up in an airplane), labeled with the words For Disposal Only $0 Value.

The vast majority of smoke detectors are made by First Alert Corporation.
Look on the back for an address.

CURIE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

SEARS
(617) 252-3500 or (781) 356-6103
Will only accept brands that are called back by manufacturer. Please call first.

Sneakers

NIKE REUSE A SHOE
Call (503) 240-2312 or visit website for locations.

Soap


CLEAN THE WORLD
(407) 576-8353
Donate your used soaps and shampoos to Clean the World.  Clean the World hopes prevent the millions of deaths every year from acute respiratory infections and diarrhea disease in developing countries. Donated soaps are disinfected, reformed, and sent to people in need. Send your soaps to the their headquarters in Orlando, Florida
info@cleantheworld.org

Empty Soap dispensers/Shampoo bottles

Accepted curbside in green recycling cart: rinse and place in green cart.

Sponges

Cannot be recycled, throw away in blue trash cart.

TIP: Try to get the most out of your sponges before throwing it away. Clean an old sponge in the dishwasher, or sprinkle on some vinegar and microwave to disinfect. Try buying a biodegradable sponge next time.

Sporting Goods

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
(888)322-8209 Provides drop-off locations and also does curbside pick ups.  Accepts clothing, media, housewares, bedding, electronics, furniture, sporting goods, musical instruments and more.  All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.  Please see website for accepted materials and how to donate.

SAVERS (617) 323-8231, 1230 VFW Pkwy. West Roxbury, MA
Also accepts clothes, housewears, and media.  For more locations click here

GOODWILL
(617) 445-1010, 1010 Harrison Ave, Boston MA 02119

SALVATION ARMY
Large Quantities :
Call (781) 231-0803 between 8am-4pm Mon-Sat to arrange for pick up; ask for "Donations."  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Styrofoam

Residents: Accepted at the Recycling Depot. Clean, white Styrofoam pieces ONLY. Must be in a plastic bag and please break up large pieces. No packing peanuts, please.

Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers maintains a mail-back program for expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging.

RECYCLETECH (201)475-5000 418 Falmouth Avenue, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407 RecycleTech’s “Pack-it-Back” mail-in EPS (and CDs, VHS tapes) recycling program is very simple: Send your EPS scrap to us, we recycle it, (keeping it out of the landfill) and then it is re-processed to make other products such as plastic picture frames, sandals, CD/DVD jewel cases, and more...

For other Drop-off locations, search listing at Plastic Loose Fill Council at  http://www.loosefillpackaging.com/

Styrofoam peanuts

MAILBOXES ETC USA

UPS STORE
Accepts clean styrofoam peanuts for reuse.

Styrofoam Trays

Large Quantities:
CONIGLIARO INDUSTRIES - (508) 872-9668

Thermometers/ Thermostats (Mercury)

Residents: Accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave during open hours. Bring mercury thermometer in an empty soda bottle. While supplies last, you can receive a digital thermometer when you turn in your mercury thermometer. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Technologies.
Visit the EPA's website on mercury thermometers for a list of frequently asked questions and information about what to do if a thermometer breaks.

Tires

Residents:click here to schedule a bulky item pick up. Limit of 2 tires per week, no rims.

The following companies take 1-4 tires for a fee:

ADVANCED TIRE
(617) 864-8989, 185 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Charges $3.00 per tire.

CENTURY TIRE COMPANY
(617) 547-7878, 263 Beacon St, Somerville, MA
Charges $2.50 per tire.

F&B ENTERPRISES: 508-999-04124

Toilets

A-1 NEW & USED PLUMBING & HEATING SUPPLIES
(617) 625-6140, Somerville, MA
They accept toilets that are not chipped, cracked or otherwise broken. Preferably antique toilets and cast iron radiators.

CONIGLIARO INDUSTRIES
(508) 872-9668, 701 Waverly Street, Framingham, MA
Accepted for recycling. Please call first. Drop off hours are 7-3:30 Mon-Fri .
$15 per toilet, $190 if they have to pick up from your location.

BOSTON BUILDING RESOURCES
(617) 442-2262, 100 Terrace Street, Roxbury, MA 02120
Visit their website or call for open hours. Will accept sinks and faucets, all bathroom fixtures, and low flow toilets. Please call to find out whether your surplus materials are acceptable.

Tools

DONATO TOOLS AND HARDWARE
(617)969-1785, 41 Los Angeles St., Newton, MA 02458

Tooth Brushes

Throw away in blue trash cart.

TIP: Reuse your old toothbrush to clean items around the house:

  • grout in between tiles
  • underneath nails
  • jewelry (use baking soda as cleaner)
  • car batter terminals
  • bottoms of shoes
  • inside of bottles

Always remember to your disinfect toothbrush before using to clean anything.  For more options do any internet search for “ways to use old toothbrush”, the options are limitless.

Try buying an eco-friendly toothbrush next time.  Preserve sells great toothbrushes made from #5 plastics, like yogurt containers.  Preserve products can be found at Whole Foods or and their website. Check out their other products for eco-friendly tableware, kitchenware, and other personal products.

Trophies

LAMB AWARDS & ENGRAVING internet@lambawards.com
You can send your old and unwanted trophies to Lamb Award & Engraving where they are reused to make new trophies. You must email them a head of time if you are planning on sending them trophies.  Please include recycling in your subject line. 

MEDALS 4 METTLE
Accepts earned marathon, half-marathon, and triathalon medals from athletes (adults and children) to encourage patients with debilitating illnesses. Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals. Runners from around the world give their hard earned medals to Medals4Mettle. Our worldwide network of physicians and volunteers then awards these medals attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. It is in honor of this mettle and courage in bravely facing these challenges that they are awarded a medal.

TVs

BEST BUY
Recycles all TVs 32" or less, plus desktop and notebook computers and monitors. There is a fee for collection of TVs/monitors of $25 each. They also accept smaller electronics like VCRs, DVD players, printers, MP3 players, stereos, alarm clocks, PDAs, cell phones and digital cameras, toner and ink cartridges, and rechargeable batteries for FREE. Nearby locations:
550 Arsenal St, Watertown 617-926-0142
Landmark Center, 401 Park Dr, Boston 617-424-7900
700 Providence Highway, Dedham 781-461-6768
Back Bay, 360 Newbury St, Boston 617-375-7412

LG Electronics, Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Samsung, and Sony all have their own recycling programs, to find a drop off center near you click here

Residents:  schedule a curbside pick up at City Hall or pay for drop off collection. The fee is $25 for the first TV/monitor and $18 for each additional TV/monitor. 

See also non-working computers

Tyvek ® envelopes

For Small Quantities (less than 25 envelopes/month) Turn any Tyvek ® envelope inside out, so the unprinted white surface shows on the outside. Stuff the inside-out Tyvek ® envelope with other used Tyvek ® envelopes for recycling.
Address and mail the envelope to :
Terry Fife, Tyvek ® Recycling Specialist
5401 Jefferson Davis Highway
Spot 197 - Room 231
Richmond, VA 23234
For larger quantities, please call 1-866-33-Tyvek® to ask about their pouch program for recycling Tyvek ® envelopes
http://www.tyvek.com/na/envelopes/english/vers_recycle.html

Umbrellas

Throw away the fabric and, bring the metal frame to the recycling depot with your extra scrap metals.

Video Cassette Tapes

(Recycling) GREENDISK accepts CDs, DVDs, VHS and cassette tapes, floppy disks and more for recycling through its Pack-IT mail-in program, there is a small fee. The GreenDisk Technotrash Pack-IT Service is designed to meet the recycling needs of individuals and organizations that accumulate small amounts of technotrash. 

Vinyl Siding

CONIGLIARO INDUSTRIES
(508) 872-9668, Framingham, MA

Water Cooler Bottles

The distributor should take the empties back when leaving new bottles.

Accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave during open hours.

Wine Corks

ReCORK
Accepts only all natural corks in their drop off boxes.  Gathered Corks are ground up and reused in new products. The Nordstrom at the Natick Mall is one of the many Boston drop off locations. To see a list of all their drop-off locations check their website.
Contact them on their blog or info@recork.org

CORK REHARVEST 503.931.9690
Works to preserve the Mediterranean cork forest and cut down on carbon emissions from making cork products.  Drop-off locations include 300 Whole Foods Markets in the U.S. and Canada. 
To Contact Them: Use their Contact Form online or info@corkforest.org

Wire Hangers

Accepted at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave during open hours.

Yard Waste

Residents: Accepted curbside mid April-early December, check for exact dates.

Drop-off Facilities:

MICH-LIN TRANSFER STATION (617) 354-7580, Mooney Street, Cambridge, MA
$30 for up to 8 yards of yard waste and $5 for each additional yard. Includes leaves, trees and general yard waste. $130.00 fee per ton.

JAMES G. GRANT CO. (617) 361-2716, 28 Wolcott St, Boston (Readville), MA 02136
Please call for details

LANDSCAPE EXPRESS (781) 933-3818, 218 New Boston St, Woburn, MA
Call for details

Look for more listings at http://www.earth911.org/  

Yoga Mats

RECYCLE YOUR MAT Keeps yoga mats out of the waste stream and turns recycled mats into new products. Visit their website to find a studio near you or mail your mat directly.

 

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