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Why Reuse?

Reusing lengthens the useful life of goods so they don't become waste. 

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How to Reuse

  • Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as functional as new.
  • Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
  • Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires and appliances, so that they won't have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.
  • Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.

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Rethink Disposable

Join The Reuse Revolution. The following is information on how to take action. Action 1. Bring your reusable shopping bags with you to the grocery store. Action 2. Bring your own coffee mug to limit your paper cup usage. Action 3. Reduce the use of plastic bags for produce and bulk items. Action 4. Slow down and dine in. Action 5. bring your own food container and utensils. Action 6. Say no to disposable straws. Action 7. use a reusable water bottle. Action 8. avoid heavily packaged foods. Action 9. pack a waste-free lunch. Action 10. Share these tips with friends.


 Choosing to value convenience over the environment is unsustainable. Since the 1950s, single-use disposable items have become increasingly popular. The result is a throw-away society in which 30% of our waste stream consists of packaging materials – primarily plastics.

Disposable goods make our lives easier in the short term, but ultimately end up littering beaches and oceans world-wide, taking up landfill space, or becoming toxic ash following incineration.

Refusing single use products will lessen the impact these products have on our environment. We should choose instead to purchase durable goods.

The Rethink Disposable campaign, founded by Clean Water, discourages the use of single use products such as shopping bags, plastic water bottles, and food and beverage packaging.

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Reuse at the Resource Recovery Center

At the Resource Recovery Center, the following services are available for reuse in Newton:

  • Swap Shop (closed until further notice) - Drop off clean, usable items for reuse, or come take
    something you can use yourself at no cost.
  • Newton Book Shed (closed until further notice) - Drop off clean, gently used books, or come take books at no cost. 
  • Goodwill (closed until further notice) - Donate small housewares, clothing, and working electronics
  • More Than Words - Donate books, CDs, DVDs, games
  • Salvation Army - Donate clothing and textiles 
  • Red Cross - Donate clothing and textiles 
  • Latex Paint Exchange (closed until further notice) - Drop off and take re-usable latex paint at no cost

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Swap Shop (closed until further notice)

Clear out clutter without adding to the waste stream! Newton's Swap Shop is located at the Newton Resource Recovery Center. Drop off clean, usable, working unwanted items for reuse, or come to take usable goods for their personal use.

Open Fridays & Saturdays from 7:30am-1:30pm, May through October. The Swap Shop is run by volunteers. The Swap Shop may close if no volunteers are available. We are always looking for more volunteers! For more information, contact the DPW Sustainable Materials Management Division.

We do not accept:

  • TVs or monitors
  • Large or stuffed furniture
  • Large appliances
  • Hazardous materials
  • Building materials

All items must be approved by a volunteer before being dropped off. View our accepted items list and guidelines.

Open to Newton residents only – proof of residency required upon request.

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Donation Centers for Reuse

Bikes Not Bombs accepts bicycles. Additionally, the organization operates Bike Shop, where reclaimed bikes are sold. 

Building Material Resource Center accepts building materials (doors, tile, etc.) and resells them at a low cost.

Locations that accept used merchandise, including clothing, furniture, books and more.

The Habitat for Humanity Restore accepts new and gently used household items and resells them at a low cost. 

EcoBuilding Bargins accepts donations of reused, recycled and new home improvement materials and sells them to the public at low prices.

Post items you want to dispose of for free as a "curb alert" on CraigslistFreecycleNextDoor, or Buy Nothing Newton.

For large items that are not fit for reuse, or no reuse outlet is available -  schedule a bulky item pickup request. No metal or rigid plastic accepted in a bulk pickup - take items made of these materials to the Resource Recovery Center for recycling. 

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