Reusing lengthens the useful life of goods so they don't become waste.
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.
At the Resource Recovery Center, the following services are available for reuse in Newton:
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:
Open to Newton residents only – proof of residency required upon request.
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.
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.