November 3, 2013

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who volunteered AND who attended the 5th annual Recycle Your Reusables Day on October 19. Almost 200 cars from 21 towns dropped off recyclables. Here’s a selection of what we diverted from the landfills:

  • Two 25-ft trucks full of household goods for the Lowell Wish Project and the Salvation Army.
  • 750 pounds of textiles for Bay State Textiles
  • 1,500 pounds of paper was shredded
  • 200 pounds of Styrofoam
  • 3.8 tons of electronics
  • 30 bicycles
  • 29 pairs of skis
  • 400 books
  • 250 pounds of rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries
  • 13 boxes of used athletic shoes
  • 20 boxes of art supplies for local teachers
  • a ton of plastic
  • hundreds of tennis balls for service-dogs-in-training
  • a vanful of non-recyclable plastic bags
  • hundreds of greeting cards, wine corks, eyeglasses, soaps and shampoos

In addition, we collected over $1800 worth of food and cash donations for Loaves and Fishes.

I would like to thank numerous volunteers and other supporters, without whom the event would not have happened:

  • Rich McGrath from the ASMS
  • Our vendors: the Salvation Army, the Lowell Wish Project, All-American Recycling, More than Words, ReFoamIt, Highland Shredding, Casella, Nike Reuse a Shoe, Bay State Textiles, Lou’s Upcycles, Boston Building Resources, Extras for Creative Reuse, Friends of Pepperell Recreation, NEADS, No nonsense, ReCork, Battery Solutions and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Coalition and the St Jude’s Ranch for Children
  • ASMS Green Team
  • Ayer Dunkin Donuts
  • ASHS National Honor Society students
  • Boy Scout Troop 1 from West Groton
  • Volunteers from local towns
    • From Ayer: Kim Krieser, Shawna Graham, Dan DeMille, Martha and Bill Dean, Linda Garant, Beth Suedmeyer, Faith Salter, Ruth Maxant, Laura Wool, Andy Poutry, Jean Diemert, Ryan Martone,  and Nicholas Martone
    • From Shirley: Dawn McCall, Nancy Askin, Pam Torres, Dan Torres
    • From Groton: Paul Brown

Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9am-2pm, Ayer Shirley Middle School. For more information, or to volunteer contact or 978 496 5839.

Thank you again!

Laurie Sabol, Ayer Recycling Committee

August 25, 2013

Complete list of items you can bring

**New in 2013

  • Air conditioners
    • if usable, no fee
    • if being recycled, $15
  • Appliances of all sizes
    • if usable, no fee
    • if being recycled, $5-$15 depending on size
  • Arts and crafts supplies**
  • Baby gear (cribs, high chairs, diapers, changing tables, car seats, etc)
  • Back packs
  • Bathroom vanities
  • Batteries, rechargeable and alkaline**
  • Bicycles, bike helmets, tools and accessories
  • Bottles and cans, returnable
  • Cabinets
  • Carpeting and carpet tiles
  • Ceiling fans
  • Cell phones**
  • Chip bags
  • Clothing
  • Computers and other electronics (monitors and outdated electronics are assessed a 5$ fee)
  • Countertops
  • Crayons**
  • Documents (on CD, DVD) to be shredded
  • Dog equipment: tennis balls, toys, blankets
  • Doors (no sliding glass doors)
  • Drywall
  • Electrical construction supplies
  • Electronics
  • Eye glasses
  • Flooring
  • Furniture (no king beds)
  • Granola bar wrappers (lined with foil only)
  • Greeting cards, no Disney, Hallmark or American Greeting
  • Hardware (locks, knobs, hinges)
  • Hearing aids
  • Jewel cases (plastic cases holding DVDs and CDs)
  • Keys and locks**
  • Leather hats and belts
  • Linens (sheets, towels, curtains and rugs)
  • LIVESTRONG wristbands
  • Lumber and plywood
  • Medals earned from marathons, half-marathons, or triathlons**
  • Paint (full, unopened cans of the same color): interior/2 gallons minimum, exterior/5 gallons minimum. Only white, neutral and pastels.
  • Pantyhose, nylon kneehighs, tights
  • Paper (for shredding)
  • Plastic bags (used for wood pellets, bird seed, potting soil, frozen foods, salad fixings, crackers, cereal, etc)
  • Plastic milk crates
  • Plastic outdoor furniture
  • Plastic pails
  • Plastic trash containers
  • Plumbing equipment
  • Race medals (see medals)**
  • Refrigerators
    • if usable, no fee
    • if being recycled, $5-$15 depending on size
  • Returnable bottles and cans
  • Roofing materials
  • Scrap metal
  • Shelves
  • Shoes
    • Gently used shoes and boots of all kinds
    • Unwearable athletic shoes (no cleats, sandals or flip-flops)
  • Shutters
  • Skis (cross country or downhill)
  • Soaps and shampoos**
  • Styrofoam (clean #6)
    • foam egg cartons
    • packing blocks  (must snap and must not disintegrate when placed in water)
    • produce and meat trays with #6 symbol in the triangle (biodegrable trays do not have a recycle symbol)
    • take-out containers (please rinse)
    • hot cups such as Dunkin Donuts and Honey Dew (no cardboard-infused cups)
    • trays
    • white insulation sheets
Note Styrofoam items not accepted
  • Plastic utensils
  • Bubble wrap
  • Soft foam such as pipe insulation
  • “Super 8″ packing peanuts
  • Packing peanuts
  • Foam cups infused with cardboard or paper such as McDonalds and Burger King (ice tea cup)
  • Biodegradable produce and meat trays, i.e., GenPak without the recycling symbol
  • Cardboard Egg Cartons
  • Soft foam pads
  • Food containers with plastic film attached (some ground turkey comes in these containers)
  • Blue or Pink insulation sheets unless in full size sheets (so they can be reused)
  • Polypro: looks like Styrofoam but has a number 5 recycle symbol and bends instead of snapping
  • Televisions
    • if usable, no fee
    • if being recycled, $8-$20 depending on size
  • Tennis balls
  • Thermometers and thermostats
  • Tile, ceramic and vinyl
  • Toilets, low-flow
  • Tools
  • Toys, plastic (to be recycled, not reused)
  • Toys, plush
  • Tubs and enclosures
  • Tyvek envelopes**
  • Windows
  • Wine corks**
  • Yarn**
August 4, 2013


All-American Recycling: anything with a cord, such as computers, electronics and televisions ($)

Ayer-Shirley Lions Club: eyeglasses and hearing aids. They are cleaned, tested and re-used for people that can’t afford them. Most glasses are used in other countries, while the hearing aids are able to be re-used here in the US. Eyeglasses need to be intact, no missing lenses or broken frames.

Battery recycling from Battery Solutions and Call2Recycle: household batteries, both rechargeable and non-rechargeable, such as D-cell, C-cell, AA, AAA, 9-volt, and button cell; rechargeable battery packs from cell phones, cameras, laptop computers, power tools, etc; handheld electronics such as cell phones, iPods, PDAs, pagers, etc and any other dry-cell batteries.

Bay State Textiles: all post consumer textiles. Clothing, paired shoes, linens, plush toys, backpacks. The textiles do not have to be in wearable condition but must be dry and free of odor and mold.

Boston Building Resources:  Good to excellent construction materials, completely install-ready (no defects that need repair, no refinishing, no spare parts to track down to make functional.

Casella Waste Systems: rigid plastics such as kids’ toys, outdoor furniture, trash barrels, 5 gallon pails, milk crates, and more.

Clean the World:  new, unwrapped bars of soap, unused soaps and bottled amenities from  hotel stays.

Crazy Crayons: unwanted, rejected, broken crayons. Leave the wrappers on.

DuPont Tyvek: used Tyvek® envelopes.

Extras for Creative Reuse: yarn, plastic, fabric, mylar, tile, leather, children’s paints, art supplies, etc.

Friends of Pepperell Recreation: bicycles

Highland Shredding: paper shredding and electronic media destruction

Key for Hope: keys and lock systems

Lou’s Upcycle: various types of plastic bags that used to hold packaged food, animal food, potting soil and wood pellets.

The Lowell Wish Project: gently used household goods including clothes, furniture, mattresses/box springs, radios & TVs, appliances, computers, linens, Game Boys and baby gear. See the complete list here.

The Wish Project does not want:

    • baskets, pictures or decorative items
    • toys or stuffed animals
    • outdoor furniture, bikes or grills
    • console TVs or extra large furniture
    • sports equipment

Medals for Mettle: earned marathon, half-marathon, or triathlon medals, medals earned by children who wish to donate them to other children.

More Than Words: fiction and non-fiction books (hardcover or trade paperback), antiquarian books, audio books on CD or cassette, music CDs, DVD and VHS movies, video games.

NEADS: dog and cat supplies including tennis balls, toys and blankets

Nike Reuse-A-Shoe: all brands of athletic shoes to reprocess into athletic playing surfaces.

No nonsense recycling: pantyhose, nylon knee highs, tights (all brands)

ReCORK: wine corks

ReFoamIt: Styrofoam food trays/containers (#6 only, rinsed clean), coolers, drink cups, packing peanuts, plastic utensils and more.

St Jude’s Ranch for Children: used greeting cards, no Disney, Hallmark, American Greeting, fronts only, no writing on back

The Ayer Recycling Committee will sell the Earth Machine compost bin for $40 (cash or check only).


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