October 23, 2014

New for 2014: Textiles Competition Between Ayer-Shirley Schools!

Prizes for the school collects the most!

Go through your closets and bag ALL your unwanted textiles. Unwearable clothing is fine as long as it is clean and dry. Also bring curtains, throw rugs, linens/bedding, shoes, backpacks, duffels and stuffed animals. Drop off at Middle School Bay State Textiles trailer snow through Sat. 10/25 or at designated locations at each school. Note how many bags you leave and which school/class should get credit.

September 4, 2014


All-American Recycling: anything with a cord that is no longer useable, 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 Call2Recycle and EQ: 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; automotive/motorcycle/boat batteries; handheld electronics such as cell phones, iPods, PDAs, pagers, etc and any other dry-cell batteries.

Bay State Textiles: All 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.

Brita: Via Terrracycle we accept all Brita filters, pitchers, dispensers, bottles and packaging

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

DuPont Tyvek: used Tyvek® envelopes.

Extras for Creative Reuse: yarn, plastic, fabric, mylar, tile, leather, children’s paints, arts and crafts supplies, office supplies, etc.

Friends of Pepperell Recreation: bicycles, scooters

HGRM: household goods, bedding, furniture, appliances of all sizes less than 10 years old (no stoves)

Highland Shredding: paper shredding and electronic media destruction

Key for Hope: keys and lock systems

Liberty Tire: auto, motorcycle, bicycle tires (on or off the rim)

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 packing blocks, food trays/containers (#4-#6, rinsed clean), coolers, drink cups, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, #4 (LDPE), #5 PolyPro and more.  For more information about what to bring, click http://refoamit.com/WhatCanBeRecycled/tabid/91/Default.aspx

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

The Pen Guy: all kinds of used/dead pens, markers, Sharpies

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

July 11, 2014

Complete list of items you can bring

NOTE: No hazardous waste (motor oil, gasoline, pesticides, propane tanks, weed killer, etc) accepted

**New in 2014

  • Air conditioners (working or not)
  • Appliances of all sizes (working or not)
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Automotive batteries**
  • Baby gear (cribs, high chairs, diapers, changing tables, car seats, etc)
  • Back packs
  • Bathroom vanities
  • Batteries, rechargeable and alkaline and automotive/motorcycle/boat batteries
  • Belts, hats, scarves, ties (Clean and dry, don’t have to be useable)
  • Bicycles, tools, bike tires, bike racks and accessories
  • Books, print or CD OK (no encyclopedias)
  • Brita pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, all filters, and filter packaging**
  • Bubble wrap**
  • Burt’s Bees lip balm and lip shimmer tubes, face care airless pump packages, all Burt’s Bees plastic caps**
  • Cabinets
  • Carpeting and carpet tiles
  • CDs
  • Ceiling fans
  • Cell phones
  • Chip bags
  • Clothing (clean and dry, doesn’t have to be wearable)
  • Computers and other electronics
  • Countertops
  • Crayons
  • Curtains and draperies (Clean and dry. Don’t have to be useable)
  • Documents (on CD, DVD) to be shredded
  • Dog equipment: tennis balls, toys, blankets
  • Doors (no sliding glass doors)
  • Drywall
  • Duffle bags (Clean and dry, don’t have to be useable)
  • DVDs
  • Electrical construction supplies
  • Electronics
  • Eye glasses
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Gloves (Clean and dry, don’t have to be useable)
  • Granola bar wrappers (lined with foil only)
  • Greeting cards, no Disney, Hallmark or American Greeting
  • Hardware (locks, knobs, hinges)
  • Hearing aids
  • Household items (area rugs, framed prints, mirrors, fans, ironing boards, shower curtain liners, dustpan & brooms)
  • Jewel cases (plastic cases holding DVDs and CDs)
  • Keys and locks
  • Kitchenware
  • Lead acid batteries**
  • Leather hats and belts
  • Linens (sheets, towels, blankets, table linens, comforters. Clean and dry, don’t have to be useable)
  • LIVESTRONG wristbands
  • Lumber and plywood
  • Medals earned from marathons, half-marathons, or triathlons
  • Motorcycle batteries**
  • Packing peanuts**
  • 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)
  • pens/markers at the end of their life**
  • Plastic bags (for groceries, newspapers, wood pellets, bird seed, potting soil, frozen foods, salad fixings, crackers, cereal, etc. No pet food, compostable or biodegradable bags)
  • Plastic milk crates
  • Plastic outdoor furniture
  • Plastic pails
  • Plastic trash containers
  • Plumbing equipment
  • Polyethylene (#4 foam)**
  • Polypro (#5 foam): looks like Styrofoam but has a number 5 recycle symbol and bends slightly instead of snapping**
  • Purses (Clean and dry, don’t have to be useable)
  • Race medals (see medals)
  • Refrigerators
    • if usable, no fee
    • if being recycled, $5-$15 depending on size
  • Returnable bottles and cans
  • Ride-on-toys
  • Roofing materials
  • Scooters
  • Scrap metal
  • Shelves
  • Shoes
    • Gently used shoes and boots of all kinds
    • Unwearable athletic shoes
  • Shutters
  • Soaps and shampoos
  • Stuffed animals
  • Styrofoam (aka #6 EPS foam)
    • foam egg cartons
    • hot cups such as Dunkin Donuts and Honey Dew (no cardboard-infused cups)
    • packing blocks
    • packing peanuts
    • produce and meat trays with #6 symbol in the triangle (biodegrable trays do not have a recycle symbol)
    • soft foam, such as pipe insulation
    • take-out containers (please rinse)
    • trays
    • white insulation sheets
Note Styrofoam items not accepted
  • biodegradable produce and meat trays, i.e., GenPak without the recycling symbol
  • blue or pink insulation sheets unless in full size sheets (so they can be reused)
  • cardboard egg cartons
  • foam cups infused with cardboard or paper such as McDonalds and Burger King (ice tea cup)
  • food containers with plastic film attached (some ground turkey comes in these containers)
  • plastic utensils
  • soft foam pads
  • Televisions
    • if usable, no fee
    • if being recycled, $8-$20 depending on size
  • Tennis balls
  • Thermometers and thermostats
  • Throw rugs (clean and dry, don’t have to be useable)
  • Tile, ceramic and vinyl
  • Tires** (auto, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, on or off the rim)
  • Toilets, low-flow
  • Tools
  • Toys, plastic (to be recycled, not reused)
  • Toys, plush
  • Tubs and enclosures
  • Tyvek envelopes
  • VHS tapes (to be shredded)
  • Windows
  • Wine corks
  • Yarn

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