November 25, 2014

Mark your calendar for 2015!

The seventh annual Recycle Your Reusables will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9am-2pm, Ayer-Shirley Middle School, Shirley MA. Watch this space for periodic announcements about vendors or contact

November 25, 2014

Thank you! 2014 was an overwhelming success!

The sixth annual Recycle Your Reusables was an overwhelming success. 

Up from 200 cars in 2013, this year over 350 cars came through, dropping off a huge amount of materials that were kept out of the waste stream. A quick review of what we collected: 
7500 pounds of textiles (almost 4 tons!) 
16 barrels of paper (shredded)
2500 pounds of books
8 pounds of nylons and tights
200 pounds of plastic bags
30 cubic yards each of rigid plastics and Styrofoam
11 pounds of pens and markers
20 bicycles
17 pounds of soaps and shampoos
100 pounds each of rechargeable and alkaline batteries
and so much more!
We also collected almost $3000 in food and cash for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. 
Thank you very much to our sponsors: Ayer Dunkin Donuts, North Middlesex Savings Bank, James Normington (Edward Jones),  Eric Shapiro (Lexvest Group), Calvin Moore, Ayer Hannaford, Glenn Shaw, and Rick Roper (Crabtree Development). 
Thank you very much to our volunteers: Ayer Girl Scout Troop 62094, Brian Balukonis, Kassie Breest, Molly Cadogan, Jeremy Callahan, Tim Collins, Jen Cordio, Hannah Dixon, Anna Fadden, Patrick Hughes, Carolyn McCreary, Owen and Will Macdonald, Julie Maillet, Jenne and Gillian Misner, Maddie Mitrano, Bailey Morse, Casey Morse, Laurie Nehring, Nicole Patano, the Salter Family, Takashi Tada, Kayla Timmins, Trent Watson, and Susan Tordella Williams. 
Thank you very much to the planning group: Tessa David, Irene Congdon, Melissa Macdonald, Dan Demille, Shawna Graham, Ruth Maxant, Catherine Clemens, Dawn McCall, Pam Torres, Kim Krieser, Martha Dean and the Ayer DPW, especially Andrew Jackson and Mark Wetzel. 
Mark your calendar for Saturday October 17, 2015, Ayer Shirley Middle School for the 7th annual Recycle Your Reusables! If you have any comments or suggestions about new materials we should collect next year please let me know. 
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: gently used bicycles, scooters, wagons, tricycles, ride-on toys.

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.

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

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 (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 (rideable, gently used), 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
  • Tricycles
  • Tubs and enclosures
  • Tyvek envelopes
  • VHS tapes (to be shredded)
  • Wagons (children’s)
  • Windows
  • Wine corks
  • Yarn

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