July 26, 2016


NOTE: This list is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

77Recycling: Plastic film such as grocery bags, animal feed bags, agricultural bags, pool liners, boat coverings, tarps, pellet bags

All-American Recycling: anything with a cord that’s no longer useable: computers, electronics, televisions, air conditioners, freezers, propane tanks etc. Note that fees may be charged. See Complete List for specifics.

Ayer-Shirley Lions Club: eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses 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 re-used in the US. Eyeglasses need to be intact, no missing lenses or broken frames.

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.

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; automotive/motorcycle/boat batteries; handheld electronics such as cell phones, iPods, PDAs, pagers, etc and any other dry-cell batteries.

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

Community Giving Tree: baby gear less than 10 years old: Pack ‘n Play, toddler beds and bedding, crib mattresses and cribs, strollers, high chairs, bassinets, baby swings, bumbos, boppy, booster seats, car seats purchased after 2012, bouncy seats, baby gates, infant tubs, baby clothes up to age 5, disposable diapers (open packages OK). All items must be clean and ready for immediate use.

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.

Growing Places: tall shovels, rakes (leaf and garden), cultivators, shovels, weeding tools, bypass pruners, anvil pruners, loppers, pruning saws, electric string trimmers/weed wackers, post/hole digger, newspaper in bundles, plain cardboard, wheelbarrows, 5-gallon buckets, 2-gallon watering cans, untreated wood for stakes and beds (2”x 2” x 8-12’ and 2” x 6” to 8” x 8’ – 12, heavy duty outdoor extension cords. All items must be in good, working condition.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore:  Good to excellent construction materials; completely install-ready (no defects, no refinishing needed, no missing parts) such as faucets, shower enclosures, piping, tubs, vanities, bricks, masonry, shutters, roof shingles, cabinets, countertops, doors, electrical supplies (no light bulbs); electronics, rugs, carpeting, ceramic tiles, flooring, hardware, dishes, lamps and shades, ceiling fans, lumber, plywood, siding, trim, molding, paint (acrylic and latex only, full container), windows, appliances in working condition less than 9 years old; furniture (clean, no rips, tears or stains, no sleeper sofas or futons)

Key for Hope: keys and lock systems

Liberty Tire: auto, motorcycle, bicycle, lawn mower, tractor 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

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

Play it Again Sports Leominster: Sporting goods of all kinds EXCEPT cleats; yard games; fishing/hunting gear; ellipticals and treadmills; batting helmets; straight skis, water sports, paintball and airsoft gear; billiards; darts; ping-pong; air hockey, bats 4 years or older; hockey, lacrosse and parabolic skis 6 years or older

PROSHRED: paper shredding

ReCORK: wine corks

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

Terrracycle: Brita filters, pitchers, dispensers, bottles and packaging; chip bags, energy bar wrappers, writing instruments, drink pouches

Wheels for the World: gently used, non-motorized wheelchairs and wheelchair parts, metal canes, metal crutches

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

July 26, 2016

Complete list of items you can bring

NOTE: This list is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

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

  • Air conditioners
    • If usable, no fee, must be less than 9 years old
    • If being recycled, $5
  • Alkaline batteries: see batteries
  • Animal feed bags, plastic
  • Appliances of all sizes
    • If usable, no fee, must be less than 9 years old
    • If being recycled, fee depends on size
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Athletic gear, see individual sport or sporting goods
  • Automotive batteries
  • Baby gear and furniture (high chairs, disposable diapers [open packages OK], changing tables, car seats, beds, bassinets, swings, Pack’n’Play, booster seats, like-new breast pumps, etc)
  • Back packs
  • Baseball bats, 3 years or younger
  • Baseball gloves, leather
  • Bathroom vanities
  • Bathtubs and enclosures
  • Batteries (intact and non-leaking)
    • lead acid batteries for cars/motorcycles/boats/tractors
    • rechargeable batteries
    • button cell batteries
    • laptop batteries
    • AAA-D alkaline batteries
    • 9 volt alkaline 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)
  • Boat covers, plastic
  • Books, print or CD (no encyclopedias)
  • Brita pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, all filters, and filter packaging
  • Burt’s Bees lip balm and lip shimmer tubes, face care airless pump packages, all Burt’s Bees plastic caps
  • Cabinets
  • Canes, metal only
  • Cardboard, plain for garden beds
  • Carpeting and carpet tiles
  • Cassette tapes ($10 per box)
  • CDs, reusable
  • CDs for shredding
  • Ceiling fans
  • Cell phones
  • Chip bags
  • Cloth tote bags
  • Clothing (clean and dry, doesn’t have to be wearable)
  • Computers and other electronics
  • Countertops
  • Crayons
  • Cross-country skis and boots, NNN or 75mm only
  • CRT monitors $10-$30 depending on size
  • CRT televisions, see televisions
  • Crutches, metal only
  • Curtains and draperies (Clean and dry. Don’t have to be useable)
  • Dehumidifiers, working. See . . . 
  • Disc golf discs
  • Dog equipment: tennis balls, toys, blankets
  • Doors (no sliding glass doors)
  • Drink pouches
  • Drywall
  • Duffle bags (Clean and dry, don’t have to be useable)
  • Dumbbells, see weights
  • DVDs, reusable
  • DVDs for shredding
  • Electrical construction supplies
  • Electronics
  • Energy bar wrappers (lined with foil only)
  • Extension cords, outdoor/heavy-duty
  • Eyeglasses
  • Flat screen televisions, see televisions
  • Flooring
  • Floppy disks for shredding
  • Freezers
    • if usable, no fee, must be less than 9 years old
    • if being recycled, $5
  • Furniture (clean, no rips, tears or stains, no sleeper sofas or futons)
  • Garden tools in usable condition: tall shovels, rakes, cultivators, weeding tools, pruners, loppers, pruning saws
  • Gloves (Clean and dry, don’t have to be usable)
  • Golf clubs, pro end (Callaway, Nike, Ping, King Cobra, etc)
  • Greeting cards (no Disney, Hallmark or American Greeting)
  • Hardware (locks, knobs, hinges)
  • Hearing aids
  • Hockey gear, see ice hockey or street hockey
  • Holiday lights (LEDs only)
  • Household items (area rugs, framed prints, mirrors, fans, ironing boards, shower curtain liners, dustpan & brooms)
  • Ice hockey gear, including certified helmets and composite sticks, 5 years or younger
  • Ice skates, hockey and figure
  • Jewel cases (plastic cases holding DVDs and CDs)
  • Keys and locks
  • Kitchenware
  • Lacrosse sticks and gloves
  • 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
  • Newspaper, preferably bundled, for garden beds
  • 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)
  • Parabolic skis, 5 years or younger
  • 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 compostable or biodegradable bags)
  • Plastic boat covers
  • Plastic buckets, 5-gallon
  • Plastic milk crates
  • Plastic outdoor furniture
  • Plastic pool liners
  • Plastic tarps
  • Plastic trash containers
  • Plumbing equipment
  • Pool liners, plastic
  • Post/hole diggers
  • Projection televisions, see televisions
  • Propane tanks (empty) $5
  • Purses (Clean and dry, don’t have to be useable)
  • Race medals (see medals)
  • Rakes, in usable condition
  • Rechargeable batteries: see Batteries
  • Refrigerators
    • if usable, no fee, must be less than 9 years old
    • if being recycled, $5
  • Ride-on toys (rideable, gently used)
  • Roller blades with rubber wheels, 5 years or younger
  • Roofing materials
  • Scooters (rideable, gently used)
  • Scrap metal
  • Shelves
  • Shoes
    • Gently used shoes and boots of all kinds
    • Unwearable athletic shoes
  • Shovels, garden
  • Shutters
  • Skates, see ice skates
  • Skis, see cross-country or parabolic
  • Snow shoes
  • Snowboards, 5 years or younger
  • Soaps and shampoos
  • Sporting goods EXCEPT plastic or sand-filled weights; cleats; yard games; fishing/hunting gear; ellipticals and treadmills; batting helmets; straight skis, water sports, paintball and airsoft gear; billiards; darts; ping-pong; air hockey, bats 4 years or older; hockey, lacrosse and parabolic skis 6 years or older
  • Street hockey gear
  • Stuffed animals
  • Sunglasses, prescription
  • Tarps, plastic
  • Televisions
    • if usable, no fee, must be less than 9 years old
    • if being recycled, $15-$50 depending on size
  • Tennis balls
  • Tennis rackets, 5 years or younger
  • 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
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toys (LEGO, ride-on’s, wooden puzzles, play kitchens, Little Tyke, American Girl, tables and chairs, toy storage units, etc)
  • Tricycles (rideable, gently used)
  • Tyvek envelopes
  • VHS tapes ($10 per box)
  • Wagons (children’s, rideable, gently used)
  • Watering cans, 2-gallon
  • Weed wackers/string trimmers, in usable condition
  • Weights, cast iron, including plates, bars and dumbbells
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Wheelchairs (non-motorized) and parts, such as foot rests and leg rests
  • Windows
  • Wine corks
  • Wood pellet bags
  • Wood, untreated for garden stakes and garden beds (2″ x 2″ x 8-12′ and 2″ x 6″ to 8″ x 8’–12′)
  • Writing instruments
  • Yarn
July 26, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

1) What can we bring?
TONS o’ stuff! See the Complete List.
2) I don’t live in Ayer or Shirley. Can I still attend?
YES! RYR is open to residents of any town.
3) Can I/my kid/my scout troop/my church group still volunteer?
4) Is it free?
You may bring a donation (non-perishable foods, checks or cash) for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry but it’s not required. Some electronics will be charged a fee. For specs, contact All-American Recycling, at 855-489-2689.
5) Will vendors give us tax receipts?
Highly likely. Please contact any vendors you’re concerned about.
6) Do we need to separate items we’re bringing?
Yes, as best as you can but if you’re unsure contact Laurie.
7) I’d love to attend but I’m going to be out of town.
Contact Laurie.
8) Will RYR be held rain or shine?
Yes, but it’s likely we’ll see sunny skies, peak color, no humidity and temps in the 70s.😉
October 3, 2015

Additional vendors onboard!

Three more vendors have signed on, Growing Places, Community Giving Tree and Play it Again Sports. So now you can donate all kinds of baby equipment, sporting goods and gardening supplies! See the complete list below for specifics.


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