November 25, 2015

Mark your calendar for 2016!

The eight annual Recycle Your Reusables will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9am-2pm, Ayer-Shirley Middle School, Shirley MA. Watch this space for periodic announcements about vendors or contact

November 2, 2015

Thank you! 2015 was an overwhelming success!

The 7th annual Recycle Your Reusables was a tremendous success! Residents from 26 towns drove through in over 420 cars (up from 340 last year). Thanks to you, more than 22 tons of material were diverted from local landfills. A few highlights:

  • 5 tons of electronics
  • 2.5 tons of textiles
  • 55 pounds of soaps and shampoos for Clean the World
  • 4 tons of plastic
  • 2+ tons of shredded paper and media
  • 30 boxes of arts and crafts supplies for Extras for CreativeReuse
  • 45 cubic yards of Styrofoam
  • 2 tons of construction materials for the Leominster Habitat forHumanity ReStore
  • 4 tons of scrap metal
  • 2.5 tons of household items for needy people served by the Wish Project

and SO much more.

In addition, the Devens Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry received $1693 and 945 pounds of food to help its clients.

I would like to thank our generous sponsors: North Middlesex Savings Bank, Devens Recycling Center, Gervais Ford, Dunkin Donuts (Ayer), CPF/Pepsi, Pizza Bella, the Cottage, Village Pizza (Shirley), the Nashoba Club, the recycling Committees of Townsend, Groton and Shirley, and the Town of Littleton.

I would also like to thank our fabulous crew of volunteers: Molly Cadogan, Jeremy Callahan, Allen Camara, Jennifer Cordio, John Hohman, Nicole Patano, Beth Suedmeyer, Bryce Valliere, Michelle Woodland, Girl Scout Troops 62094 and 66530 and members of the Ayer and Shirley Recycling Committees: Dan Demille, Anna Fadden, Shawna Graham, Melissa Macdonald, Dawn McCall and Pam Torres.

Last, but most assuredly not least, thanks and appreciation go to Andrew Jackson, Ayer Transfer Station foreman and Ray Maillet and James Soucy, Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School custodians.

America Recycles Day is coming up on November 15. Here are some suggestions for a green holiday season:

  • say no to paper plates and plastic flatware. Your holiday will be more memorable with the “good china,” no matter what you’re serving
  • don’t waste food. Compost as much as you can. Buy an EarthMachine composter from the Ayer Recycling Committee.
  • Wrap your gifts in the Sunday funnies
  • Got gifts? Recycle cardboard Styrofoam and bubble wrap.
  • Going shopping? Bring your own bags. Keep them in the car so they’re always available.

Mark your calendar for next year’s RYR, to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School.

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.

August 8, 2015


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, etc. ($)

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 and furniture, disposable diapers (open packages OK), Pack ‘n Play, like new breast pumps, ride-on toys, Little Tykes, LEGO, American Girl, Thomas, wooden puzzles, kid’s books, doll houses, play kitchens, toy storage units, kid’s tables and chairs. No board games or plush toys

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: Garden tools in good condition: garden hoses, tall shovels, hoes, rakes (leaf and garden), as well as hand tools- cultivators, shovels, weeding tools; bypass pruners, anvil pruners, loppers, pruning saws, lawn equipment in good working condition: trimmers, push mowers (gas or electric), 4” pots, 6 packs and 4 packs, tote/reusable bags for harvesting (not plastic)

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

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

ReFoamIt: Styrofoam 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

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

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

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

August 8, 2015

Complete list of items you can bring

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

  • Air conditioners
    • If usable, no fee
    • If being recycled, $5
  • Alkaline batteries: see Batteries
  • Animal feed bags, plastic
  • Appliances of all sizes
    • If usable, no fee
    • 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, booster seats, like-new breast pumps, etc)
  • Back packs
  • Baseball bats, 3 years or younger
  • Baseball gloves, leather
  • Bathroom vanities
  • 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
  • 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, reusable
  • CDs for shredding
  • Ceiling fans
  • Cell phones
  • Chip bags
  • Clay plant pots, 4 inch
  • 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-$18
  • Curtains and draperies (Clean and dry. Don’t have to be useable)
  • 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)
  • Eyeglasses
  • Flooring
  • Floppy disks for shredding
  • Furniture
  • Garden tools in usable condition: tall shovels, hoes, 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)
  • Grass clippings (bagged, must be pesticide-free)
  • 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)
  • Hoses, in usable condition
  • 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
  • Lawn mowers, gas or electric, in usable condition
  • 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)
  • Parabolic skis, 5 years or younger
  • Pens/markers at the end of their life
  • Plant pots: 4 inch, 4 pack, 6 pack, plastic and terra cotta
  • 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 milk crates
  • Plastic outdoor furniture
  • Plastic pails
  • Plastic pool liners
  • Plastic tarps
  • 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
  • Pool liners, plastic
  • 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
    • if being recycled, $5-$15 depending on size
  • Ride-on toys
  • Roller blades with rubber wheels, 5 years or younger
  • Roofing materials
  • Scooters
  • 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
  • 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 (rinsed clean)
    • 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
  • Sunglasses, prescription
  • Tarps, plastic
  • Televisions
    • if usable, no fee
    • if being recycled, $8-$30 depending on size
  • Tennis balls
  • Tennis rackets, 5 years or younger
  • Terra cotta plant pots, 4 inch
  • 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
  • Tote bags (not plastic)
  • Toys (LEGO, ride-on’s, wooden puzzles, play kitchens, Little Tyke, American Girl, tables and chairs, toy storage units, etc)
  • Tricycles
  • Tubs and enclosures
  • Tyvek envelopes
  • Wagons (children’s)
  • Weed trimmers, in usable condition
  • Weights, cast iron, including plates, bars and dumbbells
  • Windows
  • Wine corks
  • Wood pellet bags
  • Writing instruments
  • Yarn

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