September 14, 2016

This year’s flyer and site map

Click here to print a flyer. Feel free to distribute widely.

Click here to print a site map (revised 9/24/16).

August 6, 2016

New in 2016

Have a working dehumidifier that’s just taking up space? Trade it in for some money! We’re partnering with MassSave to offer dehumidifier recycling. More information here.

We will accept VHS and cassette tapes for recycling, at $10 per box (approx size 16″ x 12″ x 12″).

We’re partnering with UTEC,  a Lowell-based organization serving high-impact youth, to offer free mattress and boxspring recycling. All sizes will are eligible, except crib mattresses, futons, waterbeds or airbeds.

Got wheelchairs and other medical equipment? REquipment will accept your gently used power and manual wheelchairs, scooters, sling lifts, portable ramps, tub/shower chairs, rollator walkers, adapted strollers, standers and gait trainers, and specialty cushions/mattresses.

Woo-hoo! Our friends at the Devens Recycling Center will collect scrap wood, including Trex (no pressure-treated stuff or creosote, though) and porcelain toilets and sinks that are no longer useable.

July 26, 2016

Vendors

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

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.

Devens Recycling Center: wood scrap including Trex (no pressure-treated, creosote or railroad ties); porcelain sinks and toilets.

Donations Clearinghouse: furniture including tables and chairs, bureaus, end tables, nightstands; bed frames, mattress/boxsprings/bed frame/headboard/footboard sets (queen or smaller); small appliances newer than 10 years old; sets of dishes, glasses and silverware; cookware; upholstered items (sofas, loveseats, chairs) in good, reusable condition.

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.

KWD, Inc: Styrofoam, including coolers, packing blocks, coffee cups, food trays, takeout containers, non-biodegradable packing peanuts. All items must be clean, dry and in bags. No spongy foam.

Liberty Tire: auto, motorcycle, bicycle, lawn mower, tractor tires (on or off the rim).

Medals for Mettle: earned marathon, half-marathon, or triathlon medals.

Mitrano Removal Service: scrap metal.

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, CD and DVD shredding (no hard disks or jewel cases).

ReCORK: wine corks.

REquipment: power and manual wheelchairs, scooters, sling lifts, portable ramps, tub/shower chairs, rollator walkers, adapted strollers, standers and gait trainers, and specialty cushions/mattresses. Equipment should be in good condition or easily repaired. Exceptions may be made with regard to the age or condition of the equipment if it is in high demand, of high-value or unusual to access.

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; Burt’s Bees lip balm and lip shimmer tubes, face care airless pump packages, all Burt’s Bees plastic caps; chip bags; drink pouches; energy bar wrappers; toothbrushes; writing instruments.

Transitions at Devens: baby monitors, bakeware, bed rails, book cases, bulletin boards, dishes (sets only), DVD players, filing cabinets, flat screen TVs, folding tables, kitchen utensils, lamps, linens, outdoor furniture, shelves

UTEC: non-useable mattresses and boxsprings. No futons, waterbeds or airbeds.

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

PDF version of the complete list

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

  • 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, beds, bassinets, car seats purchased after 2012, swings, monitors, Pack’n’Play, booster seats, like-new breast pumps, etc)
  • Back packs
  • Bakeware
  • Baseball bats, 3 years or younger
  • Baseball gloves, leather
  • Bathroom vanities
  • Bathtubs and enclosures
  • Batteries (intact and non-leaking) See examples here.
    • alkaline (AAA-AA-C-D-9V, etc)
    • button cell (what are they?)
    • lead-acid from cars, motorcycles, boats, lawn&garden, alarm-phone systems
    • lithium (including Coin, Photo, Petsafe, and Garage/Auto Keyless Entry)
    • rechargeable (including NiCad, NiMH, Lithium-Ion, laptops, UPSs, and smaller lead-acids)
  • Bed rails
  • 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
  • Book cases
  • Books, print or CD (no encyclopedias)
  • Brita pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, all filters, and filter packaging
  • Bulletin boards
  • Burt’s Bees lip balm and lip shimmer tubes, face care airless pump packages, all Burt’s Bees plastic caps
  • Button cell batteries: see Batteries
  • Cabinets
  • Cardboard, plain for garden beds
  • Carpeting and carpet tiles
  • Cassette tapes ($10 per box)
  • CDs, reusable
  • CDs for shredding (no jewel cases)
  • Ceiling fans
  • Cell phones
  • Chip bags
  • Cloth tote bags
  • Clothing (clean and dry, doesn’t have to be wearable)
  • Computers and other electronics
  • Cookware
  • Countertops
  • Crayons
  • Cross-country skis and boots, NNN or 75mm only
  • CRT monitors $10-$30 depending on size
  • CRT televisions, see televisions
  • Curtains and draperies (clean and dry. Don’t have to be useable)
  • Cushions/mattresses, specialty
  • Dehumidifiers, working. See eligibility info.
  • Disc golf discs
  • Dishes, sets only
  • 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
  • DVD players
  • DVDs, reusable
  • DVDs for shredding (no jewel cases)
  • Electrical construction supplies
  • Electronics
  • End tables
  • Energy bar wrappers (lined with foil only)
  • Extension cords, outdoor/heavy-duty
  • Eyeglasses
  • Filing cabinets
  • Flat screen televisions, see televisions
  • Flooring
  • Floppy disks for shredding
  • Folding tables
  • 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
  • Lamps
  • Lead acid batteries: see Batteries
  • Leather hats and belts
  • Linens (sheets, towels, blankets, table linens, comforters. Clean and dry, don’t have to be useable)
  • Lithium batteries: see Batteries
  • LIVESTRONG wristbands
  • Lumber and plywood
  • Mattress/boxsprings/bed frame/headboard/footboard sets (queen or smaller): these will be taken whether useable or not.
  • Medals earned from marathons, half-marathons, or triathlons
  • Medical equipment such as power and manual wheelchairs, scooters, sling lifts, portable ramps, tub/shower chairs, rollator walkers, adapted strollers, standers and gait trainers, and specialty cushions/mattresses. Items should be no older than 5-6 years, in good condition or easily repaired.
  • Motorcycle batteries
  • Newspaper, preferably bundled, for garden beds
  • Nightstands
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Paint (full, unopened cans of the same color): interior/2 gallons minimum, exterior/5 gallons minimum. Only white, neutral and pastels.
  • Pallets, wood
  • 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
  • Ramps, portable (for medical use)
  • 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)
  • Rollator walkers
  • Roller blades with rubber wheels, 5 years or younger
  • Roofing materials
  • Scooters (for medical use)
  • Scooters (rideable, gently used)
  • Scrap metal
  • Shelves
  • Shoes
    • Gently used shoes and boots of all kinds
    • Unwearable athletic shoes
  • Shovels, garden
  • Shutters
  • Sinks, porcelain
  • Skates, see ice skates
  • Skis, see cross-country or parabolic
  • Sling lifts (for medical use)
  • 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
  • Standers and gait trainers
  • Street hockey gear
  • Strollers, adapted
  • Stuffed animals
  • Styrofoam, including coolers, packing blocks, coffee cups, food trays, takeout containers, non-biodegradable packing peanuts. Items must be clean, dry and bagged.
  • Sunglasses, prescription
  • Tarps, plastic
  • Televisions
    • if usable, no fee, must be flat-screens, 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)
  • Tub/shower chairs
  • Tyvek envelopes
  • Upholstered furniture (sofas, loveseats, chairs) in good, reusable condition
  • 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 (manual and power) and parts, such as foot rests and leg rests
  • Windows
  • Wine corks
  • Wood pellet bags
  • Wood
    • scrap including Trex (no pressure-treated, creosote or railroad ties)
    • 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.