Complete list of items you can bring

PDF version of the complete list (updated 10/9/16)

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
  • Air freshener cartridges and plugs, packaging and flexible film packaging, and trigger headsAlkaline 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/pet gates
  • Baby gear and furniture (high chairs, disposable diapers [open packages OK], changing tables, beds, bassinets, car seats purchased after 2012, Pack’n’Play, booster seats)
  • 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 filters, accessories and packaging
  • Bubble wrap (please pop first)
  • 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). NOTE: Vendor will be onsite from 11am-2pm only.
  • Ceiling fans
  • Cell phones
  • Chip bags
  • Cloth tote bags
  • Clothing (clean and dry, doesn’t have to be wearable). Put items in bags.
  • Computers and other electronics
  • Contact lenses (single use) and blister packs
  • Cookware
  • Countertops
  • Crayons
  • Cribs and mattresses
  • 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). Put items in bags.
  • Dehumidifiers, working. See eligibility info.
  • Dental floss containers, empty
  • Disc golf discs
  • Dishes, sets only
  • Dog equipment: tennis balls, toys, blankets
  • Doors (no sliding glass doors)
  • Drink pouches (foil only)
  • Drywall, 2’x8′, 4’x’4′, 4’x8′
  • Duffle bags (Clean and dry, don’t have to be useable). Put items in bags.
  • Dumbbells, see weights
  • DVD players
  • DVDs, reusable
  • DVDs for shredding (no jewel cases). NOTE: Vendor will be onsite from 11am-2pm only.
  • Electrical construction supplies
  • Electronics
  • End tables
  • Energy bar wrappers (lined with foil only)
  • Entenmann’s Little Bites plastic pouches
  • Extension cords, outdoor/heavy-duty
  • Eyeglasses
  • Febreze products: aerosol containers (empty), Febreze ONE sprayers and refills
  • Filing cabinets
  • Flat screen televisions, see televisions
  • Flooring
  • Floppy disks for shredding
  • Foil drink pouches
  • Foil-lined energy/granola bar wrappers
  • 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)
  • Granola bar wrappers (foil-lined only)
  • Greeting cards (no Disney, Hallmark or American Greeting)
  • Hardware (locks, knobs, hinges)
  • Hearing aids
  • High chairs
  • 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). Put items in bags.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Oral care products: toothpaste tubes (empty) and caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers (empty)
  • Outdoor furniture, plastic only
  • Outdoor play sets
  • Paint (full, unopened cans of the same color): interior/2 gallons minimum, exterior/5 gallons minimum. Only white, neutral and pastels.
  • Pallets, wood
  • Paper (for shredding). NOTE: Vendor will be onsite from 11am-2pm only.
  • 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 cosmetic, hair care and skin care packaging
  • Plastic milk crates
  • Plastic outdoor furniture
  • Plastic pool liners
  • Plastic six-pack and multipack rings (cut up or intact)
  • Plastic tarps
  • Plastic trash containers
  • Plumbing equipment
  • Pool liners, plastic
  • Post/hole diggers
  • Projection televisions, see televisions
  • Propane tanks (empty) $5
  • PUR filters, accessories and packaging
  • Purses (Clean and dry, don’t have to be useable)
  • 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 (Put items in bags.)
    • Gently used shoes and boots of all kinds
    • Unwearable athletic shoes
  • Shovels, garden
  • Shutters
  • Sinks, porcelain
  • Six-pack and multipack plastic rings (cut up or intact)
  • 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
  • Socks, tights, pantyhose. Put items in bags.
  • 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 absolutely clean, dry and bagged. Only white foam accepted.
  • 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). Put items in bags.
  • Tile, ceramic and vinyl
  • Tires (auto, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, on or off the rim)
  • Toilets, low-flow
  • Tools
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste and packaging
  • 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 (pens, markers, no wood pencils)
  • Yarn

18 Comments to “Complete list of items you can bring”

  1. Will you take VHS tapes?

    • Hi Marian- According to the Highland Shredding website, they will take VHS tapes and shred them. In other words, they will not be reused. If that works for you, please bring them.

      Laurie Sabol
      Ayer Recycling Committee
      Get Ready for Recycle Your Reusables, the largest one-stop recycling event in the area, Oct 25, Ayer-Shirley Middle School

  2. What about unusable gas grills?

    • Hi Dot

      I would assume the grill is metal and if that’s the case, we will have a scrap metal recycler waiting with open arms to receive it. Hope this information helps!

      Laurie Sabol, Ayer Recycling Committee

  3. when, where, how is a drop off done? just bring it on the date?

  4. Is Highland Shredding accepting video tapes again this year?

  5. What about mattresses?

  6. Re mattresses:

    Mattresses and box springs are tricky. The Lowell Wish Project is our furniture/household goods vendor and here is some information from their website. If you’re not certain, please give them a call ahead of time so you can plan appropriately.

    We accept useful, clean, practical items. We do not accept everything, only what our clients need. All items must be fully functional, hygienic and safe. They should be complete, with all legs, cushions and other parts. See more specific information below.
    Please help us keep to our mission and be zero waste by donating only goods we accept. It costs us to dispose of other items. As a rule, we do not accept large furniture pieces, or unnecessary, decorative or fancy items. We also will not accept broken, rusted, or torn items.

    Not sure if we can take it? We reserve the right of refusal, so please call at 978-441-9474 or email us at to make sure it will be accepted.

    Accepted Items:

    Mattresses and Bed Frames: We welcome Twin, Full, Queen, large hotel donations of mattresses, bunk beds, futon sets or frames, toddler beds, daybeds, trundles, cots and air mattresses. NO KINGs, PLATFORM BEDS, CAPTAINS BEDS, WATER BEDS, HOSPITAL BEDS.

  7. Hello. I have 2 questions. How much will it cost to recycle electronics? Also, I see 2 questions/answers about shredding VHS tapes. Will there be a vendor who accepts them at this event or is the suggestion to take them to Highland Shredding (where are they located)?

    Thank you.

    • Depends on the electronics. I am pretty sure that many of the things that All American Recycling will take, they’ll take for free. Some things, like TVs and CRTs, they will charge for. You might want to call them ahead of time to make sure, 855 489 2689. Re VHS tapes, those will not be taken by the shredder, but by More than Words. Hope this info helps. Thanks for recycling!

  8. Hi Laurie,
    I am wondering if there are people that can come to a persons residence to pick up large items? I live in Ayer and don’t have a truck.
    Thank you,

  9. What about holiday decorations?

    • It’s possible that Extras for Creative Reuse might want them. You might want to contact them ahead of time at 781-599-9939. If you have LED lights, definitely. Thanks for your interest!

  10. Will you take lacrosse Helmets?

    • We had a sporting goods vendor in the past but they cancelled last year at the last minute. We’re trying to find another sporting goods vendor but I don’t yet know what we’ll turn up. What are the helmets made of? Depending on that, they may be recyclable, so let me know. Thanks for your interest.

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