The 8th annual Recycle Your Reusables, held on October 15, was a tremendous success! 515 people, a 25% increase from last year came from near (Ayer) and far (Newton). Thanks to you, more than 15 tons of material were diverted from local landfills. Residents from 30 towns dropped off:
- 6.5 tons of electronics
- a small mountain of plastic bags
- 2.125 tons of textiles
- 3 tons of shredded paper and media
- 58 mattresses for recycling
- 50 cubic yards of Styrofoam
- 41 pounds of pens and markers at their end of life
- 13 pounds of Brita filters
- 10 pounds of drink pouches
- a truckload of goods for the Leominster Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- many household items for needy people served by Transitions at Devens and the Donations Clearinghouse
- 2.7 tons of scrap metal
- 1228 pounds of alkaline and rechargeable batteries, with 956 pounds having hazardous metals content
- hundreds of pounds of rigid plastic
- and SO much more.
In addition, the Devens Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry received almost $2000 and 755 pounds of food to help its clients.
I would like to thank our generous sponsors: Phoenix Park, North Middlesex Savings Bank, Dunkin Donuts (Ayer), Worker’s Credit Union, Catania-Spagna, CPF/Pepsi, Ayer Shop ‘n Save, Pizza Bella, the Cottage, Village Pizza (Shirley), Nashoba Club, the Shirley Sub Shoppe, the recycling Committees of Townsend, Groton and Shirley, and the Town of Littleton.
I would also like to thank our amazing crew of volunteers: Nick Boggiano, Susan Boggiano, Molly Cadogan, Irene Congdon, Alexander Corbett, Tessa David, Maikel Gad, John Hohman, Owen Macdonald, Will Macdonald, Ruth Maxant, Kelsie McAllister, Riley Meusel, Brody Miner, Rhyschel Perez, Lauri Poutry, Susan Shaine, Beth Suedmeyer, Samantha Tedford, Bryce Valliere, Michele Woodland, Girl Scout troop 81319 and leader Heather Houde, Girl Scout troop 62094 and leader Bette Surette, Cub Scout pack 100 and leader Erin Murphy, Ayer Shirley High School National Honor Society students 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 much appreciation to Ayer Transfer Station employees Andrew Jackson, foreman, and Frank Mavilia and to Ray Maillet, Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School custodian.
It’s not too early to start planning for next year. The 9th annual Recycle Your Reusables is tentatively scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 21 2017. See recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com for details. For questions or to volunteer, contact ayer email@example.com.