What Can I Bring?

This list will be continually updated prior to the event.

  • 8-track tapes. See Media Storage below.
  • Adhesive-backed label making sheets
  • Air conditioners
    • If usable, must be less than 9 years old
  • Air freshener cartridges/plugs, packaging, trigger heads
  • Air hockey tables (must be clean, in working order, less than 5 years old)
  • Alkaline batteries: see Batteries
  • Appliances
    • for reuse, must be in excellent condition, no fee
    • for recycling $5-$15 based on size
  • Arts and crafts supplies (new or like new only)
  • Audio cassette tapes ($10/box)
  • Automotive batteries
  • Baby/pet gates
  • Baby gear/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
  • Baseball cards
  • Bathroom vanities
  • Bathtubs and enclosures
  • Batteries (intact, not bulging or 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, Garage/Auto Keyless Entry)
    • rechargeable (including NiCad, NiMH, Lithium-Ion, laptops, UPSs, smaller lead-acids)
  • Beads
  • Bed rails
  • Belts, hats, scarves, ties (clean and dry, don’t have to be usable)
  • Bicycles (if you can ride them, we can take them. Tires must hold air AND bike must have all parts), tools, bike tires, bike racks (must include all parts needed to attach to car), accessories. No rusted or broken bikes accepted.
  • Binder clips
  • Book cases
  • Books, print or CD (no encyclopedias)
  • Boots (clean and dry, don’t have to be wearable). Put items in bags.
  • Bowflex home gym stations (must be clean, in working order, less than 5 years old)
  • Brita filters, accessories and packaging
  • Building supplies and equipment. See www.restorencm.org/donate/donation-guidelines/ for specifics.
  • Bulletin boards: very good condition only
  • Bureaus
  • Button cell batteries: see Batteries
  • Cabinets (must be in good condition and have all doors attached and drawers intact. All protruding nails or screws must be removed.)
  • Cameras
  • Carpeting (no larger than 5×7), carpet tiles, carpet padding. Must be in excellent condition.
  • Cassette tapes ($10 per box)
  • Cat carriers in reusable condition, odor-free
  • Cat trees in reusable condition, odor-free
  • CD players (must be in very good condition)
  • CDs
    • For reuse, no charge
    • For recycling, see Media Storage below.
  • Ceiling fans
  • Cell phones
  • Cereal bags
  • Chalk
  • Clipboards
  • Cloth tote bags
  • Clothing (clean and dry, doesn’t have to be wearable). Put items in bags.
  • Computers (no CRTs)
  • Construction supplies and equipment. See www.restorencm.org/donate/donation-guidelines/ for specifics.
  • Contact lenses and packaging, all brands
  • Cookware
  • Cork boards: very good condition only
  • Countertops (must be in good condition)
  • Cracker bags
  • Craft paper
  • Crafts supplies (new or like new only)
  • Crayons
  • Cribs (must be less than six years old) and mattresses
  • Curtains and draperies (clean and dry. Don’t have to be usable). Put items in bags.
  • Decorative items (must be in very good condition)
  • Dehumidifiers
    • if in working condition, may be eligible for $30 rebate. See eligibility info.
    • if broken, no fee to recycle.
  • Dental floss containers, empty
  • Desk organizers
  • Dining tables and chairs
  • Dishes, sets only
  • Doors (must have all tracking and glass intact, exterior doors with glass must be double pane)
  • Drywall, 2’x8′, 4’x’4′, 4’x8′
  • Duffle bags (Clean and dry, don’t have to be usable). Put in bags.
  • DVD players (must be in very good condition)
  • DVDs
    • For reuse, no charge
    • For recycling, see Media Storage below.
  • Electrical construction supplies
  • Electronics, see specific type. NOTE: some will incur fees.
  • Elliptical bikes (must be clean, in working order, less than 5 years old)
  • End tables
  • Energy bar wrappers (foil-lined only)
  • Entenmann’s Little Bites and Mini’s packaging
  • Envelopes
  • Erasers
  • Exercise cycles (must be clean, in working order, less than 5 years old)
  • Extension cords, outdoor/heavy-duty
  • Eyeglasses (no cases)
  • Fabric/felt: medium and large pieces
  • Filing cabinets
  • Fire extinguishers of all classes, including those filled with soda acid or carbon dioxide. Metal or plastic heads OK. Can be empty or still pressurized.
  • Flash drives. See Media Storage below.
  • Flat screen televisions, see televisions
  • Flooring (new and in box only)
  • Floppy disks. See Media Storage below.
  • Foam shapes
  • Foil-lined energy/granola/protein/meal replacement bar wrappers
  • Folders: all sizes, new only
  • Folding tables
  • Foosball tables (must be clean, in working order, less than 5 years old)
  • Foreign currency: bills and coins
  • Freezers
    • for reuse, must be in excellent condition, no fee
    • for recycling $15
  • Furniture (clean, no rips, tears or stains, no sleeper sofas or futons)
  • Games (new in box only)
  • Gloves (clean and dry, don’t have to be usable)
  • Glue and glue sticks: new only
  • Golf clubs
  • Granola bar wrappers (foil-lined only)
  • Grills, in very good to excellent condition
  • Hardware (locks with keys, knobs, hinges, nails, screws)
  • Hasbro toys in any condition (list here)
  • Hearing aids
  • Helmets
  • High chairs
  • Highlighters: new or in excellent condition
  • Hockey sticks
  • Holiday decorations, in very good to excellent condition
  • Holiday lights (LEDs only)
  • Household items (area rugs, framed prints, mirrors, fans, ironing boards, shower curtain liners, dustpan & brooms)
  • Jewelry
  • Keys and locks
  • Kitchenware
  • Knick Knacks (must be in very good condition)
  • Lamps and shades
  • Laptops
  • Latex paint, must be reusable. $5/full can. $2/any fraction of a full can. See requirements here for what will be accepted.
  • Lawn mowers, $15 fee. Oil and gas must be drained.
  • Lead acid batteries: see Batteries
  • Leather hats and belts
  • Lighting fixtures, no bulbs
  • Linens (sheets, towels, blankets, table linens, comforters. Clean and dry, don’t have to be usable). Put items in bags.
  • Lithium batteries: see Batteries
  • LPs: See Media Storage below.
  • Luggage, soft-sided. Must be in very good condition.
  • Lumber and plywood (must be useable, with no warping or rotting)
  • Markers: new or in excellent condition
  • Mattress/box springs/bed frame/headboard/footboard sets (queen or smaller). No futons or water beds.
    • For reuse: must be in excellent condition.
    • Mattresses/box springs for recycling: must be clean, dry and insect-free. $20 per mattress. Vendor has the right of refusal.
  • Mechanical pencils at end of life.
  • Media storage: LPs, 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, floppy disks, memory sticks, jewel cases. One shoebox-sized box per person will be accepted for a $5 fee. Larger boxes of cassette and VHS tapes will be accepted at $10 per box. Please contact ayerrecycles@gmail.com for more information. 
  • Medicine cabinets (framed glass doors only)
  • Metal scrap
  • Microwaves
    • for reuse, must be in excellent condition, no fee.
    • for recycling, $5.
  • Monitors, flat screen
  • Motorcycle batteries
  • Musical instruments: string and band instruments. No pianos or organs. Must be playable or repairable.
  • Nightstands
  • Office supplies (new or like new only, no electronics)
  • Oral care products: toothpaste tubes (empty) and caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers (empty)
  • Pack ‘n Plays
  • Paint
    • full, unopened cans of the same color: interior/2 gallons minimum, exterior/5 gallons minimum. Only white, neutral and pastels.
    • opened cans of latex paint; water-based polyurethane, glazes, stains. See requirements here for what will be accepted.
  • Paint brushes
  • Pallets, wood
  • Patio sets, in very good to excellent condition
  • Pens (new or for recycling)/pencils (new only)
  • Pet carriers, small, in reusable condition and odor-free
  • Ping pong tables (must be clean, in working order, less than 5 years old)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic CD and DVD cases (aka “jewel cases”)
  • Plastic plant pots and trays
  • Plastic six-pack and multipack rings (cut up or intact)
  • Plumbing equipment
  • Pots/pans
  • Printers $5
  • Projection televisions, see televisions
  • Propane tanks (empty) $2-$10
  • Punches and punch presses
  • Purses (clean and dry, don’t have to be usable)
  • Puzzles (new in box only)
  • Radios (must be in very good condition)
  • Rechargeable batteries: see Batteries
  • Record albums: See Media Storage above.
  • Refrigerators
    • for reuse, must be in excellent condition, no fee
    • for recycling $15
  • Ribbon
  • Ride-on toys (rideable, gently used)
  • Roofing materials
  • Rowing machines (must be clean, in working order, less than 5 years old)
  • Rugs (no larger than 5×7). Must be in excellent condition.
  • Rulers
  • Scanners
  • Scissors: very good condition only
  • Scrap metal
  • Scrap wood
  • Shelves
  • Shoes and boots (clean and dry, don’t have to be wearable). Put items in bags.
  • Shower Enclosures (aluminum only)
  • Shutters
  • Sinks, faucets removed
  • Six-pack and multipack plastic rings (cut up or intact)
  • Skis (water, Alpine, Nordic)
  • Snow blowers, $15 fee. Oil and gas must be drained.
  • Snow boards
  • Socks, tights, pantyhose
  • Sporting goods (except weights and barbells), must be in reusable condition
  • Squeezable snack food pouches
  • Stamps
  • Staplers and staples
  • Stencils
  • Stereos
  • Stickers
  • Storage containers/drawer units with or without lids
  • Stoves
    • for reuse, must be in excellent condition, no fee.
    • for recycling, $15.
  • Stuffed animals
  • Styrofoam
    • bulk, pre-formed packing and coolers, must display #6 symbol. White only.
    • insulation board, aka Owens Foamular (pink), or Dow Styrofoam (blue board), will display #6 symbol.
    • spongy foam, white or clear only. Will display #4 symbol.
      • No packing peanuts or food containers. All items must be absolutely clean and dry.
  • Sunglasses, prescription (no cases)
  • Tape and adhesives
  • Televisions, flat screen
    • for reuse, must be in excellent condition, no fee
    • for recycling
      • up to 42 inches $15
      • over 42 inches $25
  • Tennis balls
  • Thermometers and thermostats
  • Throw rugs (clean and dry, don’t have to be usable). Put items in bags.
  • Thumb drives. See Media Storage above.
  • Thumb tacks
  • Tile, ceramic and vinyl
  • Tires (auto, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, on or off the rim)
  • Toilets, 1.6 gallons only, must be clean, water and seat must be removed
  • Tools
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste and packaging
  • Toys (new in box only)
  • Trading cards: sports and non-sports, gaming, adult, comic book, movie, TV show, music, etc.
  • Tricycles (rideable, gently used)
  • Upholstered furniture (sofas, loveseats, chairs). Must be very good to excellent condition.
  • VHS tapes ($10 per box)
  • Wagons (children’s, rideable, gently used)
  • Washers/dryers
    • for reuse, must be in excellent condition, no fee
    • for recycling $15
  • Windows (clean, complete and in good condition)
  • Wine corks, made of cork only
  • Wood scrap including Trex (no pressure-treated, creosote or railroad ties)
  • Yarn
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12 Comments

      1. All-American Recycling will be taking any appliance with a cord so you can bring it to RYR. I’m not sure if they’ll charge so you might want to contact them ahead of time. Thanks for your interest! –Laurie Sabol, Ayer Recycling Committee

  1. In previous years, feed/seed bags were accepted. I don’t see them on the list this time. Is that an oversight or are they really not wanted now. I have a lot.

    1. Hi CJ-

      That is correct. Paper shredding is quite expensive us, and there are several local businesses that offer it. Thus, we decided to have the shredder attend every other year. Thanks for your interest! Laurie Sabol, Ayer Recycling Committee

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