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September 14, 2017

Never been to RYR? Read This First!

Recycle Your Reusables is

  • a local way to keep hundreds of tons of material from waste streams. Vendors repurpose materials of value in ways that support underserved communities, and boost our local economy.
  • a very busy and chaotic place! You may encounter waiting lines. Please be patient! And don’t come early. No one will be allowed to drop off anything prior to 9am.
  • a volunteer-run event that operates a shoestring. Almost everything is free to drop off except some electronics and appliances, mattresses, propane tanks, lawn mowers, snow blowers, VHS and cassette tapes. See the Complete List.

Recycle Your Reusables is not

  • a place to drop off junk. Items you bring will be recycled or reused. Even though you think that overstuffed 70s plaid couch that smells like cigarette smoke is still perfectly useable, vendors might disagree with you and it is their prerogative to refuse any items.
    • If being recycled the items may be broken down into their component parts (think electronics and mattresses) or ground and repurposed (think Styrofoam).
    • If being reused, items will be received by vendors such as More Than Words, Habitat for Humanity, Ginny’s Helping Hand and many more.

Can’t make it to RYR?

  • Visit a CHARM (Centers for Hard to Recycle Materials). Some local transfer stations are regularly open to non-residents. See the attached list for info.
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July 1, 2017

Complete list of items you can bring

HTML  |  PDF  (updated 10/15/17) NOTE: This list is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

RYR Site Map (updated 10/15/17). If you are bringing a lot of different items view this map ahead of time. It will help you pack your car efficiently. Bring it with you for best success.

June 30, 2017

Vendors

NOTE: Updated 10/15/17. This list will change. Please check back for updates.

AC&M Fire Equipment: 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.

All-American Recycling: anything with a cord that’s no longer usable: 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, hearing aids and prescription sunglasses. 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.

BagShare Project: drip tape/irrigation tape; climbing rope; clothesline, cording, webbing; string; shoelaces; rope; sewing machines, home or industrial, electric or treadle; animal feed bags, bird seed bags, malt bags, clean, dry, intact; sewing notions; scissors; pinking shears; scissor sharpening machines and tools; grommets and grommet setting machines; punches and punch presses; stamp making supplies; adhesive backed label making sheets; sewing and clothing construction books; storage containers/drawer units with or without lids; fabric paints and printing supplies; poster board; bulletin boards.

Battery Man Recycling: rechargeable and single-use household batteries, such as D-cell, C-cell, AA, AAA, 9-volt, and button cell; rechargeable battery packs from cell phones, cameras, laptops, power tools, etc; automotive/motorcycle/boat batteries; cell phones and any other dry-cell batteries.

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. Put items in bags.

Devens Eco-Efficiency Centeryarn, fabric, children’s paints, arts and crafts supplies, office supplies (new or gently used, no electronics), etc.

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; mattress/box springs sets (queen or smaller); sets of dishes, glasses and silverware; cookware; upholstered items (sofas, loveseats, chairs) in good, reusable condition.

DuPont Tyvek: used Tyvek® envelopes.

E. L. Harvey: paper, CD and DVD shredding (no hard disks or jewel cases). NOTE: Onsite from 11am-2pm only.

Friends of Pepperell Recreation: gently used bicycles, scooters, wagons, tricycles, ride-on toys.

G. W. Shaw and Sons: rigid plastics.

Ginny’s Helping Hand: household goods, clothing, toys/games (must be new in box), Pack ‘n Plays, decorative items/knick knacks (must be in very good condition), radios/CD players, DVD players (must be in very good condition), sleeping bags.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore:  Good to excellent, ready-to-install construction materials such as faucets, shower enclosures, piping, tubs, vanities, bricks, masonry, shutters, roof shingles, cabinets, countertops, doors, electrical supplies (no light bulbs), ceramic tiles (full boxes only), 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 10 years old; hand and power tools (in working order only); area rugs and carpeting (new only); furniture (clean, no rips, tears or stains, no sleeper sofas or futons).

KWD, Inc: Styrofoam, including #6 coolers, packing blocks, coffee cups, food trays, takeout containers, non-biodegradable packing peanuts. All items must be absolutely clean, dry and in bags. No spongy foam.

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 supplies including tennis balls, toys, intact baby/dog gates, metal crates, big plastic outdoor play sets, non-plush toys (hard balls, tugs, Frisbees).

Paint Exchange: latex paint, partial containers OK. must be reusable. NOTE: Onsite from 11am-2pm only. To be accepted, paint must:

  • be in original container specifying type (e.g., Latex), intended application (e.g., interior), and gloss level.
  • visually match labelled content.
  • be less than 10 years old.
  • be in liquid form. No paint that has been frozen will be accepted.
  • See requirements for acceptable paint here.

Pat Brody Shelter for Cats: cat carriers and cat trees in reusable condition, odor-free.

ReCORK: natural 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.

Ring Leader: plastic six-pack rings and multi-pack carrier rings

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

Salvation Army: hard wood furniture, couches (no couch covers), recliners, new carpeting, sporting goods.

Terracycle:

  • Air freshener cartridges/plugs, packaging, trigger heads
  • Brita water filters and pitchers
  • Contact lenses and blister packs, all brands
  • Entenmann’s Little Bites plastic pouches
  • Foil-lined energy/granola bar wrappers
  • Febreze aerosol containers (empty), Febreze ONE sprayers and refills
  • Oral care products: toothpaste tubes (empty), caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, floss containers (empty).

Trex Recycling: Plastic Bags 1: including grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, packaging air pillows, product wrap, re-sealable bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, salt bags, cereal bags, food storage bags. All materials must be clean, dry and free of food residue.

UTEC: non-usable mattresses and box springs. No futons, waterbeds or airbeds.

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

June 1, 2017

Complete List (updated 9/10/17)

  • Adhesive-backed label making sheets
  • Air conditioners
    • If usable, no fee, must be less than 9 years old
    • If being recycled, $5 fee
  • Air freshener cartridges/plugs, packaging, trigger heads
  • Alkaline batteries: see Batteries
  • Animal feed bags, plastic
  • Appliances of all sizes
    • If usable, no fee, must be less than 10 years old
    • If being recycled, $5 fee
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • 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
  • Bathroom vanities
  • Bathtubs and enclosures
  • Batteries (intact, 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, Garage/Auto Keyless Entry)
    • rechargeable (including NiCad, NiMH, Lithium-Ion, laptops, UPSs, smaller lead-acids)
  • Bed rails
  • Belts, hats, scarves, ties (clean and dry, don’t have to be usable)
  • Bicycles (rideable, gently used), tools, bike tires, bike racks and accessories
  • Bird seed bags
  • Boat covers, plastic
  • Book cases
  • Books, print or CD (no encyclopedias)
  • Boots (clean and dry, don’t have to be wearable). Put items in bags.
  • Brita filters, accessories and packaging
  • Bubble wrap (please pop first)
  • Bulletin boards
  • Bureaus
  • Button cell batteries: see Batteries
  • Cabinets
  • Carpeting (no larger than 5×7) and carpet tiles. Must be in excellent condition.
  • Cassette tapes ($10 per box)
  • Cat carriers and cat trees in reusable condition, odor-free
  • CD players (must be in very good condition)
  • CDs, reusable
  • CDs for shredding (no jewel cases). NOTE: Vendor will be onsite from 11am-2pm only.
  • Ceiling fans
  • Cell phones
  • Cereal bags
  • Climbing rope
  • Cloth tote bags
  • Clothesline
  • Clothing (clean and dry, doesn’t have to be wearable). Put items in bags.
  • Computers
  • Contact lenses and blister packs, all brands
  • Cookware
  • Countertops
  • Cracker bags
  • Crafts supplies
  • Crayons
  • Cribs (must be less than six years old) and mattresses
  • CRT computer monitors: $25 fee
  • CRT televisions, see televisions
  • 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, working. See eligibility info.
  • Dental floss containers, empty
  • Dining tables and chairs
  • Dishes, sets only
  • Dog equipment: metal crates, tennis balls, toys
  • Doors (no sliding glass doors)
  • Drip tape/irrigation tape
  • Dry erase markers at the end of their life
  • 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, reusable
  • DVDs for shredding (no jewel cases). NOTE: Vendor onsite 11am-2pm only.
  • Electrical construction supplies
  • Electronics, see specific type. NOTE: some will incur fees.
  • End tables
  • Energy bar wrappers (foil-lined only)
  • Entenmann’s Little Bites plastic pouches
  • Extension cords, outdoor/heavy-duty
  • Eyeglasses
  • Fabric
  • Fabric paints and printing supplies
  • Febreze aerosol containers (empty), Febreze ONE sprayers and refills
  • 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.
  • Flat screen televisions, see televisions
  • Flooring
  • Floppy disks for shredding
  • Foil-lined energy/granola bar wrappers
  • Folding tables
  • Freezers
    • if usable, no fee, must be less than 9 years old
    • if being recycled, $5 fee
  • 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)
  • Granola bar wrappers (foil-lined only)
  • Grommets and grommet setting machines
  • Hardware (locks, knobs, hinges)
  • Hearing aids
  • High chairs
  • Highlighters at the end of their life
  • Holiday lights (LEDs only)
  • Household items (area rugs, framed prints, mirrors, fans, ironing boards, shower curtain liners, dustpan & brooms)
  • Jewel cases (plastic cases holding DVDs and CDs)
  • Jewelry
  • Keys and locks
  • Kitchenware
  • Knick Knacks (must be in very good condition)
  • Lamps
  • Laptops
  • Latex paint, must be reusable. See requirements here for what will be accepted.
  • Lawn mowers, $10 fee. Oil and gas must be drained.
  • Lead acid batteries: see Batteries
  • Leather hats and belts
  • Linens (sheets, towels, blankets, table linens, comforters. Clean and dry, don’t have to be usable). Put items in bags.
  • Lithium batteries: see Batteries
  • LIVESTRONG wristbands
  • Lumber and plywood
  • Markers at the end of their life
  • Mattress/box springs/bed frame/headboard/footboard sets (queen or smaller). No futons. If being recycled, $10 per mattress.
  • 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
  • Nightstands
  • Office supplies (new or gently used, no electronics)
  • 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, plastic only
  • 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, must be reusable. See requirements here for what will be accepted. NOTE: Vendor onsite from 11am-2pm only.
  • Pallets, wood
  • Paper (for shredding). NOTE: Vendor onsite from 11am-2pm only.
  • Plastic bags 1 (for groceries, newspapers, wood pellets, bird seed, potting soil, frozen foods, salad fixings, etc. No compostable or biodegradable bags)
  • Plastic bags 2 (translucent, that hold crackers, cereal, etc). Separate from bags 1.
  • Plastic boat covers
  • Plastic buckets, 5-gallon
  • 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
  • Porcelain kitchen and bath fixtures, unusable
  • Poster board
  • Projection televisions, see televisions
  • Propane tanks (empty) $5
  • 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)
  • 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 fee
  • Ride-on toys (rideable, gently used)
  • Rollator walkers
  • Roofing materials
  • Rope
  • Scissor sharpening machines and tools
  • Scissors, pinking shears
  • Scooters (for medical use)
  • Scooters (rideable, gently used)
  • Scrap metal
  • Sewing machines, home or industrial, electric or treadle
  • Sewing notions
  • Shelves
  • Shoes and boots (clean and dry, don’t have to be wearable). Put items in bags.
  • Shutters
  • Sinks, porcelain
  • Six-pack and multipack plastic rings (cut up or intact)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sling lifts (for medical use)
  • Snow blowers, $10 fee. Oil and gas must be drained.
  • Socks, tights, pantyhose
  • Sporting goods, must be in reusable condition
  • Stamp making supplies
  • Standers and gait trainers
  • Storage containers/drawer units with or without lids
  • Strollers, adapted
  • Stuffed animals
  • Styrofoam, including #6 coolers, packing blocks, coffee cups, food trays, takeout containers, non-biodegradable packing peanuts. Items must be absolutely 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:
      • CRT TV monitors
        • up to 27 inches, $30 fee
        • over 27 inches, $45 fee
      • LCD, Plasma or LED TV monitors
        • up to 42 inches, $15 fee
        • over 42 inches, $25 fee
  • Tennis balls
  • Thermometers and thermostats
  • Throw rugs (clean and dry, don’t have to be usable). 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
  • Toys (new in box only)
  • Tricycles (rideable, gently used)
  • Tub/shower chairs
  • Tyvek envelopes
  • Upholstered furniture (sofas, loveseats, chairs). Must be reusable.
  • Velcro
  • VHS tapes ($10 per box)
  • Wagons (children’s, rideable, gently used)
  • 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)
  • Yarn
February 23, 2017

New Items Being Collected in 2017

  • air freshener cartridges and plugs, packaging and trigger heads
  • cat carriers and cat trees in reusable condition, odor-free
  • cereal and cracker bags
  • contact lenses (single use) and blister packs
  • Entenmann’s Little Bites plastic pouches
  • Febreze aerosol containers (empty), Febreze ONE sprayers and refills
  • fire extinguishers, empty or pressurized
  • latex paint, must be reusable. Please note here requirements for acceptable paint.
  • oral care products: toothpaste tubes (empty) and caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers (empty)
  • six-pack plastic rings (cut up or intact)

And lots more. We’ll be adding to this list as October draws closer.

October 27, 2016

Thank you! 2017 was a great success!

The 9th annual Recycle Your Reusables was a tremendous success! Over 600 people, a 25% increase from last year, travelled from near (Ayer) and far (Taunton) to divert more than 15 tons of material from local landfills, including:

  • 1500 lbs of arts and crafts supplies
  • 4800 books, CDs and DVDs
  • 109 dehumidifiers
  • 8 tons of electronics
  • 250 lbs of fire extinguishers
  • 250 gallons of usable latex paint
  • 38 lbs of LED holiday lights
  • 2.1 tons of paper for shredding
  • 2.6 tons of scrap metal
  • 60 cubic yds of styrofoam
  • 3500 lbs of textiles

In addition, the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry received almost $2000 and 600 pounds of food to help its clients.

I would like to thank our generous sponsors: Social Catalysts Charitable Foundation, Catania Oils, James Normington (Edward Jones Westford), Phoenix Park, Main Street Bank, Dunkin Donuts (Ayer), CPF/Pepsi, Gervais Ford, Ayer Shop ‘n Save, the Cottage, Village Pizza (Shirley), Roux’s, the Parthenon, the Bull Run, Verona, the Nashoba Club, the Shirley Sub Shoppe, the recycling committees of Townsend and Groton and the Town of Littleton.

I would also like to thank our amazing crew of over 70 volunteers, too many to name here. Please know that you are all greatly appreciated.

Thanks and much appreciation to Ayer Transfer Station employees Andrew Jackson 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 10th annual Recycle Your Reusables is tentatively scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 20 2018. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact ayerrecycles@gmail.com.