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LIGHTBULBS & BATTERIES

  • Batteries that contain mercury (for example, hearing aid batteries) go to your town's hazardous Waste collection. Some Boards of Health might also collect them.
  • Regular alkaline batteries (for example, AAA, AA batteries) can be thrown in the trash.

  • Fluorescent lightbulbs also get collected by most towns on Hazardous Waste collection days. Or you can drop them off at Home Depot and Winters for no charge.

  • Regular incandescent light bulbs can go in the trash.

TO RECYCLE ELECTRONICS

FURNITURE & HOUSEHOLD GOODS

CLOTHING & SHOES

For your community's specific recycling and special trash disposal days, check your community page

BOOKS

  • Donate books to your local public library. Most public libraries have a Friends group that will sell donated books as a fundraiser, then give the money raised to the library for new purchases. So even if the library cannot use your donated books, the Friends group might. However, check your library's list of what they can and cannot accept. It takes a lot of volunteer work to sort and move the books, so it's thoughtful to make sure it's worth their effort.

The Friends of Cary Library in Lexington, MA have a list of books they can and cannot handle.

Note: you cannot put hardcover books in the paper recycling bin without tearing off the hardcover first.

EYEGLASSES

In Lexington, MA, the Lions Club manages several eyeglass drop-off locations, including Michaelson's Shoe Store and Stop & Shop.

PLASTICS #5: YOGURT CONTAINERS & KEURIG VUE CUPS

  • If your local recycling program does not take #5 plastics, then Preserve will recycle your #5 Plastics into colorful plates, bowls and utensils that are dishwasher safe and usable in the microwave. Use Preserve to recycle:
  • yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese, cream cheese & hummus containers
  • Brita water filters
  • Burts' Bees tubes
  • cleaned take out containers
  • Keurig Vue cups

Either drop off your #5 plastics at your local Whole Foods or mail them in to Preserve .

Earn rewards from recyclebank for your efforts.

STYROFOAM

ReFoamIt(R) at 25 Mohawk Dr, Warehouse 2 in Leominster is dedicated to recycling styrofoam. You can drive there and drop off unlimited quantities of styrofoam, free, or check their local events for a drop off in your area. Go to the Upcoming Events /Single event page for listings. Call 508-864-8723 to arrange for drop-offs & pick-ups

BIKES

Bikes not bombs will take bikes and refurbish them.

TOOLS

Donate tools at the Somerville Tool Library - you'll get a free yearly membership, worth $50, and help support a great concept!

"The Somerville Tool library is a tool lending library located at Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave., in Somerville, Massachusetts. It is available to residents of Somerville and the surrounding cities and towns. The library is open Thursdays from 4PM to 8PM and Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM."

Read the boingboing article

CAR SEATS

Car seats that can still be used safely can be donated to a local shelter, freecycled, sold individually or at a local yard sale. See links above under Household Goods.

It is free to advertise yard sales on the HelpAroundTown Bulletin Board.

If your old car seats and booster seats are no longer safe, here is how to dispose of them:

  • Remove the straps and the fabric. Try to reomove as much of the metal and styrofoam as possible. Recycle all materials separately. Mark the plastic base as 'bad' or 'do not use' and leave it for recycling/trash.

  • Consumer Reports has good advice about removing the metal and styrofoam that may be in a car seat + links to places in different states that will recycle car seats.

JEWELRY

Check your local senior center. Most have a fundraising shop where people can buy and sell things. Consider donating your jewelry there. For example, The Windowpane Shop at the Lexington Senior Center welcomes donations of jewelry, accessories and small gift items. Monday & Friday mornings only.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Berklee College of Music will donate good quality instruments to local public schools and teen centers, including places where Berklee volunteers help enrich music education.