Wachusett Earthday accepts a large variety of items for recycling, reuse or disposal. Some are accepted without a fee but others require a fee in order to offset our disposal costs. Household Hazardous Products, including Paints, Chemicals and Pesticides, require special handling – and are therefore only accepted on special collection days. Please be aware that prices are subject to change without notice to due to changing market conditions.
Download the latest Recycling Brochure here (PDF)
Prices effective 11-01-2019
Finally, Wachusett Earthday also operates as a source of serviceable items for those in need.
The following bulk items may be recycled without a fee (effective 11/1/19):
- mercury thermometers and other mercury items
- fluorescent tubes and cfl bulbs, led bulbs
- cell phones
- returnable ‘deposit’ cans and bottles
- block/packing Styrofoam (clean, white with tape and labels removed)
- textiles including shoes, belts, single socks etc. (rips or stains ok, but no wet or mildew)
- scrap and other metal items not listed under fees
The following bulk items may be recycled for a fee -payable by cash or check made out to Wachusett Earthday. Please be aware that prices are subject to change without notice to due to changing market conditions.
|Containers: Plastics #1-7, metal, and glass
|Paper (including fiber board boxes and cardboard tubes)
NO wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags, ribbons, paper towels, tissues, hardcover books, plastic bags, paper cups or plates
|Corrugated Cardboard – emptied and flattened
|Televisions (all sizes)||$20|
|Small electronics and plastics: personal care (hair dryer, curling iron, clothes iron etc), wires, cables etc. plastic planters, bins, sleds||$1|
|Refrigerator or freezer (full-sized)||$20|
|Air conditioner, dehumidifier, dorm size refrigerator||$15|
|Large appliances and equipment: computer monitor, laptop, battery backup, printer, copier, washer, dryer, stove, hot water tank, dishwasher, exercise equipment, tiller, push mower, sm mower, sm snow blower (<20″),||$5|
|Small appliances, table top electronics and equipment: microwave, vacuum, sm printer, PC, stereo, video, dvd player, grill, metal desk, wheelbarrow, trimmer, chain saw, blower, spreader, other large tools, plastic chair, lg plastic toy, plastic garbage can, wood chair, end table, metal desk, other small furniture, children’s car seat||$3|
|Sink, toilet, wood table, exterior door, lg plastic chair, chaise, or table, motorized children’s car||$5|
|Skiis, luggage, garden hose, wood pallet, interior door||$2|
|Mattresses or box springs vary by size
|Upholstered chairs, bureau, plastic slides, entertainment center, tub, riding mower, lg snow blower (>20″), area rug or pad (up to 12’x 12′) pool or hot tub cover, plastic slides, plastic play houses||$10|
|Sleeper sofa, hot tub, pool liner||$30|
|Home project debris (small quantities only) such as lumber, brick, shingles, concrete, wallboard, tile, window, carpet, carpet pad (NO Creosoted wood or yard waste or general trash) Please pack so that the volume can be estimated easily by the Check In volunteers who will assess the loads.||$50 per cubic yard
|Tires vary by size
|Propane tanks vary by size
Note: Fees are subject to change and must be paid in cash or by check payable to Wachusett Earthday.
Household Hazardous Products
Wachusett Earthday holds multiple collections for Household Hazardous Products/Chemicals/Paints each year (with a fee). These special collection days are held from 8 a.m. to Noon. Please check back for dates and additional information for future collections.
Thousands of consumer products can be hazardous, but for simplicity, they can be broken into the following general categories:
Automotive Products Gasoline, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, car waxes and cleaners, lead-acid batteries, brake fluid, transmission fluid & motor oil
Home improvement products Paint, varnish, stain, paint thinner, paint stripper, caulk, adhesives. NOTE: Latex paint is not hazardous material and may be dried and disposed of with your home trash however we do collect it to be recycled.
Pesticides Insecticide and insect repellent, weed killer, pet spray and dip, flea collars, mothballs, disinfectant, wood preservative
Household cleaners Furniture polish and wax, drain opener, oven cleaner, tub and tile cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, spot remover, bleach, ammonia
Other Cosmetics, nail polish, pool chemicals, shoe polish, lighter fluid, arts and crafts materials
The items listed above carry the following fees:
|Liquid||$4 per gallon|
|Dry product||$4 per pound|
|Aerosol can||$1 each|
Note: Fees are subject to change and must be paid in cash or by check payable to Wachusett Earthday. Latex paint is not hazardous material and may be dried and disposed of with your home trash. As of July 2018, we are recycling latex paint that meets the recycling criteria.
Note: Universal Hazardous Waste items such as fluorescent light bulbs and tubes; household batteries and thermometers and thermostats may be dropped off in Center Circle any day that the site is open to the public. You do not have to store those items for an HHP collection day.
NOT ACCEPTED: Prescription medicines, sharps/needles. (Check your town’s websites for information on where to bring them in your town)
Reusable items at the Recycle Center
Wachusett Earthday accepts items in good condition for reuse. These items are available to individuals or other charitable organizations. When presenting a reuse item at the collection center, please inform the volunteer at check-in of its status as such. If the item in question requires a fee, we will require that fee at the time of delivery in the event Wachusett Earthday must dispose of it. We currently do not have adequate space to store upholstered furniture easily. If you have upholstered furniture that is clean enough for immediate reuse, please contact ReStore or Fresh Start Furniture Bank or other similar non-profit organizations to see if they can take the item.
Items available for swap and reuse include but are not limited to …
teacher resources, natural items including stones, shells, cones etc., toys, baby equipment, medical equipment and supplies, holiday and craft items, fabric arts including yarn, books, small household items (including linens and dishes), vases, wooden-ware, small working appliances, clean packing materials, furniture, large appliances and more!
Bicycles are accepted.
Clothing accepted for Salvation Army as well as other local organizations. (Also textiles for recycling)
** The Recycle Center Building is not open during the Special Paint & Chemical ONLY collection days.