Where Else Can My Things Go?

See below for informational websites and a list of other places where you may be able to take a variety of items to be reused, recycled or disposed of properly. It includes some vendors and organizations Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center has a relationship with, as well as other resources.  Check back frequently for updates and postings of other local area drop off events.

Contact the organization listed before you go!  Please let us know of changes/additions to this list.

General Information

Recycling information on everything from air conditioners to yard signs can be found by searching the Recyclopediarecyclesmartma.org

Beyond the Bin Directory:  recyclesearch.com/profile/ma

Look up items to recycle by zip code at Earth911.com:  search.earth911.com/?utm_source=earth911-header&utm_medium=top-navigation-menu&utm_campaign=top-nav-recycle-search-button

Specific

Arts, crafts, office supplies and office furniture, new or like new only – Devens Eco-Efficiency Center: devensecoefficiencycenter.wordpress.com

Bikes, parts, carriers, etc. at Worcester Earn A Bike: worcesterearnabike.org

Books, hardcover, paperback, antiquarian, audio books on CD; music CDs, LPs, DVDs. More Than Words:  mtwyouth.org

Books, soft cover –  Worcester County Jail:  worcestercountysheriff.com

Cell phones – Sterling Animal Shelter:  www.sterlingshelter.org

Construction and demolition debris. These sites have public scales for bulk waste disposal and you pay by weight.

Athol
E.L. Harvey – Fitchburg
Waste Management – Fitchburg/Westminster landfill
Charles George – AKS recycling Fitchburg
E.L. Harvey – Westborough
Superior Waste and Reycling – Worcester
Casella – Auburn, MA

Contact lenses and packaging – Canterbury Vision (West Boylston): www.canterburyvc.com

Crayons, towards end of life – The Crayon Initiative:  thecrayoninitiative.org/collect/

Currency, foreign, bills and coins – UNICEF Change for Good:  https://www.unicefusa.org/supporters/organizations/companies/american-airlines/change-good

Dehumidifiers in working order. Open to residents of towns served by Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, or Unitil:  www.masssave.com/shop/recycling/dehumidifier

Electronics, appliances, any condition. No CRT monitors or CRT TVs:

All American Recycling (fees charged):  all-american-recycling.com/

Electronics Takeback Programs Directory: electronicstakeback.com/how-to-recycle-electronics/manufacturer-takeback-programs/

Local FREE electronics recycling programs: electronics.howstuffworks.com/family-tech/tech-for-parents/recycle-your-electronics-at-big-retailers

Eyeglasses, hearing aids and prescription sunglasses. Intact, no missing lenses or broken frames. No cases.  Lions Club:  lionsclubs.org

Fluorescent bulbs and tubes: Residents of Holden, Paxton, Princeton and Rutland can drop them off at town locations. See your town website for details.

Lowes and Home Depot also take them at their in store recycling drop off. Check local stores.

Hazardous Waste – New England Disposal Tech (NEDT, Sutton, MA):  nedtinc.com

Holiday strings of lights, LED only at Holiday LEDs:  holidayleds.com

Household Items:

Abby’s House Worcester:  abbyshouse.org
Andy’s Attic Worcester (teenage or younger clothing, backpacks etc):  andysattic.org
Central MA Housing Alliance:  cmhaonline.org
Donations Clearinghouse:   cmhaonline.org/
Fresh Start Furniture Bank (Hudson, MA) – homegoods, furniture, linens etc.:  freshstartfurniturebank.org
Goodwill Worcestergoodwillmass.org
Habitat for Humanity ReStore – They also take construction and building supplies:
      Worcester: www.habitatmwgw.org
      Leominster: www.restorencm.org
Household Goods (Acton, MA):  householdgoods.org

Latex paint.  Recolor Paints (Hanover, MA) can recycle most but not all, still liquid, latex paints: recolorpaints.com

Medical equipment, gently used only. REquipment Durable Medical Equipment Reuse – Call 800 261 9841 to arrange drop off or pick up:  dmereuse.org

Musical instruments, stringed and band instruments, no pianos or organs. Must be repairable or playable.  Joy of Music:  www.jomp.org

Pens, towards end of life – The Pen Guy:  penguyart.com

Plastic grocery bags, plastic product overwrap. Most grocery stores will take this. See this list for what is accepted:  plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/plastic-film-education-individuals/learn-whats-recyclable

Plastic plant pots and trays. Check your local Lowe’s store.

Plastic six-pack rings and multi-pack carrier rings. Ringleader:  ringleader.com

Skis, boards, hockey sticks, golf clubs, bats, in very good to excellent condition. SkiChair: skichair.com

Stuffed animals. Department of Children and Families (DCF), Worcester Social Services

Styrofoam (#6, clean, white, no tape or labels) – Gold Circuit E-cycling: goldcircuitecycling.com

Tennis balls – RecycleBalls:  recycleballs.org

Textiles

Bay State Textiles accepts a wide variety of textiles in any condition as long as they’re clean, dry and odor-free:  baystatetextiles.com
Epilepsy Foundation New England accepts clean, wearable clothing:  donateclothes.epilepsynewengland.org/unacceptable-items
Goodwill Worcester:  goodwillmass.org
Mustard Seed (sleeping bags, pillows, bags, blankets):  mustardseedcw.org
Salvation Army (textiles to recycle and usable clothing/shoes/accessories):  satruck.org
Veteran’s Centers (men’s clothing/shoes, travel sized unopened toiletries)
Worcester Animal Shelter:  worcesterarl.org
Sterling Animal Shelter:  sterlingshelter.org
NEADS Assitance Dogs (petware, blankets etc):  neads.org

Tires, auto, motorcycle, bicycle, lawn mower, tractor, on or off the rim.

Wine corks, no plastic – ReCORKrecork.com

Variety

RAW – Refugee Artisans of Worcester:  refugee-artisans.org

Terracycle –  See the website for the many unusual items you can recycle:  terracycle.com

You also might consider posting your items on:

Freecyclefreecycle.org
Craigslist – Worcester, MA (various locations):  worcester.craigslist.org
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