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.
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
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.
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
● 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 Worcester: goodwillmass.org
● Habitat for Humanity ReStore – They also take construction and building supplies:
● 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
● 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 – ReCORK: recork.com
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:
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