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Baby Goods

Baby clothing can be donated to any donation or drop box. Most places will not take items listed in recalls, check www.cpsc.gov first to see if your items are on the baby products recall list. Salvation Army, Savers.com will take baby clothing and toys. Craiglist or Freeycle or even consignment shops make great options for […]

Arts, Crafts & Hobby Items

Reuse: For usable left over supplies contact scout leaders, preschools, and/or local town recreation dept. Recycle: old crayons go to www.crazycrayons.com Schools can recycle Elmer’s glue bottles and sticks through www.elmersgluecrew.com


Unwanted mail and catalogs are recyclable, but it makes more sense to reduce them at the source: • DirectMail.com – a free service that gets your name off commercial mailing lists (www.directmail.com/directory/mail_preference); • Catalog Choice – a free service that puts a stop to the delivery of unwanted catalogs www.catalogchoice.org; • OptOutPrescreen.com – a free […]

Incandescent Light Bulb

Old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs are not recyclable and should be thrown away.


Refrigerator magnets can’t be put into the recycling bins, but they can be reused and repurposed into new magnets with colored paper, photos or glue. If you have large quantities get rid of them, contact a local school, local scouts or senior center to see if they could use them for art projects.

Fluorescent light bulbs

All fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury gas (even the ones with green tips). Many municipalities accept fluorescent bulbs from residents and businesses for free or a small charge. The Center for EcoTechnology offers free disposal guidance to Massachusetts businesses and residents. Contact Sean Pontani at sean.pontani@cetonline.org or 413-586-7350, ext 225. Additional recycling options vary based […]


Many older household thermometers (fever, candy, meat, deep fry, oven, ambient temperature) have liquid mercury-based indicators. A mercury thermometer can be easily identified by the presence of a silver bulb at the end of a glass tube. If the bulb is red, blue, purple, green or any other color, it is not a mercury thermometer. […]


Thermostats with digital displays typically do not contain mercury switches. Switches containing liquid mercury are found in older wall-mounted thermostats. Although these switches are fairly sturdy, they should be carefully handled to avoid breakage. In addition to municipal collection programs, mercury-type thermostats are accepted at no charge at many plumbing retail stores (search Yellow Pages […]

Paper Shredding

Your shredded paper can go in with your paper recycling if in paper bag or approved bag by your vendor E.L Harvey does shredding on site www.elharvey.com Universal Shredding, 877.SHRED.44 ProShred www.proshred.com


If your unwanted paint was purchased recently and is in good condition, consider donating it for use instead of throwing it away. Many school/community theatre groups and charitable organizations (such as Habitat for Humanity) will accept quality paint products. You may also offer it for reuse through www.FreeCycle.org. Petroleum (oil-based) paints, stains, thinners, and varnishes […]