Recycling A-Z

Listed below are many household items and great local options for where to recycle them. Businesses and charities listed in these links are for INFORMATION ONLY and do not constitute an endorsement.

A – C

Acaetylene, or welding, torches contain a highly flammable gas.  Some may contain asbestos.

If the name of the supplier is on the tank, bring it there.

If not, bring to:

Total Welding Supply
201 Montello St.
Brockton
800-886-9321

Praxair Direct
115 Millenium Circle
Lakeville
(508) 946-8901

Best Buy accepts up to 3 of the following per day: electronics and peripherals, televisions up to 32", VCR and DVD players, phones, cords, vacuums, fans, select other electric items, and remotes at no charge. Some items have a fee. (Check their site to make sure this list is current).

Lowes accepts appliances for recycling with purchase of new appliance

Anything Metal Removal Services
(free pick up Hanover and north; fee for Freon removal)
781-385-1404

Atlantic Metal Recycling
1282 Main Street (Rte. 27) - Hanson
781-293-2463

Brockton Iron and Steel
45 Freight Street - Brockton
508-586-4640

Desac Disposal Recycle and Transfer Station
106 Essex Street - Whitman
781-447-0137

Excel Recycling
37 Charlotte White Road - Westport
508-636-2780

Mid City Scrap
548 State Road - Westport
774-319-5420

Spiegel South Shore Scrap
212 N Cary Street - Brockton
508-897-0008

EverSource and National Gridsponsor a refrigerator/freezer recycling rebate program through MassSave for residential customers.

 

Found in many homes, asbestos is toxic.  It has 2 forms: friable and nonfriable.

Friable Asbestos: materials containing friable asbestos crumble by hand pressure when dry, and may be found in old pipe insulation. It should be removed and disposed by an asbestos abatement professional only. If it has already been removed, small quantities (up to a garbage bag) may be wetted, double bagged and brought to an HHW collection.

Larger quantities should be brought to:
Waste Management's Turnkey Landfill
Rochester NH
603-330-2134

Nonfriable asbestos, found in such materials as roofing, siding and flooring, should be handled by a demolition contractor or brought to:
Waste Management's Turnkey Landfill
Rochester NH
603-330-2134

Motor and fuel oil (free of water, gasoline and other contaminants) and antifreeze are accepted by many towns at their Highway Garages or transfer stations. Click under the TOWN PROGRAMS to see if yours does.

Advance Auto Parts stores accept motor oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic oil, gear oil, power steering fluid and used vehicle batteries .

AutoZone stores accept used vehicle batteries and most of their stores accept used motor oil and other fluids.

Spoiled gasoline is flammable, and must be brought to a hazardous waste collection event. Disposal at HHW collections can cost your municipality more than you paid for it. Try to buy just what you need, and use fluids up. If treated with sea foam or other gas stabilizer, gasoline can last a year or more.

If used antifreeze is not accepted by your town, store it securely so pets and children cannot access it, and bring it to a hazardous waste collection event.

Image result for alkaline batteriesAlkaline Batteries

Single use Alkaline and Carbon-Zinc Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V) are wasteful, but not hazardous. Dispose with trash. If your trash goes to Covanta SEMASS, the metal is recovered.

All non-alkaline batteries contain hazardous and/or valuable materials.

Since it takes about 50 times more energy to make a battery than you get out of it, it is better to use  Rechargeable Batteries.


Lithium Ion (Li-ion)

Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd),

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)

Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)

Small Sealed Lead** (Pb)

Call2Recycle provides the collection boxes at many retail and municipal locations for batteries commonly found in cordless power tools, phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, and remote control toys:

Lithium Ion (Li-ion)  but NOT Lithium. Seal spent lithium batteries in a dry plastic bag and bring to Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Find locations near you here.

Your town may have also a Call2Recycle collection box at its transfer station or recycling center.


Button Batteries 

Most small, round batteries found in items such as watches and hearing aids contain mercury, silver, cadmium, lithium, or other heavy metals.

If the store where you bought them doesn't accept them for recycling, bring them to a Hazardous Waste Collection Event.


Automotive Batteries 

Automotive and Small Sealed Lead batteries are banned from disposal due to their lead content, and may have some scrap value.

Many municipal transfer stations and recycling centers accept automotive batteries for recycling.

Scrap metal dealers usually pay a few dollars for them if delivered to their facility.

Advance Auto PartsAuto Zone, and many service stations accept auto batteries.

In conjunction with Earth Day (April 22), AAA holds their Great Battery Roundup with multiple collection points.

All non-wrap material must be removed, as it jams up the processors' equipment. The wrap is recycled into agricultural and construction films, composite decking, guard rail mounting blocks, etc.

Many local marinas provide bags and a collection area for shrink wrap recycling for a nominal fee.

NE Shrink Wrap removes and recycles shrink wrap from boats and other items for its customers

Dr. Shrink offers a mail back Re-Bag recycling system for $45, including shipping.  If your boat is 26' long or less, the wrap will fit in the bag.  ALL non-wrap material must be removed.

Bourne ISWMF at 201 MacArthur Blvd. accepts clean wrap from non-residents at no charge.  ALL non-wrap material must be removed.  Call ahead to make sure they are accepting material 508-759-0651
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday 7 AM - Noon

Free Shrink Wrap Recycling Program
by the Woods Hole Sea Grant
in collaboration with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

APRIL 16th - JUNE 30th
(while space lasts)

Boat owners can bring their bundled shrink wrap to one
of three Cape Cod locations to be recycled.  For recycling locations and times and for instructions on how to prepare shrink wrap for
recycling, please see Woods Hole Sea Grant

COLLECTION CONTAINER LOCATIONS

Books, undamaged used CDs, DVDs, tapes, records, sports cards and comic books. Host town or organization receives a weight based rebate.


Abington

Abington Town Hall
500 Gliniewicz WayNorma Kent Pastoral Counseling Center
10 Bedford Street

Kingston

Kingston Transfer Station, Cranberry Rd.
M Noon–7:45PM;  TWSS 8AM-3:45PM
Residents onlyKingston Elememtary School, 150 Main St.
Duxbury
Duxbury Transfer Station, Mayflower St.
Wed-Sun, 8AM-4PM
Residents onlyDuxbury Student Union, 147 St. George St.
Plymouth
Manomet Transfer Station
Tu, Th, Sat, Sun 8AM-4PM
Residents only
Hanover
Hanover Transfer Station
118 Rockland St
Fri-Tues, 8AM-4:30PM
Residents only
Rockland
Rockland Recycling Center
Beech St
Tues-Sat 8:30AM-3PM
Residents only
Hanson
Hanson Transfer Station, 201 Franklin St.
residents only
First Baptist Church, 214 Main St.
 
First Congregational Church
639 High St
Scituate
Scituate Transfer Station, 280 Driftway St
Fri -Tues 8:00-3:30
Residents onlyChrist Lutheran Church
460 Cushing Highway
Hingham
Hingham,Transfer Station, Hobart Street, Thurs-Sun: 7AM-4PM
Residents only
 

First Baptist Church of Hingham
85 Main St  (6 foot gray container)

Weymouth
Weymouth DPW, 120 Winter St.
Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30
Residents onlyTufts Library, 46 Broad Street
(8 foot gray container)
Hull
Lillian Jacobs Elementary School
180 Harborview Road
 

Brita® pitcher filters are accepted at many Whole Foods locations for recycling, including the ones in Hingham and Weymouth.

Some of these programs have been curtailed or moved to Customer Service.  A fresh list of locations will be available sometime in 2019.

Preserve (aka Recycline), based in Massachusetts, transforms these, as well as Stonyfield Yogurt containers and other clean #5 (polypropylene) plastics into toothbrushes, plates, cutting boards, etc.

If your town does not accept brush, you can chip it yourself, or bring it to:

Bridgewater Farm
1000 Plymouth St. - Bridgewater
508-697-0357
Fee is $6/cubic yard.

They also accept Christmas trees, leaves, and sometimes tree stumps. Brush must be free of rocks, plastic, metal and all other non-plant material.

Burning brush can be dangerous, and emits harmful pollutants.

Car seats are difficult to recycle, due to the many different materials that are stuck together. If you have the will, time and patience, deconstructing it is worth the effort.

  • discard soft plastic padding and small plastic pieces in the trash
  • place cloth straps and any other cloth parts in a textile donation bin
  • remove metal parts and place in a scrap metal bin (not with your curbside cans and bottles)
  • the plastic shell may be recycled with large rigid plastics, which are collected at annual Recycling Days by some towns, and year round at the Kingston Transfer Station.

Charities and thrift stores are prohibited by law from accepting used cars seats for donation.

Reuse is always best, but cardboard moving boxes may also be flattened and recycled through your municipal recycling program.  Remove all non-paper packing material.

U-Haul offers the Customer Connect service to help its customers sell, give away, or find boxes and moving supplies.

Moving boxes and packing supplies are also readily traded on local community exchange networks including Craigslist and Freecycle.  These are also great resources for purging as you prepare to move.

Conigliaro Industries
will remove, transport or accept used carpet and many other materials for drop off at:
701 Waverly St. - Framingham
888-266-4225

Small rugs may be recycled with textiles.

Small sections of carpet may be disposed with regular trash.  Pieces too large to fit in a cart go in bulky or construction waste.  Check with your town's program, or the Construction Materials page.

Thcomputer technology wheel object circle audio media dvd pc data dvds electronic device compact disc data storage deviceese items are NOT recyclable with your bottles and cans. Tapes cause terrible tangling problems at the sorting facilities. CDs, DVDs and cases are not the kind of plastic they can sort and sell, and will be landfilled or mis-sorted.

RecycleThatSalvation Army and Savers accept commercial CDs, DVDs, vinyl LPs and audio books in their original cases. Please, no taped, burned, or home recorded media.

For noncommercial (taped, burned, or home recorded) CDs, DVDs and cases, mail to:

CD Recycling Center of America
68H Stiles Road
Salem, NH 03079

GreenDisk accepts electronics and electronic media "technotrash", including difficult to recycle VHS tapes and microfilm, for a fee.

Vinyl records can also be made into party bowls.

Otherwise, these items go in the trash.

Many retailers (including Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, and Target), schools, police departments, and municipal transfer stations collect unwanted cell phones for profit or for people in need.

Verizon Wireless HopeLine refurbishes and distributes cell phones dropped off at store locations to domestic violence programs including Jane Doe, Inc.  Phones that can’t be refurbished are sold for parts, and the money is donated to domestic violence programs like JDI.

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans

All used clothing, shoes, belts, purses, and household 'softwear' are too good for the trash!

Donate used clothing, shoes, bags and household items at donation bins (even ripped, worn or stained) or thrift shops.

Local donation bins provide generous rebates to your town or school from recycled textiles. Items must be odor-free and dry.

Donation bins located in parking lots and gas stations put materials collected to their highest practical use. They may or may not support a charitable organization through per-pound payments, but all keep valuable material out of the trash.

Charities and thrift shops accept donations of usable clothing, and possibly other household items

Consignment shops  may accept high quality items in very good condition, and share a pre-arranged percent of the sale price with you

Click here for a list of materials that will be reused or recycled by donation bins, all which must be clean and dry.

Learn about textile recycling in Massachusetts:  "Holey Socks, Those go in the Donation Box!"

See photos of what Millbury Textile Recycling does with unsaleable used clothing and household linens.

Watch the 3 minute video, All About Textile Recycling


SCHOOLS AND TOWNS
Schools and towns that host a Bay State Textile or Helpsy (fka RecycleThat) bin receive a rebate for every pound of textiles collected.

Abington all public schools, library

Cohasset Transfer Station

Duxbury Transfer Station

Hanover Transfer Station, all public schools

Hanson Transfer Station

Hingham Transfer Station

Hull Public Schools

Kingston Transfer Station; all public schools, including Silver Lake

Middleboro landfill, public schools

Norwell outside Recycling Center
310 Main St. (Rt. 123)

Plymouth Public Schools (all)

Plymouth Transfer Station
exit 5

Rockland Recycling Center
Beech St. - Esten School

Scituate Transfer Station

Weymouth DPW
120 Winter St.

Weymouth Schools - most public schools

Whitman DPW
100 Essex St.


CHARITIES AND THRIFT SHOPS

Morgan Memorial/GoodwillSalvation Army and Hope's Closet Boutique support their good work through clothing and household items sales  in their thrift shops and other outlets.  Donations are tax deductible.

Hope's Closet Boutique, 819 Broad St., Weymouth, 781.331.HOPE (4673)

Salvation Army Thrift Shop, 936 Washington St, Hanover, 781.826.5686

Savers, a national thrift shop chain with locations in Hanover, Plymouth , Norwood and West Roxbury, shares a portion of proceeds from clothing sales with a designated charitable organization. They also accept household items.

Duxbury Thrift and Consignment
48 Depot St. - Duxbury
781-934-9014 


CONSIGNMENT SHOPS

Kids Echo
166 County Street - Lakeville
508-947-4114

Mum's Secret Closet
170 Water St. - Plymouth
508-927-4867

The Children's Clothesline
405 Washington St. - Hanover

Off the Rack
39 Washington St. (Rt 53) - Norwell
781-878-3555

American Retro
95 Church St. (Rt 139) - Pembroke
781-924-5240

Twice as Nice
46 Columbia Rd. (Rt 53)
Pembroke
781-829-4403

Kids Closet
46 Columbia Rd. (Rt 53) - Pembroke
781-829-9970

Style Unlimited
62 Court St. - Plymouth
508.927.4955

Resale Therapy Designer Consignment
106 Pleasant St., Columbian Sq. - Weymouth
781.331.8885

If you know a good consignment or thrift shop that isn't on the list, please contact Claire

Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors may be disposed in the trash.

Older ionization smoke detectors containing the the very weak radioactive isotope Americium-241 are not considered hazardous.  Go to smoke detectors at MassDEP site.

Many brand owners will accept them back if you mail them.  Click here for a list of company names and addresses

Newer smoke detectors, as well as carbon monoxide detectors, are photoelectric, and have no radioactive  components.  They may be recycled with electronics.

If a detector contain a non-alkaline battery, the battery must be removed and recycled properly.

Detectors are not made in a way that can be easily deconstructed to their components, which is necessary for recycling any product.  Curie Pack's website says they will deconstruct and recycle smoke detectors for $8 each, if you mail them in.

Coat and clothing hangers are NOT recyclable with your bottles and cans. The wire damages the

sorting equipment, and the plastics are not the types accepted (rigid containers).  However, most coat hangers can be reused or recycled elsewhere.  Most dry cleaners will take back wire hangers for reuse.  Please remove paper and foam.  Some thrift stores will accept plastic and wooden hangers for use or sale.  When purchasing clothing, decline to take the hangers with them; the store may reuse them.

For more information visit Recycle Nation

HOW TO GET A LOW-COST, RODENT-RESISTANT COMPOST BIN

An average household can compost between 500 and 1,000 pounds of organic material each year in the bins, producing a rich soil supplement out of material that would otherwise be disposed.

To make it easier to compost kitchen scraps and yard waste, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) makes home composting bins available to Massachusetts' cities and towns each year as part of the DEP's recycling equipment grant program.

The bins, which retail for $70-120, are available to residents of grantee communities for $25-$45. Some towns have one style, others have both.


TO OBTAIN A COMPOST BIN, VISIT OR CALL:

Abington Board of Health
500 Gliniewicz Way - Abington
781-982-2119

Cohasset Recycling and Disposal Facility
81 Cedar St. - Cohasset
781-383-0273
(kitchen scrap buckets $5)

Hanson Board of Health
542 Liberty St. - Hanson
781-293-3138

Kingston Highway Department
32 Evergreen Street - Kingston
781-585-0513

Middleborough, DPW Office
48 Wareham Street - Middleborough
508-946-2481

Plymouth Transfer Station and DPW
residents only
508-830-4166

Rockland Recycling Center
residents only
781-878-3838

If your community is not listed, try a neighboring one.

Image result for propane tanksPropane tank retailers take back refillable 20# tanks.

Many of our Member Towns accept propane tanks at their transfer stations and recycling centers.  Keep valve closed: propane is heavier than air.  An 'empty' tank will have some residual gas that can be recovered by the propane tank processor.

1 lb. propane tanks can be refilled from a larger tank with a propane tank refill adaptor.

If a 1 lb. tank is EMPTY, remove the valve and place in trash or bring to a scrap metal dealer.

Helium and CO2 are chemically inert, so the valves of unwanted tanks should be opened to relieve the pressure. If your town accepts scrap metal, helium and CO2 tanks may be brought to your town's scrap metal bin, or to a scrap metal dealer.

Propane, ethylene, oxygen and other pressurized flammable gas cylinders are generally not accepted with scrap metal or at haz waste collections. Contact your local fire department for instructions on their proper disposal.

Usable building materials, kitchen and bath fixtures, flooring, windows, doors, lighting, etc. may be sold or consigned to:

New England Demolition and Salvage
73 Cove St. - New Bedford
508-992-1099

Builders Surplus and Sports Consignments
708 Washington St. - Pembroke
781 829-6774.
Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

DONDATE TO:

Habitat for Humanity ReStores in West Roxbury, Carver, and other Mass. locations

Boston Building Materials Resource Center in Roxbury (pickup available for a fee) 

Waste Management sells the 'Bagster' at Home Depot. They hold 3 cubic yards of material.
Call for a pickup when it is full.

CONSTRUCTION, METALS, ROOFING, PALLETS, YARD DEBRIS, ABC, TIRES, APPLIANCES, MATTRESS, DUMPSTER SERVICE

Trojan Recycling
71 Forest St. - Brockton
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM - Noon
Fees Apply
508-588-2332

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS, YARD WASTE, ABC, METAL, TIRES, WHITE GOODS, DUMPSTER SERVICE

Desac Disposal Recycle and Transfer Station
106 Essex St. - Whitman
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM - Noon
$30 minimum, $8-30/cubic yard (2014)
781-447-0137

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS AND DUMPSTER SERVICE

New England Recycling
569 Winthrop St. - Taunton
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM - Noon
$42 minimum, $100-120/ton (2013)
508-822-4345

Republic Waste
257 Ivory St. - Braintree (transfer station at old landfill)
Saturday 7:00 AM-1:30 PM
$125/ton, minimum charge $100 (2013)
781-843-6209

Republic Waste Transfer Station
250 Beaver Dam Rd. - Plymouth
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$8/100 lbs. (2013)
508-224-8936

Dedham Transfer Station
5 Incinerator Rd. - Dedham
Mon-Fri, 7:30-4, Sat. 7:30-11:30
$128/ton, minimum charge $64 (2014),
781-326-1390 - also accepts railroad ties

Bourne ISWMF
201 MacArthur Bvd. - Bourne
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM - noon
$87.50/ton (2015)
508-759-0651

Fats, oil and grease should NEVER be put down the drain. It is not tolerated well in backyard compost either.  FOG clogs up both systems.

HinghamNorwell and Weymouth accept used cooking oil at their recycling centers. It is converted to biofuel for heating and diesel vehicle use.

You can convert FOG to biodiesel fuel at home too. Alternatively, conversion kits are available to enable your vehicle to run on straight vegetable oil (SVO). Do your homework before attempting either of these projects.

Other than that, FOG should be sealed up or absorbed and disposed with the trash. If it goes to SEMASS, at least it is burned to produce fossil-fuel free electricity.

D – L

Many Senior Centers/ Councils on Aging accept usable medical equipment donations.

Scituate Etrusco Associates
Scituate Estrusco Associates provides loans of gently used durable medical equipment such as manual wheelchairs, walkers, canes, tub seats for use by residents of Scituate, Hull, Hanover, Hingham, Cohasset, Marshfield, Norwell, Duxbury, Pembroke and Kingston. Do accept hospital beds but not power wheelchairs.

Contact:
1 Common Street - Scituate
781-545-4411
Hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

REquipment, a program of the Mass. Rehabilitation Commission, accepts gently-used durable medical equipment that is less than 5-6 years old. AS of Sept. 2017, they were accepting power and manual wheelchairs, scooters, sling lifts, portable ramps, tub/shower chairs, rollator walkers, adapted strollers, standers and gait trainers, and specialty cushions/mattresses. Equipment should be in good condition or easily repaired. Exceptions may be made with regard to the age or condition of the equipment if it is in high demand, of high-value or unusual to access.

REquipment does not accept hospital beds, built-in-place ramps or stair lifts, braces, CPAP or other medical machines.

Download their Guide to DME Reuse Resources (WORD) for other donation options. Or browse Other Loan/Reuse Options (a MassMATCH webpage).

All our Member towns have collection programs for TVs and electronics. Most charge fees for TVs and monitors to cover the cost associated with proper management.  See Town Programs.

Best Buy will recycle up to 3 units per day of residential desktop and laptop computers and notebooks, small electronics, VCR and DVD players,  phones, keyboards, mice, cords,  vacuums, fans, select other electric items, and remotes at no charge. Some items have trade-in value.  There is a charge to recycle all TVs and computer monitors.

Dell will exchange many electronics, including PCs, mobile phones, digital cameral and MP3 players, for Dell Gift Cards in a mail in program.  Dell has a "no export" policy for end of life electronics.

Hewlett Packard operates both a take-back and a buy back program for hardware and supplies, including PCs, monitors, printers, digital cameras, personal digital assistants and smart phones of any brand cartridges through the mail.  Click here, enter the product info and see if it has value.

Lenovo and Nextworth allow you to trade in a wide range of gently used electronics for a Lenovo e-Gift card online.

Office Depot gives gift cards in Technology Trade-In program on many non-CRT electronics (stores in Hanover and Plymouth).

PC Trading, 58 Washington St. East Bridgewater  accepts all electronics Mon-Fri, 8-4.  Pickup is also available. There is a fee for most TVs and CRT monitors.  Call ahead 508-690-2100.

Staples stores accept all brands of computers, monitors, laptops, printers, faxes, all-in-ones,  peripherals, ink and toner cartridges, and other items for recycling at no charge. (There are stores in Weymouth, Pembroke and Plymouth).

World Computer Exchange accepts working computers for donation at its collection point in Hull. They test and ship working computers to developing countries for use in schools.

If that's not enough, check out PC World's Electronics Recycling Superguide. The guide lists all OEMs with producer-responsibility programs, where they are offered, what they cost and what they cover.

Fats, oil and grease should NEVER be put down the drain. It is not tolerated well in backyard compost either.  FOG clogs up both systems.

HinghamNorwell and Weymouth accept used cooking oil at their recycling centers. It is converted to biofuel for heating and diesel vehicle use.

You can convert FOG to biodiesel fuel at home too. Alternatively, conversion kits are available to enable your vehicle to run on straight vegetable oil (SVO). Do your homework before attempting either of these projects.

Other than that, FOG should be sealed up or absorbed and disposed with the trash. If it goes to SEMASS, at least it is burned to produce fossil-fuel free electricity.

Although it is made of glass, there are no recycling outlets for either batting (insulation) or solid fiberglass in the region.  Unfortunately, it must be dosposed as construction waste.  Boats and other large solid items should be cut up into manageable pieces.

Some of our Towns accept these with propane tanks.

There are several types of fire extinguishers, some which contain hazardous chemicals.  The following companies can recharge, test and properly dispose of fire extinguishers:

Gorham Fire Appliance Company
288 Willard St. - Quincy
617-472-5785

R E Lyons and Sons Fire Equipment
197 VFW Dr. - Rockland
781-878-7599

If you have a red tank containing CO2 (carbon dioxide), you may discharge it outdoors, unscrew and remove the head or drill a hole in the cylinder, and recycle with scrap metal.

Flares contain perchlorates, which are toxic to aquatic life; NEVER allow to leach into groundwater, sewer or any body of water.

Flares are flammable; NEVER dispose of flares in household trash.

For road flares, call the MassDOT Highway Division district office nearest you (Weymouth, all other SSRC towns) to see if they may be able to use them on any upcoming roadwork projects.

Donate expired flares to your Fire Department, local Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla or Power Squadrons to see if they can use them in training classes.

Ignite hand-held signals flares vertically on land in a safe, unpaved area, as highway flares would be ignited.

Retain flares for back-up use to expand signaling time in the event of an emergency.

Do not light boat flares without permission from the Coast Guard (781-340-1373), as it is a federal offense to call a false emergency.

Standard (non-LED) fluorescent tubes, including those with the green tips, contain small amounts of mercury, and may not be disposed in the trash.

Batteries and Bulbs in Hanover accepts fluorescent tubes for recycling for a small fee.

Most of our municipalities accept fluorescent tubes and other mercury containing items from residents.  See your town's page under the Town Programs tab.

See also compact fluorescent bulbs on this page.

Foam materials make a mess in the sorting facilities (as do plastic bags), so are not recyclable with your bottles and containers.  Only rigid containers are acceptable in that stream.

Many pack-and-ship stores (UPS, Kinkos, FedEx, etc.) accept expanded polystyrene (EPS) 'peanuts' and other packing materials for reuse.
 
Insulation Technology, Inc, 35 1st St, Bridgewater, serves as a collection point for EPS.  Leave clean, bagged material in their foyer any time.  They accept:
 
  • #6 EPS Foam
  • White packing foam (recycling symbol is not required)
  • Colored packing foam (recycling symbol is not required)
  • Foam used with food and beverage items (recycling symbols #4,5, or 6 IS required)
 
When choosing packing material, bubble wrap is more easily recycled (with plastic bags) and reused.

The average US household wastes about $2000/year on discarded food.More than 17% of the material we throw away on the South Shore is food.2

Much of this waste can be avoided by:

  • Planning shopping trips and parties with less food waste at Save the Food
  • 'Sell by', 'best by' and 'freshest if used by' dates are arbitrary, have no bearing on food safety, and result in unnecessary waste.  Trust your eyes and nose.  See USDA Food Product Dating
  • Organizations can take the EPA/USDA Food Recovery Challenge 

Curbside food waste collection service is provided by the following companies:

Bootstrap Compost in Boston.
$8/week or $10/biweekly pickup.
At least 10 households in a town need to sign up for service to be provided.
No meat or dairy products.

Positive Effects LLC in Plymouth
774-454-9274
Food, cardboard and other recycling services
Much of the food grown from the resulting compost will be donated to local food pantries and shelters.

Both companies provide a clean leak-proof, easy to use 5 gallon bucket each week, bring your leftovers to a local farm for composting, and bring customers finished compost.

Backyard composting can put about half a ton/year of food and other organic waste to good use.  It sequesters carbon and transforms your leftover plant-based foods, paper towels, leaves and yard waste into nutritious soil. Your trash will be sweeter smelling, and you will have your own rich fertilizer for your lawn, garden and houseplants.

Obtain a low cost, rodent free compost bin

You can also build your own enclosure, or purchase one from a home and garden supply store.

VIDEO:  Composting 101-Making compost in bins and piles - Grow Organic - 4/7/2011

NRDC report "Wasted:  How America is losing up to 40% of its food"  page 12

2 COVANTA ENERGY SEMASS WASTE CHARACTERIZATION STUDY IN SUPPORT OF CLASS II RECYCLING PROGRAM, 2/2014, figure 3-2

Furniture in excellent condition may be consigned at:

Elite Repeat
700 Washington St. (Rt. 53) - Hanover
781-826-6888

Second 2 None Furniture Consignment Shop
46 Columbia Rd. (Rt. 53) - Pembroke
781-826-0007

Charitable organizations will pick up or accept on site useful and usable furniture and household items for resale to support their missions , including:

Big Brother and Big Sister Foundation
Donates up to 100% of net profits from the sale of donated items to  mentoring organizations
800-483-5503
pickup and drop off 

Habitat for Humanity ReStores
Sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances  at a fraction of the retail price.  Proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.  West Roxbury, Carver (drop off)

Savers
Donates a portion of profits to designated charities.
Hanover, Plymouth, Norwood and West Roxbury (drop off)

The Wish Project
Provides furniture to families moving out of homeless shelters
(978) 375-3572  (pick up)

Craiglist
List useful items for free, they will be gone from your driveway in short order.
List for a cost, you might get lucky.

If not good enough for reuse, see construction and bulky waste.

Motor and fuel oil (free of water, gasoline and other contaminants) and antifreeze are accepted by many towns at their Highway Garages or transfer stations. Click under the Towns Programs to see if yours does.

Advance Auto Parts stores accept motor oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic oil, gear oil, power steering fluid and used vehicle batteries .

AutoZone stores accept used vehicle batteries and most of their stores accept used motor oil and other fluids.

Spoiled gasoline is flammable, and must be brought to a hazardous waste collection event. Disposal at HHW collections can cost your municipality more than you paid for it. Try to buy just what you need, and use fluids up. If treated with Sea Foam or other gas stabilizer, gasoline can last a year or more.

If used antifreeze is not accepted by your town, store it securely so pets and children cannot access it, and bring it to a hazardous waste collection event.

Greeting cards, envelopes and gift wrap that are free of metallic foil and other non-paper elements may be recycled with paper. (Foil causes holes in the finished recycled product.)

St. Jude's Ranch for Children  accepts the fronts of used cards to create new holiday and all-occasion greeting cards. Repurposed cards are sold to support their programs and services for abused, neglected and homeless children, young adults and families.

Strings of lights and other tanglers should not be recycled with containers or single stream recycling. They tangle the sorting equipment. Only bottles, cans and rigid containers go in the bin or cart.

Our electronics recyclers will accept holiday lights for recycling, as will Best Buy.  Please remove large bulbs greater than 1". They also take power cords, speaker wire, and peripheral connectors.

Christmas Light Source uses proceeds from recycling used holiday lights to donate books to Toys for Tots.

Holiday lights can be sent to HolidayLEDs.com in exchange for a coupon for new energy efficient LED holiday lights during their seasonal holiday light recycling program.

Do not flush or put prescription medicine down the drain. 

Antibiotics kill beneficial microbes in septic and wastewater treatment systems. Other medications, even at very low concentrations, may have serious detrimental effects on fish, other aquatic life, and drinking water.

The Police Departments in our Member Towns have kiosks for unwanted medications at their main stations, open 24/7, no question asked.

Walgreen's 24 hour pharmacies in Quincy, Randolph and Stoughton host Safe Medication Disposal kiosks.

Alternatively, and for non prescription medications:

FOR PILLS:  crush and pour powder into secure container and put in trash.
FOR LIQUIDS:  pour into a rigid container with inedible material like cat litter, coffee grounds or dirt and seal.

Empty prescription pill containers are too small to be sorted properly in single stream recycling (less than 3 oz). Bring to a "Gimme 5" container at Whole Foods or dispose with trash.

You may opt out of your town's trash service and hire your own waste hauler. Private haulers (and others) provide private trash and recycling pickup at your home and business, as well as dumpster service.

Haulers should provide both trash and recycling service to comply with state law.  The towns of Cohasset, Hanson, Kingston and Plymouth require that both services be included at one price.

Contact your town's Board of Health for a full list of permitted waste haulers in your town.

Ask your hauler about yard and food waste collection.
Photo includes kitchen scrap bucket and curbside organics cart, available in some locations

For general cleanouts, these companies handle many of the listed items and more, and recycle/reuse to the max:

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - Pembroke
781-308-4447

South Shore Recycling Services - Weymouth
781-413-6137

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Craigslist listing items for free is an easy and free way to pass along unwanted items. You can also sell items.

Freecycle also hosts local online swaps. Half of our SSRC towns have groups.

"Buy Nothing" groups promote hyper-local giving and receiving for all manner of materials.
As of Nov., 2018, Duxbury, Hingham, Middleborough, Plymouth and Weymouth had chapters.

Most towns operate or contract with a compost site for residents' leaves and yard waste.  A few pick it up on certain weeks. 

Alternatively, you can compost it in your own yard. If not mixed with food waste, an enclosed container is not necessary for this natural process.

To speed up and optimize the process:

  • put leaves through a leaf chipper or mulching lawn mower - this will reduce the volume
  • add grass clippings
  • keep it damp
  • turn it occasionally to aerate

If you just want it to go away, bring it to:
Bridgewater Farm
1000 Plymouth St. - Bridgewater
508-697-0357
Fee is $6/cubic yard.  They also accept Christmas trees, brush, and sometimes tree stumps.
Yard waste must be free of rocks, plastic, metal and all other non-plant material.

M – R

Upholstered furniture and mattresses, free of rips, stains and bugs, may be donated to:

Salvation Army
1-800-SA-TRUCK
For free pickup use their online pickup form or call.

MA Coalition for the Homeless
(781) 595-7570 X13
Call for free pickup

The Wish Project
Provides furniture to families moving out of homeless shelters
978-375-3572

If not in good enough condition to donate, Your town may collect or accept it (usually for a fee).

These items are NOT recyclable with your bottles and cans. Tapes cause terrible tangling problems at the sorting facilities. CDs, DVDs and cases are not the kind of plastic they can sort and sell, and will be landfilled or mis-sorted.

Salvation Army and Savers accept commercial CDs, DVDs, vinyl LPs and audio books in their original cases. Please, no taped, burned, or home recorded media.

For noncommercial (taped, burned, or home recorded) CDs, DVDs and cases, mail to:
CD Recycling Center of America
68H Stiles Road
Salem, NH 03079

GreenDisk accepts electronics and electronic media "technotrash", including difficult to recycle VHS tapes and microfilm, for a fee.

Vinyl records can also be made into party bowls.

Otherwise, these items go in the trash.

Many Senior Centers/ Councils on Aging accept usable medical equipment donations.

Scituate Etrusco Associates
Scituate Estrusco Associates provides loans of gently used durable medical equipment such as manual wheelchairs, walkers, canes, tub seats for use by residents of Scituate, Hull, Hanover, Hingham, Cohasset, Marshfield, Norwell, Duxbury, Pembroke and Kingston. Do accept hospital beds but not power wheelchairs.

Contact:
1 Common Street - Scituate
781-545-4411
Hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

REquipment, a program of the Mass. Rehabilitation Commission, accepts gently-used durable medical equipment that is less than 5-6 years old. AS of Sept. 2017, they were accepting power and manual wheelchairs, scooters, sling lifts, portable ramps, tub/shower chairs, rollator walkers, adapted strollers, standers and gait trainers, and specialty cushions/mattresses. Equipment should be in good condition or easily repaired. Exceptions may be made with regard to the age or condition of the equipment if it is in high demand, of high-value or unusual to access.

REquipment does not accept hospital beds, built-in-place ramps or stair lifts, braces, CPAP or other medical machines.

Download their Guide to DME Reuse Resources (WORD) for other donation options. Or browse Other Loan/Reuse Options (a MassMATCH webpage).

Do not flush or put prescription medicine down the drain. 

Antibiotics kill beneficial microbes in septic and wastewater treatment systems. Other medications, even at very low concentrations, may have serious detrimental effects on fish, other aquatic life, and drinking water.

The Police Departments in our Member Towns have kiosks for unwanted medications at their main stations, open 24/7, no question asked.

Walgreen's 24 hour pharmacies in Quincy, Randolph and Stoughton host Safe Medication Disposal kiosks.

Alternatively, and for non prescription medications:

FOR PILLS:  crush and pour powder into secure container and put in trash.
FOR LIQUIDS:  pour into a rigid container with inedible material like cat litter, coffee grounds or dirt and seal.

Empty prescription pill containers are too small to be sorted properly in single stream recycling (less than 3 oz). Bring to a "Gimme 5" container at Whole Foods or dispose with trash.

Mercury is a silver liquid used in many consumer products.  It is ILLEGAL to dispose of mercury or mercury-containing products in the trash or recycling.  

While useful when contained in the products, if released into the environment and ingested, it is toxic to the nervous system, liver and kidneys. Pregnant women and young children are most vulnerable.Most of our Member Towns provide free collection service to their residents for mercury containing products, including fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps, thermometers, thermostats, blood pressure cuffs, barometers, button batteries and other devices. 

SSRC Member Town residential dropoff locationsComprehensive list of MA collection locations

Go to compact fluorescent lamps and button batteries in this list to see which retailers recycle these items.  Small amounts (up to a tablespoon) of Elemental mercury not contained within a product should be brought to a HHW collection event in a secure container.

Covanta SEMASS covers the cost of in-home pickup for larger quantities (more than a tablespoon) of elemental mercury in many of our towns through a program with MassDEP - Contact Patti Howard at Covanta SEMASS:  508-291-4427 to request a FREE pickup.

In case of an accidental spill or breakage, follow instructions here,
Commercial fluorescent lamp info and collectors
Commercial product collection programs

INTERESTING FACT:  One liquid ounce (2 tablespoons) of mercury weighs nearly a pound! (specific gravity = 13.56 g/ml)For more information, go to "Keep Mercury from Rising"

Items may also be brought to a HHW collection. See your Town's web page for hours and restrictions

Abington: Board of Health
500 Gliniewicz Way

Cohassset: Recycling Transfer Facility
91 Cedar St.

Duxbury: Transfer and Recycling Station
145 Mayflower St.

Hanover: TransferStation
118 Rockland St. (Rt. 139)

Hanson: Transfer station
201 Franklin St. (Rt. 27)

Hingham: Transfer Station
1 Sam Ryder Rd.

Hull:  Coming soon

Kingston: Recycling and Disposal Center
10 Cranberry Rd.

Items other than fluorescent tubes:
DPW office
32 Evergreen St.

Middleboro:  Landfill
207 Plympton St.

Norwell: Recycling Center
310 Main St. (Rt. 123)

Plymouth: Manomet Transfer Station
Beaver Dam Rd.

Thermometers, thermostats, switches, BP cuffs only (no fluorescent lamps):
DPW Solid Waste Div.
159 Camelot Dr. - Town Hall, Marine and Environmental Mgmt. Dept.

Rockland:  Recycling Center
1000 Beech St.

Scituate:  Transfer Station
280 Driftway

Weymouth: DPW
120 Winter St.

Whitman: Board of Health
54 South Ave.
thermometers, thermostats, switches, BP cuffs only.  Bring Fluorescent lamps to a HHW collection

Microfilm is NOT recyclable with your bottles and cans.

GreenDisk accepts electronics and electronic media "technotrash", including difficult to recycle VHS tapes and microfilm, for a fee.

Otherwise, it goes in the trash.

Many retailers (including Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, and Target), schools, police departments, and municipal transfer stations collect unwanted cell phones for profit or for people in need.

Verizon Wireless HopeLine refurbishes and distributes cell phones dropped off at store locations to domestic violence programs including Jane Doe, Inc.  Phones that can’t be refurbished are sold for parts, and the money is donated to domestic violence programs like JDI.

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans

Motor and fuel oil (free of water, gasoline and other contaminants) and antifreeze are accepted by many towns at their Highway Garages or transfer stations. Click under the TOWN PROGRAMS to see if yours does.

Advance Auto Parts stores accept motor oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic oil, gear oil, power steering fluid and used vehicle batteries .

AutoZone stores accept used vehicle batteries and most of their stores accept used motor oil and other fluids.

Spoiled gasoline is flammable, and must be brought to a hazardous waste collection event. Disposal at HHW collections can cost your municipality more than you paid for it. Try to buy just what you need, and use fluids up. If treated with sea foam or other gas stabilizer, gasoline can last a year or more.

If used antifreeze is not accepted by your town, store it securely so pets and children cannot access it, and bring it to a hazardous waste collection event.

Reuse is always best, but cardboard moving boxes may also be flattened and recycled through your municipal recycling program.  Remove all non-paper packing material.

U-Haul offers the Customer Connect service to help its customers sell, give away, or find boxes and moving supplies.

Moving boxes and packing supplies are also readily traded on local community exchange networks including Craigslist and Freecycle.  These are also great resources for purging as you prepare to move.

It is illegal to dispose needles and sharps with trash and to mix with recycling.

Disposal instructions may be found at Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes (Mass DPH), or ask your pharmacist.

Needles and lancets may infect people or animals who come in contact with trash or recycling. Keep needles, syringes, and lancelets in secure plastic containers out of the reach of children.

Secure sharps collection containers are sold at CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid for about $5, and at HVMA for $2.50.
 
A list of places that accept needles brought in secure plastic containers (not loose):

Abington Health Department
500 Gliniewicz Road - Abingston
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cohasset Town Hall
41 Highland Ave - Cohasset

Duxbury Fire Dept.
668 Tremont Street - Duxbury
Monday - Saturday
8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Hanover Fire Dept.
32 Center Street - Hanover

Hingham Transfer Station (residents only)

Hull Police Dept.
1 School St.
Sharps containers available at: Board of Health, 253 Atlantic Ave., suggested donation $5

Kingston Fire Department
105 Pembroke Street - Kingston

Middleboro Health Department
10 Nickerson Avenue - Middleboro

Plymouth Fire Dept.
114 Sandwich St. - Plymouth

Rockland Board of Health
242 Union Street - Rockland

Scituate Fire Department
149 First Parish Road - Scituate

Weymouth DPW
120 Winter Street - Weymouth

Weymouth Town Hall
75 Middle Road - Weymouth

Whitman Board of Health
54 South Avenue - Weymouth

Check with your Visiting Nurse Association to see if there is a needle or prescription drug collection or re-use program in your area.

For more information, contact:  Mass. Dept of Public Health, Division of Community Sanitation  617-727-2660.

What should I do with leftover paint?  

Try to only buy the amount you need to avoid waste. One gallon covers about 400 square feet.  If you're unsure how much you need, use the estimating calculator below.

The following towns accept oil based (alkyd) paints and stains that are still liquid.  These contain hazardous solvents.

Cohasset
Duxbury
Middleboro
Norwell
Weymouth accept it from residents monthly or regularly at their facilities.

Oil based paint and stain may also be brought to a Household Hazardous Waste Event.

Latex paint is messy, but not hazardous.

If it is usable, you can bring it to Recolor Paint (fka The Paint Exchange) in Hanover for a small fee.

If it's not fit for another wall or ceiling, or recycling isn't otherwise practical, absorb the  liquid with cat litter to keep your street or transfer station paint-free, and dispose of the open cans in a bag with household trash.

Paint should never be poured down any drain, unless you want an excuse to call your plumber.

What is considered 'usable' paint?

"If you would use it, we can use it."

Liquid latex paint
Original container and label
Stored indoors (never frozen)

Check that the following have not occurred:

Mold, mildew growth or a foul odor
Solidification or skinning
Curdling (semi solid lumps of paint)

If any of these things have occurred, stir in some kitty litter, leave the lid off, put it in a bag and dispose with your trash.

How to calculate the amount of paint you need for your project: 

One gallon covers about 400 square feet.

Measure the rooms you need to paint, including the door and window size.  All measurements should be in FEET. Insert your figures into the following calculations to measure interior and exterior square footage:

A. Walls
Width of all walls added together___  x height of walls___ =  A  (square feet) total wall surface

B. Windows
Height of window___  x width of window ____  x number of windows___=  B (square feet) total window surface

C. Doors
Height of door __  x width of door ___  x number of doors___ = C (square feet) total door surface

D. Gables
Height __   x  width ___  divided by 2 = D (square feet)

E.  Eaves
Width of  overhang  __ x length ___ = E (square feet)

A + D + E - (B + C) divided by 400 square feet per gallon = number of gallons you need.

Recolor Paint (fka The Paint Exchange) strains, batches, processes and repackages high quality, beautifully colored 'reColor' paints.

The product is available for sale at just over half the price of 'virgin' paint at The Welch Company and Simply Vintage by the Sea in Scituate, and area Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Recolor accepts usable paint at its Hanover facility for a charge of $2/can. Visit their website, call 339-214-8462, or email for more information.

Recolor Paint has helped our Member Towns divert 4,000 gallons of good paint from the incinerator through 2017, saving them thousands in disposal costs.

Plastic bags should never go in your recycling bin! They jam up the processing equipment and are a safety hazard for workers. Municipal recycling programs are for rigid containers, paper and cardboard only. Plastic bags do even more damage when released into the wild. More information about plastic film recycling

Reduce your plastic bag use by bringing your own reusable bags to the store. Throw them in the laundry now and then.

Big Y, Hannaford, JC Penney, Lowe's, Market Basket, Roche Brothers, Shaw's, Staples, Star Market, Stop and Shop, Target, Wal-Mart, Wegman's, and Whole Foods accept the following types of clean, dry plastic bags and films to recycle into plastic lumber-type products:

  • Plastic retail bags (remove hard plastic, string, receipts)
  • Plastic newspaper bags (empty)
  • Dry cleaning bags (remove receipts, staples)
  • Bread bags
  • Produce bags
  • plastic overwrap from toilet paper, napkins, diapers, paper towels
  • Furniture wrap
  • Sandwich bags
  • Clean Tyvek (no labels or glue)

Big Y, Shaw's, Whole Foods, Target, Wegman's and Market Basket also accept wood pellet and salt bags.


The following are considered contaminants and can cause an entire load to be rejected:

  • NO food or cling wrap
  • NO frozen food, salad or cereal bags
  • NO chip bags, granola or candy bar wrappers
  • NO bio-based or compostable plastic bags

Planter pots, trays and tags are NOT recyclable with your bottles and containers.

However, Lowe's accepts them to be recycled.  (please remove the dirt and plants)

Lowe's also take rechargeable batteries, plastic wrap and compact fluorescent bulbs.

Brita® pitcher filters are accepted at many Whole Foods locations for recycling, including the ones in Hingham and Weymouth.

Some of these programs have been curtailed or moved to Customer Service.  A fresh list of locations will be available sometime in 2019.

Preserve (aka Recycline), based in Massachusetts, transforms these, as well as Stonyfield Yogurt containers and other clean #5 (polypropylene) plastics into toothbrushes, plates, cutting boards, etc.

Propane tank retailers take back refillable #20 tanks.

Many of our Member Towns accept propane tanks at their transfer stations and recycling centers.  Keep valve closed - propane is heavier than air.  An 'empty' tank will have some residual gas that can be recovered by the propane tank processor.

1 lb. propane tanks can be refilled from a larger tank with a propane tank refill adaptor.

If a 1 lb. tank is EMPTY, remove the valve and place in trash or bring to a scrap metal dealer (look for SCRAP METAL on this page).

Helium and CO2 are chemically inert, so the valves of unwanted tanks should be opened to relieve the pressure. If your town accepts scrap metal, helium and CO2 tanks may be brought to your town's scrap metal bin, or to a scrap metal dealer (look for SCRAP METAL on this page).

Propane, ethylene, oxygen and other pressurized flammable gas cylinders are generally not accepted with scrap metal or at haz waste collections. Contact your local fire department for instructions on their proper disposal.

Best Buy accepts up to 3 of the following per day: electronics and peripherals, televisions up to 32", VCR and DVD players, phones, cords, vacuums, fans, select other electric items, and remotes at no charge. Some items have a fee. (Check their site to make sure this list is current).

Lowes accepts appliances for recycling with purchase of new appliance

Anything Metal Removal Services
(free pick up Hanover and north; fee for Freon removal)
781-385-1404

Atlantic Metal Recycling
1282 Main Street (Rte. 27) - Hanson
781-293-2463

Brockton Iron and Steel
45 Freight Street - Brockton
508-586-4640

Desac Disposal Recycle and Transfer Station
106 Essex Street - Whitman
781-447-0137

Excel Recycling
37 Charlotte White Road - Westport
508-636-2780

Mid City Scrap
548 State Road - Westport
774-319-5420

Spiegel South Shore Scrap
212 N Cary Street - Brockton
508-897-0008

EverSource and National Grid sponsor a refrigerator/freezer recycling rebate program through MassSave for residential customers.

DON’T LET YOUR TRASH SOUND THE ALARM!

Any patients or pets that are undergoing nuclear medicine whose fluids have touched:  kitty litter, diapers, tissues and other absorbents - those materials are considered RADIOACTIVE.

Segregate for 90 days before disposing in the trash, or flush if small and biodegradable.

Detection of any amount of radiation in the trash causes the following chain of events:

  • The entire 20-ton load is rejected at the disposal facility (SEMASS)
  • Driver & vehicle are detained for hours while Mass. DPH is notified
  • The driver must return to town with the load
  • A radiation consultant and hauler sift through the load to attempt to identify the source and type of radiation
  • If the source can’t be identified, the container is reloaded and quarantined for up to three months, until the consultant determines it to be acceptable at SEMASS
  • Cost to taxpayers, ratepayers, or the individual can exceed $1,000

Flares contain perchlorates, which are toxic to aquatic life; NEVER allow to leach into groundwater, sewer or any body of water.

Flares are flammable; NEVER dispose of flares in household trash.

For road flares, call the MassDOT Highway Division district office nearest you (Weymouth, all other SSRC towns) to see if they may be able to use them on any upcoming roadwork projects.

Donate expired flares to your Fire Department, local Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla or Power Squadrons to see if they can use them in training classes.

Ignite hand-held signals flares vertically on land in a safe, unpaved area, as highway flares would be ignited.

Retain flares for back-up use to expand signaling time in the event of an emergency.

Do not light boat flares without permission from the Coast Guard (781-340-1373), as it is a federal offense to call a false emergency.

Flares are flammable; NEVER dispose of flares in household trash.

  • For road flares, call the MassDOT Highway Division district office nearest you (here for Weymouth, here for all other SSRC towns) to see if they may be able to use them on any upcoming roadwork projects.
  • Ignite hand-held signals flares vertically on land in a safe, unpaved area, as highway flares would be ignited.
  • Retain flares for back-up use to expand signaling time in the event of an emergency.

Do not light boat flares without permission from the Coast Guard (781-340-1373) as it is a federal offense to call a false emergency.

 

S – Z

Many of our Member Towns accept propane tanks at their transfer stations and recycling centers.  Remove fluids, glass and other non-metal components to the extent possible.

Mad Dog Demolition
617-365-7834

Anything Metal Removal Services
781-385-1404
free pick up Hanover and north; fee for Freon removal

South Shore Metal Man
781-771-7135
The following yards accept most metal items, and pay for lead-acid batteries, copper and aluminum:

Atlantic Metal Recycling (aka Casoli)
1282 Main St. (Rt. 27) - Hanson
781-293-2463

Brockton Iron and Steel
45 Freight St. - Brockton
508-586-4640

Desac Disposal Recycle and Transfer Station
106 Essex St. - Whitman
781-447-0137

Excel Recycling
37 Charlotte White Rd. - Westport
508-636-2780

Mid City Scrap
548 State Rd. - Westport
774-319-5420

Spiegel South Shore Scrap
212 N. Cary St. - Brockton
508-897-0008

Sensitive documents that contain bank and credit account info, social security numbers, or other information that can result in identity theft (and is not in the phone book) is best shredded.  If you shred your own papers, don't put loose shreds in your recycling bin. It makes a mess at the recycling facility. Either compost them with your food / yard waste, or recycle in a stapled, labelled paper bag.

If you have too much for a personal shredder, look to see if there is an upcoming shredding event.

For secure data destruction pickup service:

Doc Shredding Corp
Plainville, MA
508-384-0075

Shred King
Quincy, MA
1-877-50SHRED (507-4733)

My Shredding Services
Provides fast quotes from multiple shredding services in your area.

All used clothing, shoes, belts, purses, and household 'softwear' are too good for the trash!

Donate used clothing, shoes, bags and household items at donation bins (even ripped, worn or stained) or thrift shops.

Local donation bins provide generous rebates to your town or school from recycled textiles. Items must be odor-free and dry.

Donation bins located in parking lots and gas stations put materials collected to their highest practical use. They may or may not support a charitable organization through per-pound payments, but all keep valuable material out of the trash.

Charities and thrift shops accept donations of usable clothing, and possibly other household items

Consignment shops  may accept high quality items in very good condition, and share a pre-arranged percent of the sale price with you

Click here for a list of materials that will be reused or recycled by donation bins, all which must be clean and dry.

Learn about textile recycling in Massachusetts:  "Holey Socks, Those go in the Donation Box!"

See photos of what Millbury Textile Recycling does with unsaleable used clothing and household linens.

Watch the 3 minute video, All About Textile Recycling


SCHOOLS AND TOWNS
Schools and towns that host a Bay State Textile or Helpsy (fka RecycleThat) bin receive a rebate for every pound of textiles collected.

Abington all public schools, library

Cohasset Transfer Station

Duxbury Transfer Station

Hanover Transfer Station, all public schools

Hanson Transfer Station

Hingham Transfer Station

Hull Public Schools

Kingston Transfer Station; all public schools, including Silver Lake

Middleboro landfill, public schools

Norwell outside Recycling Center
310 Main St. (Rt. 123)

Plymouth Public Schools (all)

Plymouth Transfer Station
exit 5

Rockland Recycling Center
Beech St. - Esten School

Scituate Transfer Station

Weymouth DPW
120 Winter St.

Weymouth Schools - most public schools

Whitman DPW
100 Essex St.


CHARITIES AND THRIFT SHOPS

Morgan Memorial/GoodwillSalvation Army and Hope's Closet Boutique support their good work through clothing and household items sales  in their thrift shops and other outlets.  Donations are tax deductible.

Hope's Closet Boutique, 819 Broad St., Weymouth, 781.331.HOPE (4673)

Salvation Army Thrift Shop, 936 Washington St, Hanover, 781.826.5686

Savers, a national thrift shop chain with locations in Hanover, Plymouth , Norwood and West Roxbury, shares a portion of proceeds from clothing sales with a designated charitable organization. They also accept household items.

Duxbury Thrift and Consignment
48 Depot St. - Duxbury
781-934-9014 


CONSIGNMENT SHOPS

Kids Echo
166 County Street - Lakeville
508-947-4114

Mum's Secret Closet
170 Water St. - Plymouth
508-927-4867

The Children's Clothesline
405 Washington St. - Hanover

Off the Rack
39 Washington St. (Rt 53) - Norwell
781-878-3555

American Retro
95 Church St. (Rt 139) - Pembroke
781-924-5240

Twice as Nice
46 Columbia Rd. (Rt 53)
Pembroke
781-829-4403

Kids Closet
46 Columbia Rd. (Rt 53) - Pembroke
781-829-9970

Style Unlimited
62 Court St. - Plymouth
508.927.4955

Resale Therapy Designer Consignment
106 Pleasant St., Columbian Sq. - Weymouth
781.331.8885

If you know a good consignment or thrift shop that isn't on the list, please contact Claire

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors may be disposed in the trash.

Older ionization smoke detectors containing the the very weak radioactive isotope Americium-241 are not considered hazardous.  Go to smoke detectors at MassDEP site.

Many brand owners will accept them back if you mail them.  Click here for a list of company names and addresses

Newer smoke detectors, as well as carbon monoxide detectors, are photoelectric, and have no radioactive  components.  They may be recycled with electronics.

If a detector contain a non-alkaline battery, the battery must be removed and recycled properly.

Detectors are not made in a way that can be easily deconstructed to their components, which is necessary for recycling any product.  Curie Pack's website says they will deconstruct and recycle smoke detectors for $8 each, if you mail them in.

Builders Surplus and Sports Consignments
708 Washington St. - Pembroke
781 829-6774

Family Sports Consignments
46 Columbia Rd. (Rt 53) - Pembroke
781-826-3403

Play It Again Sports
630 Washington St. (Rt. 1) - Dedham
781-493-6796

Foam materials make a mess in the sorting facilities (as do plastic bags), so are not recyclable with your bottles and containers.  Only rigid containers are acceptable in that stream.

Many pack-and-ship stores (UPS, Kinkos, FedEx, etc.) accept expanded polystyrene (EPS) 'peanuts' and other packing materials for reuse.
 
Insulation Technology, Inc, 35 1st St, Bridgewater, serves as a collection point for EPS.  Leave clean, bagged material in their foyer any time.  They accept:
 
  • #6 EPS Foam
  • White packing foam (recycling symbol is not required)
  • Colored packing foam (recycling symbol is not required)
  • Foam used with food and beverage items (recycling symbols #4,5, or 6 IS required)
 
When choosing packing material, bubble wrap is more easily recycled (with plastic bags) and reused.

All used clothing, shoes, belts, purses, and household 'softwear' are too good for the trash!

Donate used clothing, shoes, bags and household items at donation bins (even ripped, worn or stained) or thrift shops.

Local donation bins provide generous rebates to your town or school from recycled textiles. Items must be odor-free and dry.

Donation bins located in parking lots and gas stations put materials collected to their highest practical use. They may or may not support a charitable organization through per-pound payments, but all keep valuable material out of the trash.

Charities and thrift shops accept donations of usable clothing, and possibly other household items

Consignment shops  may accept high quality items in very good condition, and share a pre-arranged percent of the sale price with you

Click here for a list of materials that will be reused or recycled by donation bins, all which must be clean and dry.

Learn about textile recycling in Massachusetts:  "Holey Socks, Those go in the Donation Box!"

See photos of what Millbury Textile Recycling does with unsaleable used clothing and household linens.

Watch the 3 minute video, All About Textile Recycling


SCHOOLS AND TOWNS
Schools and towns that host a Bay State Textile or Helpsy (fka RecycleThat) bin receive a rebate for every pound of textiles collected.

Abington all public schools, library

Cohasset Transfer Station

Duxbury Transfer Station

Hanover Transfer Station, all public schools

Hanson Transfer Station

Hingham Transfer Station

Hull Public Schools

Kingston Transfer Station; all public schools, including Silver Lake

Middleboro landfill, public schools

Norwell outside Recycling Center
310 Main St. (Rt. 123)

Plymouth Public Schools (all)

Plymouth Transfer Station
exit 5

Rockland Recycling Center
Beech St. - Esten School

Scituate Transfer Station

Weymouth DPW
120 Winter St.

Weymouth Schools - most public schools

Whitman DPW
100 Essex St.


CHARITIES AND THRIFT SHOPS

Morgan Memorial/GoodwillSalvation Army and Hope's Closet Boutique support their good work through clothing and household items sales  in their thrift shops and other outlets.  Donations are tax deductible.

Hope's Closet Boutique, 819 Broad St., Weymouth, 781.331.HOPE (4673)

Salvation Army Thrift Shop, 936 Washington St, Hanover, 781.826.5686

Savers, a national thrift shop chain with locations in Hanover, Plymouth , Norwood and West Roxbury, shares a portion of proceeds from clothing sales with a designated charitable organization. They also accept household items.

Duxbury Thrift and Consignment
48 Depot St. - Duxbury
781-934-9014 


CONSIGNMENT SHOPS

Kids Echo
166 County Street - Lakeville
508-947-4114

Mum's Secret Closet
170 Water St. - Plymouth
508-927-4867

The Children's Clothesline
405 Washington St. - Hanover

Off the Rack
39 Washington St. (Rt 53) - Norwell
781-878-3555

American Retro
95 Church St. (Rt 139) - Pembroke
781-924-5240

Twice as Nice
46 Columbia Rd. (Rt 53)
Pembroke
781-829-4403

Kids Closet
46 Columbia Rd. (Rt 53) - Pembroke
781-829-9970

Style Unlimited
62 Court St. - Plymouth
508.927.4955

Resale Therapy Designer Consignment
106 Pleasant St., Columbian Sq. - Weymouth
781.331.8885

If you know a good consignment or thrift shop that isn't on the list, please contact Claire

Mercury is a silver liquid used in many consumer products.  It is ILLEGAL to dispose of mercury or mercury-containing products in the trash or recycling.  

While useful when contained in the products, if released into the environment and ingested, it is toxic to the nervous system, liver and kidneys. Pregnant women and young children are most vulnerable.
Most of our Member Towns provide free collection service to their residents for mercury containing products, including fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps, thermometers, thermostats, blood pressure cuffs, barometers, button batteries and other devices.  

SSRC Member Town residential dropoff locations

Comprehensive list of MA collection locations

Go to compact fluorescent lamps and button batteries in this list to see which retailers recycle these items.  Small amounts (up to a tablespoon) of Elemental mercury not contained within a product should be brought to a HHW collection event in a secure container. Covanta SEMASS covers the cost of in-home pickup for larger quantities (more than a tablespoon) of elemental mercury in many of our towns through a program with MassDEP -

Contact Patti Howard at Covanta SEMASS:  508-291-4427 to request a FREE pickup.In case of an accidental spill or breakage, follow instructions here,

Commercial fluorescent lamp info and collectors
Commercial product collection programs

INTERESTING FACT:  One liquid ounce (2 tablespoons) of mercury weighs nearly a pound! (specific gravity = 13.56 g/ml)For more information, go to "Keep Mercury from Rising"Items may also be brought to a HHW collection. See your Town's web page for hours and restrictions

Abington: Board of Health
500 Gliniewicz Way

Cohassset: Recycling Transfer Facility
91 Cedar St.

Duxbury: Transfer and Recycling Station
145 Mayflower St.

Hanover: Transfer Station
118 Rockland St. (Rt. 139)

Hanson: Transfer station
201 Franklin St. (Rt. 27)

Hingham: Transfer Station
1 Sam Ryder Rd.Hull:  Coming soonKingston: Recycling and Disposal Center
10 Cranberry Rd.
Items other than fluorescent tubes
DPW office
32 Evergreen St.

Middleboro:  Landfill
207 Plympton St.

Norwell: Recycling Center
310 Main St. (Rt. 123)

Plymouth: Manomet Transfer Station
Beaver Dam Rd.

Thermometers, thermostats, switches, BP cuffs only (no fluorescent lamps):
DPW Solid Waste Div.
159 Camelot Dr. - Town Hall, Marine and Environmental Mgmt. Dept.

Rockland:  Recycling Center
1000 Beech St.

Scituate:  Transfer Station
280 Driftway

Weymouth: DPW
120 Winter St.

Whitman: Board of Health
54 South Ave.
thermometers, thermostats, switches, BP cuffs only.  Bring Fluorescent lamps to a HHW collection

Tires are accepted by many towns at their Highway Garages or transfer stations.

All Sullivan Tire stores accept used tires for a fee of $5 each.

Desac Recycling and Transfer Station
106 Essex St. - Whitman
781-447-0137
accepts for a fee

Cradles to Crayons has drop off locations in Avon, Cohasset and Quincy

Morgan Memorial/Goodwill and Salvation Army support their good work through clothing and household items sales  in their thrift shops and other outlets.  Donations are tax deductible.

Salvation Army Thrift Shop
936 Washington St. - Hanover
781-826-5686

Savers, a national thrift shop chain with locations in Hanover, Plymouth, Norwood and West Roxbury, shares a percentage of proceeds from clothing sales with the designated charitable organization each store supports. They also accept household items.

All our Member towns have collection programs for TVs and electronics. Most charge fees for TVs and monitors to cover the cost associated with proper management.  See Town Programs.

Best Buy will recycle up to 3 units per day of residential desktop and laptop computers and notebooks, small electronics, VCR and DVD players,  phones, keyboards, mice, cords,  vacuums, fans, select other electric items, and remotes at no charge. Some items have trade-in value.  There is a charge to recycle all TVs and computer monitors.

Dell will exchange many electronics, including PCs, mobile phones, digital cameral and MP3 players, for Dell Gift Cards in a mail in program.  Dell has a "no export" policy for end of life electronics.

Hewlett Packard operates both a take-back and a buy back program for hardware and supplies, including PCs, monitors, printers, digital cameras, personal digital assistants and smart phones of any brand cartridges through the mail.  Click here, enter the product info and see if it has value.

Lenovo and Nextworth allow you to trade in a wide range of gently used electronics for a Lenovo e-Gift card online.

Office Depot gives gift cards in Technology Trade-In program on many non-CRT electronics (stores in Hanover and Plymouth).

PC Trading, 58 Washington St. East Bridgewater  accepts all electronics Mon-Fri, 8-4.  Pickup is also available. There is a fee for most TVs and CRT monitors.  Call ahead 508-690-2100.

Staples stores accept all brands of computers, monitors, laptops, printers, faxes, all-in-ones,  peripherals, ink and toner cartridges, and other items for recycling at no charge. (There are stores in Weymouth, Pembroke and Plymouth).

World Computer Exchange accepts working computers for donation at its collection point in Hull. They test and ship working computers to developing countries for use in schools.

If that's not enough, check out PC World's Electronics Recycling Superguide. The guide lists all OEMs with producer-responsibility programs, where they are offered, what they cost and what they cover.

Serviceable upholstered furniture and mattresses, free of rips, stains and bugs, may be donated to:

Salvation Army
1-800-SA-TRUCK
For free pickup use their online pickup form or call

MA Coalition for the Homeless
781-595-7570 X13
For free pickup call

The Wish Project
978-375-3572
provides furniture to families moving out of homeless shelters)

If not in good enough condition to donate, your town may collect or accept it (usually for a fee).

COLLECTION CONTAINER LOCATIONS

Books, undamaged used CDs, DVDs, tapes, records, sports cards and comic books. Host town or organization receives a weight based rebate.


Abington

Abington Town Hall
500 Gliniewicz WayNorma Kent Pastoral Counseling Center
10 Bedford Street

Kingston

Kingston Transfer Station, Cranberry Rd.
M Noon–7:45PM;  TWSS 8AM-3:45PM
Residents onlyKingston Elememtary School, 150 Main St.
Duxbury
Duxbury Transfer Station, Mayflower St.
Wed-Sun, 8AM-4PM
Residents onlyDuxbury Student Union, 147 St. George St.
Plymouth
Manomet Transfer Station
Tu, Th, Sat, Sun 8AM-4PM
Residents only
Hanover
Hanover Transfer Station
118 Rockland St
Fri-Tues, 8AM-4:30PM
Residents only
Rockland
Rockland Recycling Center
Beech St
Tues-Sat 8:30AM-3PM
Residents only
Hanson
Hanson Transfer Station, 201 Franklin St.
residents only
First Baptist Church, 214 Main St.
 
First Congregational Church
639 High St
Scituate
Scituate Transfer Station, 280 Driftway St
Fri -Tues 8:00-3:30
Residents onlyChrist Lutheran Church
460 Cushing Highway
Hingham
Hingham,Transfer Station, Hobart Street, Thurs-Sun: 7AM-4PM
Residents only
 

First Baptist Church of Hingham
85 Main St  (6 foot gray container)

Weymouth
Weymouth DPW, 120 Winter St.
Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30
Residents onlyTufts Library, 46 Broad Street
(8 foot gray container)
Hull
Lillian Jacobs Elementary School
180 Harborview Road
 

Many Senior Centers/ Councils on Aging accept usable medical equipment donations.

Scituate Etrusco Associates
Scituate Estrusco Associates provides loans of gently used durable medical equipment such as manual wheelchairs, walkers, canes, tub seats for use by residents of Scituate, Hull, Hanover, Hingham, Cohasset, Marshfield, Norwell, Duxbury, Pembroke and Kingston. Do accept hospital beds but not power wheelchairs.

Contact:
1 Common Street - Scituate
781-545-4411
Hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

REquipment, a program of the Mass. Rehabilitation Commission, accepts gently-used durable medical equipment that is less than 5-6 years old. AS of Sept. 2017, they were accepting power and manual wheelchairs, scooters, sling lifts, portable ramps, tub/shower chairs, rollator walkers, adapted strollers, standers and gait trainers, and specialty cushions/mattresses. Equipment should be in good condition or easily repaired. Exceptions may be made with regard to the age or condition of the equipment if it is in high demand, of high-value or unusual to access.

REquipment does not accept hospital beds, built-in-place ramps or stair lifts, braces, CPAP or other medical machines.

Download their Guide to DME Reuse Resources (WORD) for other donation options. Or browse Other Loan/Reuse Options (a MassMATCH webpage).

Many Senior Centers/ Councils on Aging accept usable medical equipment donations.

Scituate Etrusco Associates
Scituate Estrusco Associates provides loans of gently used durable medical equipment such as manual wheelchairs, walkers, canes, tub seats for use by residents of Scituate, Hull, Hanover, Hingham, Cohasset, Marshfield, Norwell, Duxbury, Pembroke and Kingston. Do accept hospital beds but not power wheelchairs.

Contact:
1 Common Street - Scituate
781-545-4411
Hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

REquipment, a program of the Mass. Rehabilitation Commission, accepts gently-used durable medical equipment that is less than 5-6 years old. AS of Sept. 2017, they were accepting power and manual wheelchairs, scooters, sling lifts, portable ramps, tub/shower chairs, rollator walkers, adapted strollers, standers and gait trainers, and specialty cushions/mattresses. Equipment should be in good condition or easily repaired. Exceptions may be made with regard to the age or condition of the equipment if it is in high demand, of high-value or unusual to access.

REquipment does not accept hospital beds, built-in-place ramps or stair lifts, braces, CPAP or other medical machines.

Download their Guide to DME Reuse Resources (WORD) for other donation options. Or browse Other Loan/Reuse Options (a MassMATCH webpage).

Best Buy accepts up to 3 of the following per day: electronics and peripherals, televisions up to 32", VCR and DVD players, phones, cords, vacuums, fans, select other electric items, and remotes at no charge. Some items have a fee. (Check their site to make sure this list is current).

Lowes accepts appliances for recycling with purchase of new appliance

Anything Metal Removal Services
(free pick up Hanover and north; fee for Freon removal)
781-385-1404

Atlantic Metal Recycling
1282 Main Street (Rte. 27) - Hanson
781-293-2463

Brockton Iron and Steel
45 Freight Street - Brockton
508-586-4640

Desac Disposal Recycle and Transfer Station
106 Essex Street - Whitman
781-447-0137

Excel Recycling
37 Charlotte White Road - Westport
508-636-2780

Mid City Scrap
548 State Road - Westport
774-319-5420

Spiegel South Shore Scrap
212 N Cary Street - Brockton
508-897-0008

EverSource and National Grid sponsor a refrigerator/freezer recycling rebate program through MassSave for residential customers.

Check your town for compost areas and other places to take your yard waste and leaves

Still have stuff? Try these.

Craigslist listing items for free is an easy and free way to pass along unwanted items. You can also sell items.

Freecycle also hosts local online swaps. Half of our SSRC towns have groups.

“Buy Nothing” groups promote hyper-local giving and receiving for all manner of materials.  As of June 2017, Plymouth is the only SSRC town that has one.

I have all sorts of stuff, and just want someone to take it away.

For general cleanouts, these companies handle many of the listed items and more, and recycle/reuse to the max:

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – Pembroke
781-308-4447

1-800-GOT-JUNK

CAN’T FIND IT HERE?
Go to MassDEP’s searchable RECYCLOPEDIA

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