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Everything You NEED To Know About Saturday's Zero Waste Day

Sep 24, 2014 01:03PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

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(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Town of Tewksbury.)

Tewksbury's 6th Annual Zero Waste Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th, from 9am-1pm, at the Wynn Middle School parking lot.  As you know, this is aDRIVE THRU DONATING AND RECYCLING event co-sponsored by the Tewksbury Recycling Committee and the Tewksbury Congregational Church. Each year, we have had 400-500+ donors!

What is Zero Waste Day?

ZWD is an opportunity for you to clean out your attics, basements, closets, and garages of used but usable items and pass them on to local people in need. To make it extra easy for you to share your donations, we've invited 14 organizations to come to the Wynn Middle School parking lot so that you don't even need to leave town. Simply load up your car, drive on thru, and we'll even help you to unload your car and distribute your donations.

Which organizations are participating?

Big Brother Big Sister Foundation, Bikes Not Bombs, Boston Building Resources, Central Mass Mosquito Control, Community Giving Tree, Electronic Recyclers International, Lowell Humane Society, Mission of Deeds, More Than Words, MSPCA/Nevins Farm, Neighbors in Need, Paper Retriever, Project Home Again, and Wish Project of Lowell. Visit our website to find links to each organization's website.

What kinds of donations are you accepting?

There are too many things to name in this email, but print out a copy of the attached flyer and visit our website for more info. (Items include: clothing, shoes, furniture, household goods, bikes, baby gear, books, pet supplies, building supplies and more!) NOTE: IF YOU WOULD NOT PASS YOUR DONATION ON TO A FRIEND, PLEASE DO NOT BRING IT TO ZERO WASTE DAY. Items should be clean and functional and should maintain the dignity of the recipient. Please be aware that the cost of disposing of damaged or unusable items takes important funding away from the ultimate mission of our participating non-profits.

What kinds of donations are you NOT accepting?

Please do not bring the following types of items:  exercise equipment, sports equipment, hazardous waste materials, baby gear that is more than 8 years old, drop-side cribs, anything with missing parts or requiring repair, toys (with the exception of “like-new” wooden puzzles, ride-on toys, Little Tykes, American Girl Dolls, Legos, and pre-school toys that are under 10 years old).  These items WILL BE accepted for Community Giving Tree’s Twice Loved Toy Sale.

Will electronics recycling be available?

Yes! We have partnered with certified e-waste company Electronics Recyclers International this year, and our pricing continues to beat in-town costs from Republic (formerly Allied Waste).  TVs/monitors are $15 (under 32"), $25 (over 32”) or $5 (flat screen under 21”).  And other electronics are priced in small ($1), medium ($5) and large ($10) categories with items like computer keyboards for $1, laptops for $5 and printers for $10. (More detail can be found on our website.)

What about bikes?

For the sixth year in a row, Bikes Not Bombs will be on site to accept used bikes. Our ZWD event is one of their BIGGEST of the year with 60-80 bikes collected annually from Tewksbury. Please support this fantastic organization and know for certain that your adult or children's bike will not be recycled for scrap metal but will instead be reclaimed and used to create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation.

And batteries?

Thanks to our friends at Andover ZWD, we’ll gladly recycle any intact/non-leaking batteries including: auto batteries, lawn/tractor batteries, rechargeables, button cells, laptop batteries, computer UPS, and alkalines.

Again this year: FREE Tire Recycling!

Central Mass Mosquito Control will accept off-rim (not mounted) tires which they will recycle at no cost. Read more about it here.

Is ZWD for Tewksbury residents only?

Tewksbury is a super generous town and, as such, we invite residents from surrounding communities to share in the ZWD experience.  All are welcome!

Promote Your Business or Org Through ZWD Sponsorship

Six wonderful business and civic orgs have offered $250 in financial sponsorship (tax deductible, paid directly to non-profit) to six of the participating organizations.  (Thank you Marriott Residence Inn, Enterprise Bank, Tewksbury Country Club, Tewksbury Congregational Church, The Barkery, and North East Educational & Developmental Support Center.)  We hope to secure sponsors for the following orgs before 9/22: Big Brother Big Sister Foundation, Boston Building Resources, MSPCA at Nevins Farm, Neighbors in Need, Project Home Again.  Sponsors will receive acknowledgement on our ZWD Facebook page and website AND will be provided with the opportunity to share 500 promotional items (magnets, pens, menus, flyers, business cards, etc…) in each of the ZWD reusable tote bags that we give to our first 500 donors.  If you know a local business owner who would benefit from this great marketing opportunity, please contact us!

How can you help?

We would be thrilled if you would kindly forward this email to all of your local friends and neighbors.  Facebook users are encouraged to LIKE our page and RSVP to our event so that ZWD will be active in the newsfeed.  We’re hoping to be up to 375 Likes and 150 Yes RSVPs by September 27th.

Should you have any questions, please contact event coordinators Beth McFadyen and Loretta Ryan at bmcfadyen@comcast.net and macnmad@comcast.net.

We hope to see you at Zero Waste Day!

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