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UPDATED: Ninth Annual Zero Waste Day

Sep 15, 2017 05:56AM ● By Bill Gilman

Zero Waste Day ZWD

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Zero Waste Day Coordinators, Beth McFadyen and Loretta Ryan.)

Zero Waste Day: Saturday, September 23rd
Tewksbury's 9th Annual Zero Waste Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd (rain or shine!), from 9am-1pm in the Wynn Middle School parking lot, located at 1 Griffin Way (at the end of Victor Drive).  ZWD is an opportunity for you to clean out your attics, basements, closets, and garages of gently used items and recyclables.  Sixteen local organizations will be on site with donation and recycling collection vehicles, and volunteers from the Tewksbury Recycling Committee, Tewksbury Congregational Church and the community will assist in unloading your vehicle and ensuring that your experience is quick and easy. 

Participating organizations are collecting items like clothing, furniture, baby gear, bikes, off-rim tires, building supplies, household goods, pet supplies, books, cell phones, batteries and – for a nominal fee (cash only) – electronics like computers and TVs. 

Please do not donate any items that are broken, missing pieces, ripped or stained, as the cost to dispose of unusable donations presents a true burden to the non-profit organizations.  (Organizations reserve the right to refuse donations.)  

Paper Shredding
In conjunction with ZWD, Enterprise Bank will offer FREE paper shredding at their 1120 Main Street location from 9am-12pm, with a 10 box/person limit.  

No Hazardous Waste
Tewksbury residents are allowed to dispose of hazardous items at the Minuteman Regional Hazardous Waste facility in Lexington one day each month from April thru November and must pay for this service. The final collection dates of 2017 are: 10/14 and 11/4. https://www.lexingtonma.gov/trash-collection/pages/minuteman-household-hazardous-products-regional-facility  

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Alyssa Kevlahan, Executive Director at Project Home Again:
"Project Home Again helps families to furnish their homes and live with comfort and dignity.  Donors at ZWD have enabled our clients to do just that.  Last year we were able to help 50+ families with the incredible amount of items we received.  We had multiple volunteers transport smaller items in their cars.  We ended up with a 14 foot box truck filled to the brim, plus four SUVs stuffed with donations.  It was incredible."

Some Facts About Zero Waste Day...

  • This is our 9th Annual ZWD!  (We have committed to coordinating this event thru the 10th ZWD... next year.)
  • Last year we had just under 500 drive thru donors and recyclers
  • 17% of 2016 participants were not from Tewksbury (47 were from Andover)
  • 16 local non-profits are served by this event
  • Nearly 90 people from the Tewksbury Recycling Committee, Tewksbury Congregational Church and the community volunteer at ZWD
  • ZWD saves Tewksbury taxpayer dollars as it keeps items out of the waste stream
  • Central MA Mosquito Control Program will recycle off-rim tires at no charge. 700 off-rim tires have been recycled over the past 4 years.
  • Last year, 15,321 lbs. of electronics were recycled by M&K Recovery Group. There is a nominal fee for electronics recycling and payment is CASH ONLY. Pricing is listed on our flyer, poster and on www.zwdtewksbury.org.
  • 1213 lbs. of batteries were recycled in 2016, including 876 lbs. with hazardous content (containing lead, cadmium, nickel and lithium)
  • The fair market value of building supplies collected by Boston Building Resources in 2016 was $3991.37 in 2016
  • 115 bikes were collected by Bikes Not Bombs in 2016. Tewksbury is their biggest community event each year.
  • Three SUVs worth of gently used pet supplies were delivered to the Lowell Humane Society and MSPCA at Nevin's Farm in 2016
  • 6 box trucks and many SUVs/vans FULL of donations were shared with Mission of Deeds, Project Home Again, Neighbors in Need, Community Giving Tree, Epilepsy Foundation, Lazarus House, and Ruth’s House
  • In 2016, the Epilepsy Foundation collected 2182 lbs. of soft goods (clothing, linens, textiles) and 991 lbs. of household items
  • Thirteen Tewksbury businesses, civic orgs and churches are sponsoring ZWD with a $250 check payable to each of the participating non-profits.  These funds help defray staffing or truck rental costs for each org.  The 2017 sponsors include: Dr. Steven Demetriou DMD., Tewksbury Lions Club, Well Water Connection, The Barkery, Tewksbury Congregational Church, Enterprise Bank, Best Pets Veterinary Hospital, Wamesit Lanes, Tewksbury Dental Associates, Escapology, The Residence at Joan’s Farm, Neighborhood Parcel, and Tewksbury Rotary Club.
  • We are encouraging youth involvement by partnering with the Wynn Middle School Community Service Club (to assemble our tote bags), Girl Scout Troop 60803 (to staff the pet supply station), and Boy Scout Troop 41 (to post and collect our 100 lawn signs).  We also offer Youth Volunteer (ages 12-17) slots on event day.
  • We have a dedicated website (www.zwdtewksbury.org) that provides links to local service providers and includes a 6 month planning guide for other communities interested in hosting their own ZWD.  On the SHARE YOUR STUFF page, local residents can search by category to find local orgs (and their contact info) that will accept their donations. This online resource is regularly updated so that the site can be a "go to" at any time of year when a resident is seeking a potential recipient of their donations.
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