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Take Part In Tewksbury's 10th Annual Zero Waste Day

Sep 18, 2018 05:22AM ● By Theresa Gilman
Tewksbury's 10th Annual Zero Waste Day is scheduled for SATURDAY, September 22nd, from 9am-1pm, at the Wynn Middle School parking lot (rain or shine).  As you know, this is a DRIVE THRU DONATING AND RECYCLING event co-sponsored by the Tewksbury Recycling Committee and the Tewksbury Congregational Church. Last year, more than 600 households participated!

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Please see attached flyer in PDF, printable form. This can be printed and posted wherever permission is given!
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 16 organizations to collect at 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 will help you to unload your car and distribute your donations. We are also pleased to offer some recycling options.  Zero Waste Day does not accept household hazardous waste.  Hazardous waste is collected one day per month from April thru November at the Minuteman Regional Collection Center in Lexington. (To learn more about the next collection date on Sunday, September 16th, visit this link.)
Which organizations are participating this year?
Bikes Not Bombs, Boston Building Resources, Central Mass Mosquito Control, Community Giving Tree, Epilepsy Foundation, International Institute of New England, Junk Depot, Lazarus House, Lowell Humane Society, M&K Recovery Group, Mission of Deeds, More Than Words, MSPCA/Nevins Farm, Paper Retriever, Project Home Again and Ruth's House. Visit our website to find links to each organization's website.
What kinds of donations are you accepting?
Clothing, shoes, small furniture (apartment-friendly), household goods, bikes, baby gear, books, pet supplies, decorative items, building supplies and more! Furniture is in high demand, but please keep in mind that the clients served by these organizations often live in small apartments that cannot accommodate pieces like large entertainment centers, desks, dining room hutches, large dining room table sets, etc… Additionally, the participating organizations do not accept sleeper sofas or mattresses. The most needed furniture items are small bureaus, kitchen sets and couches/love seats. 

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. ZWD reserves the right to refuse items that might otherwise create a cost for our participating organizations.
What kinds of donations are you NOT accepting?
Please do not bring the following types of items: exercise equipment, hazardous waste materials (go here instead), encyclopedia sets, videotapes, cassette tapes, baby gear that is more than 5 years old, drop-side cribs, anything with missing parts or requiring repair, anything with water damage/mold, anything with pet hair/stains/rips, 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 are partnering with M&K Recovery Group of North Andover, and our pricing continues to beat in-town costs.  TVs/monitors are $15 (under 26"), $25 (over 27"-40”), $35 (41+") 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. (CASH ONLY, please.)
What about bikes?
For the 10th 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 an average of 100 bikes collected each year 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 friend Keith Saxon from Andover, we’ll gladly recycle any intact/non-leaking batteries including: auto/marine batteries, lawn/tractor batteries, motorcycle batteries, rechargeables, button cells, laptop batteries, computer UPS, and alkaline batteries.  Last year, we recycled 1284 lbs. of batteries!
FREE (off rim) 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!
FREE Paper Shredding event at Enterprise Bank on ZWD
One of our ZWD sponsors is Enterprise Bank, and they are kindly offering FREE paper shredding in conjunction with Zero Waste Day on 9/22 at their Tewksbury Center Branch, located at 1120 Main Street. From 9am-12pm, all are welcome to bring up to 10 boxes of paper to their site for FREE shredding.
Thirteen generous businesses and civic orgs have offered $250 in financial sponsorship (tax deductible, paid directly to non-profit) to twelve of the participating organizations.  Thank you Dr. Steven Demetriou, DMD, Well Water Connection, Tewksbury Congregational Church, The Barkery, Enterprise Bank, Escapology, Tewksbury Rotary Club, Best Pets Veterinary Hospital, Tewksbury Dental Associates, and Wamesit Lanes.  Additionally, we are thankful to Junk Depot for their general sponsorship of Zero Waste Day. Check out the Community Support page of our website for links to each of these fine organizations.
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 toLIKE our page and RSVP to our event so that ZWD will be active in the newsfeed over the coming week.  We’re hoping to hit 800 LIKES and 100 Yes RSVPs by September 22nd.
Volunteers still needed
We still have a few slots available for traffic controllers and car unloaders on 1st shift (8:30-10:45) and 2nd shift (10:45am-1pm). We are also happy to accept baked goods for our volunteer staff. If you would like to lend a helping hand, please sign-up through this link.
Should you have any questions, please contact event coordinators Beth McFadyen and Loretta Ryan at
We hope to see you at Zero Waste Day!
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