SHIRLEY -- Think of it as one-stop dropping.
The annual Recycle Your Reusables is coming on Oct. 21, running 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, Shirley. The event is open to residents of any community.
"It's a one-stop opportunity to recycle hard-to-recycle items," says Laurie Sabol, chairperson of the Ayer Recycling Committee, which has organized the regional event for the past nine years. "In one word -- Styrofoam."
Other items not often accepted at local transfer facilities include tires, batteries, rigid plastics, latex paint, and old textiles.
"These can be worn out clothes, linens, backpacks, and stuffed animals, as long as they are clean and dry. Electronics, anything with a cord, and old mattresses are accepted with a fee."
New and gently used items such as furniture, appliances, baby gear, bicycles, wheelchairs, art supplies, books, CD's, DVDs, and video games, building tools and hardware, and more are recycled through nearly 30 nonprofit and commercial vendors working on and off-site with the event.
"There are very few things that need to end up going into the waste-stream," says Sabol. ""Still, please don't bring things like musty, torn couches that have sat out in the rain for months. Think: 'would I loan this to a friend?' as a guideline."
On-site shredding of paper will also be available. And donations of canned goods, cash, and checks will be accepted for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry.
"The event will not be open before 9 a.m.," she said. "If you have a lot of items to recycle, you can strategically pack your car for drop-off by checking our site map of parked vendors on our website, recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com."
Individual and group volunteers may register ahead of time for two-hour slots by contacting Sabol at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-496-5839. Questions about the suitability of any donation may also be addressed here or by checking the website.