Backpacks

Circle Of Hope

781-449-3700,  65 Rosemary St., Needham, MA 02492 office@circleofhopeonline.org.

They accept adult or children’s backpacks, clean and in good condition. See their donation guidelines.
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Batteries

Alkaline batteries are not hazardous and should be disposed of with regular trash. Since 1994, alkaline batteries made in the U.S. contain no added mercury.

RTS Needham

Needham residents with an RTS sticker may take rechargeable batteries (power tools, computer, toothbrush, cordless phone, etc.), lithium batteries, and button batteries (watch, hearing aid) to the Universal Waste Shed across from the RTS office. Car, motorcycle, scooter or other lead-acid batteries may be dropped off across from the metal recycling area at the RTS North Area.

Needham Health Department

Accepts button batteries (as well as mercury thermometers or mercury thermostats).

Retail drop-offs

Staples, RadioShack, Office Depot/Office Max, and Best Buy (look for recycling  kiosk) accept rechargeable batteries (no alkaline or non-rechargeable lithium).

Most stores selling watches or hearing aids will accept spent button batteries. Button batteries often contain mercury and should not be disposed of in the trash.

See Car Batteries

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Bicycles

Bikes Not Bombs

(617) 522-0222 284 Amory St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 mail@bikesnotbombs.org

Accepts all kinds of bicycles, even if they are not in working condition, as long as they are not extensively rusted from being outside for long periods. Also accepts bicycle parts, equipment such as helmets, and bicycle clothing. Their web site specifies where and when donations may be dropped off, including bike drives and other drop-off points

Roll It Forward

Through partnerships with a variety of bicycle stores, this City of Boston program will accept used bicycles (from good brands only) for reuse in Boston neighborhoods. Bicycles may be taken to Dedham Bike at 403 Washington St., Dedham MA (781) 326-1531; Eastern Mountain Sports, 300 Needham St., Newton  (617) 559-1575, and other locations. Before donating a bicycle, check the Boston Bikes web site to see which bikes they accept.

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Binders

Office Depot/Office Max has partnered with Terracycle to accept old binders of any brand for recycling. Present the old binder(s) at the checkout counter and receive a $2 off if you buy a new binder. Details here.

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Books

Needham Library

(781) 455-7559 1139 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494

Book donations are accepted whenever the Library is open. Inside the main lower level entrance, the donation slot is just inside the doors. Donated books are sold at book sales which fund Friends of Needham Library activities in support of the Library.

 

More Than Words

(781) 788-0035, 376 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453.

More Than Words empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by working as a team to take charge of a business. They accept gently-used books, CDs, DVDs, and Video Games. (No encyclopedias, music cassettes, magazines) Residents with RTS stickers may drop off items at the Needham RTS collection trailer. To schedule a book pick-up, call 617-674-5555.

Savers

(617) 323-8231, 1230 VFW Pkwy. West Roxbury, MA

Accepts good quality hardback and paperback books, CD’s, Videos, DVD’s, tapes, vinyl records, computer software, clothing, house wares, and more. Click here for guidelines.

Brita Filters

PRESERVE: GIMME 5 program at local Whole Foods Markets

300 Legacy Place, Dedham, MA; 442 Washington Street Wellesley MA

Preserve collects No. 5 plastics to make recycled household products. Drop your dry Brita Filters for water pitchers or water bottles only (let dry for 3 days) in the “Preserve: Gimme 5” box located in the nearest Whole Foods Market.

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Building Materials

See Newton’s Construction and Demolition Reuse and Recycling Guide for additional resources.

Boston Building Resources

(617) 442-2262, 100 Terrace Street, Roxbury, MA 02120

The Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources is a charitable nonprofit that accepts donations of new and gently used materials for resale. They accept a large variety of surplus building materials, including flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops (not laminate), sinks and faucets, bathroom fixtures, various types of windows and doors, door hinges and locks, light fixtures, plywood and drywall, and showroom-quality appliances less than 7 years old. Before donating, be sure to check their donation guidelines. Pick-ups may be arranged for a fee.

Habitat Restore

(617) 327-1170, 1580 VFW Parkway, W.Roxbury, MA restore@habitatboston.org

Accepts donations of large and small working appliances (no older than 8 years), usable building materials, home improvement items, kitchen cabinets, furniture and other home items, and resells them to the public at discounted prices. All sales benefit Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston. Click here for a list of acceptable materials. ReStore staff have final say on all donations based on the condition of the item(s) and the store’s needs. Call or email if you are unsure or if you would like to set up a pick-up for qualifying items.

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