Medical Waste and unwanted medications

RTS

Medical “sharps” include hypodermic needles, syringes, and lancets. It is now illegal to dispose of needles, syringes, or lancets in the regular trash. See the RTS website for information about disposing of medical sharps at the RTS or other locations.

DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAMS

Information from the RTS website: Do not dispose of unwanted medication down a drain or toilet. Unwanted medications may be safely disposed of in Needham’s yellow trash bags. They may also be taken to Needham’s police department 24/7 for safe disposal. A drug take-back program is offered in the spring and fall sponsored by the Needham Police Department and the Public Health Department’s Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse. Contact the Police Department or Public Health Department for dates and details.

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Metal, scrap and metal cans

RTS

Needham residents with an RTS sticker may place clean metal cans and lids (tin / steel / aluminum, empty aerosol) in the co-mingle bin (Glass, Metal & Plastic Household Product Containers) at the Main Drop-Off area. Any metal item that is more than 75% metal may be left at the metal scrap area in the North Area. This includes: Electrical cords and cables (including Christmas tree light strings), metal desks, file cabinets, wire hangers, bikes, aluminum doors and window frames, other metal pieces; yard and garden equipment (gasoline and oil must be removed from lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc.) See details.

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Milk Cartons

RTS

Needham residents with an RTS sticker may take milk cartons  to the co-mingle bin (Glass, Metal & Plastic Household Product Containers) at the RTS Main Drop-Off area.

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Motor Oil

Recycle used oil by returning it to the point of purchase with your receipt. State law requires retailers to accept it and recycle it at no cost to you.

RTS

Needham residents with an RTS sticker may drop off used motor oil for recycling. See map.

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Musical Instruments

Check with your local school district or area music organizations such as the Boston Youth Symphony or the Community Music Center of Boston to see what kind of musical instruments they accept.

BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER FOUNDATION

(800) 483-5503
They take musical instruments (no pianos or organs), clothing, household items, small working appliances, rugs, kitchen ware, etc. Call to schedule a pick up for bigger items. Pick up fees apply to many electronics so check their website or ask when scheduling a pick up. Find a drop off location.

MUSIC GO ROUND

508-647-6874 810 Worcester Street, Natick MA
They buy, refurbish, and sell used musical instruments and accessories.

SAVERS

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

Savers is also a donation location for the EPILEPSY FOUNDATION, which accepts musical instruments. Savers also accepts donations of house wares, CDs, DVDs, tapes, vinyl records, as well as clothing, sports equipment, and other items for reuse. For more information click here.

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