School Supplies

Try calling schools in the local Boston area to see if they are in need of any school supplies. Gently used supplies are often accepted.

Cradles to Crayons Boston

617-779-4700, 155 North Beacon St, Brighton, MA 02135
Support kids in need with essential items for growth. Accepts new arts and craft supplies, new school supplies and gently used children’s clothing and toys. Check their website for a full list of items they accept. You can drop off any donations at their headquarters in Brighton or find drop-off locations. Watch for a yearly fundraiser in Needham, which is often in early spring.

Solutions at Work

617-576-0039, Roosevelt Towers Housing Complex, 391 Evereteze Way, Cambridge MA 02141
Accepts donations of new and unused school supplies, plus children’s clothing, books, and toys.  You can drop off any donations at their headquarters in Cambridge.  Check their website for drop-off hours. The homeless and low-income parents who participate in their Children’s Clothing Exchange trade their children’s outgrown items for age-appropriate clothing, books, and toys.

Extras For Creative Reuse

781 599-9939  58 Pulaski St. (rear entrance), Peabody MA

In the past they have accepted donations of items in good condition that teachers, students, parents or artists can use, such as art supplies, office supplies, paper, yarn, fabric, children’s paint, tubes, ribbon, and more. They are moving from Lynn to Peabody in August, 2016. Call to see if there are new guidelines.


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RTS Needham

See the RTS website for comprehensive information about disposing of Home Medical Waste.

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Shoes and Sneakers

RTS Needham

Needham residents with an RTS sticker can put footwear — sports shoes, cleats, boots, flip flops, and more– in the Bay State Textile trailer at the RTS. They do not have to be wearable, and single shoes are acceptable.

NIKE Reuse-a-Shoe

Used sneakers of any brand may be dropped off at most Nike stores. There is a collection bin at the Niketown store in Back Bay at 200 Newbury St., near the corner of Exeter and Newbury.

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Smoke Detectors

RTS Needham

In Needham, smoke detectors may be placed in the regular trash. See RTS website. According to the Mass. Dept. of Energy and Environmental Affairs “certain smoke detectors contain a radioactive sensing device, but the radioactivity is so low that it is considered harmless.”

Manufacturers may accept the return of used radioactive smoke detectors for hazardous waste disposal. Contact them for mailing instructions.

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Needham Community Council

781-444-2415 570 Hillside Ave., Needham MA 02494
Donate unused bar soap, shampoo/conditioners, liquid laundry detergent to the Needham Community Council Food Pantry.

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Empty Soap Dispensers/Shampoo Bottles

RTS Needham

Needham residents with an RTS sticker may bring plastic bottles of any number to Needham RTS’ main drop-off area.

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Cannot be recycled, throw away in trash.

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Sporting Goods


(617) 445-1010, 1010 Harrison Ave, Boston MA 02119

Accepts small gently used sports/workout equipment and many household goods.

  • Unattended donation trailer is located at the RTS.
  • Attended trailer is located at 115 Rumford Avenue, Newton (Open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Click here to see what other items may be donated.


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

Accepts donations of sporting goods, CDs, DVDs, tapes, vinyl records, as well as clothing, house wares, and other items for reuse. Also accepts children’s clothing, toys, hardback and paperback books, and more. Savers is also a donation location for The Epilepsy Foundation. Donation guidelines.

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Styrofoam peanuts

UPS Store

UPS stores, including the one in Needham, accept clean styrofoam peanuts for reuse.
Consider listing them on Needham Freecycle.

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Styrofoam (Rigid foam packing material)

EPS Industry Alliance

Maintains a mail-back program for expanded polystyrere (EPS) packaging, (white molded foam use dot cushion electronics and other fragile consumer items). See guidelines. The two drop-off locations  in our area are listed below.

Insulation Technology, Inc. 508 697-6926, 3 First St. Bridgewater, MA 02324

Expanded polystrene (EPS) packaging can be dropped off in their foyer at any time. Please make sure to put it in a bag.

Conigliaro  Industries

Drop-Off Center located at 36 Fountain Street, Framingham, MA. Call for details. 888-CONIG-25 (888-266-4425)

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