COVID-19 update: Opportunities for donations or recycling at businesses and municipal facilities may be limited during the pandemic. Check for restrictions and changes in the RTS operations.  See details.

Aerosol Cans


Needham residents with an RTS sticker can put empty aerosol cans into the commingle bin in the Main Area. Partially empty cans that contain Household Hazardous Waste, such as pesticides, herbicides, etc., should be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste Day. For more details about Household Hazardous Waste, click here.

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Antifreeze (updated April 2020)


Needham residents with an RTS sticker may bring antifreeze and motor oil to the RTS. Must not be mixed with gasoline or other liquids.
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Appliances – Working  (updated April 2020)

Mass Save

If you have a second refrigerator or second freezer in working order, check and see if Mass Save has a current rebate offer, which may include picking it up at no cost to you and paying you $50 (or sometimes more) as an incentive. See details here.

American Family Thrift

(781) 769-7430. Contact: Jim Sherman

Accepts working large and small appliances, electronics, furniture, and household items. Pick up only. Call Jim Sherman to schedule an appointment to assess the items. Pick up will then be arranged.

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 appliances that are like new and not more than a few years old. Pick-ups may be arranged for a fee. Check their donation guidelines here.

Habitat Restore

(617) 327-1170, 1580 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA

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.

Salvation Army

206 Broadway, Saugus MA

Pick-up service is offered. Call (781) 231-0803 for appliance guidelines or to arrange for pick up; ask for “Donations.” Or call (800) 728-7825. All donations are accepted at the discretion of the driver. Smaller appliances may be dropped off at a store.

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Appliances – Small Working Appliances  (updated April 2020)


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

Accepts small working appliances, clothing, and various household items.

  • 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 good quality small appliances, such as toasters, blenders, mixers, irons, radios, etc. Also accepts children’s clothing, toys, stuffed animals, household items, hardback and paperback books, CDs, Videos, DVDs, vinyl records, computer software, and more. Donation guidelines.

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Appliances – Non-Working  (updated April 2020)


For Needham residents with an RTS sticker, appliances (stove, refrigerator, AC, dehumidifier, water heater, etc.) are accepted for a fee at the RTS. Click here for more information.


781-461-6768 700 Providence Hwy, Dedham, MA

Best Buy will pick up old appliances for recycling (no mini refrigerators or air conditioners) for $24.99 when a replacement product is delivered by Geek Squad® or Best Buy Home Delivery. Stand-alone pickup without a qualifying appliance purchase is $99.99.  Click here for more information.

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Art Supplies


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

As of April 2020, this appears to be closed.

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Aseptic Packaging and other cartons (updated April 2020)

Milk and juice cartons, juice boxes, and aseptic cartons are no longer recyclable at the Needham RTS. According to a September 2018 notice of the Waste Management website, “in efforts to produce higher quality end products as a direct result of China’s National Sword waste and recycling policy, ALL Massachusetts recycling plants have ceased accepting food and beverage cartons. Food and beverage cartons are paper-based containers in refrigerated and non-refrigerated areas of food markets. Food and beverage cartons are commonly used for milk, juice, cream, soups, etc. Effective immediately, please be sure to exclude paper-based food and beverage cartons from all recycling containers and discard them with your trash. Note: This change does NOT impact food and beverage containers made from glass, plastics and metals.”

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Automobiles (see CARS)

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