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.

Backpacks (3/20)

Circle Of Hope

781-449-3700, 1329 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

They accept adult or children’s backpacks, clean and in excellent condition. They also collect clothing & shoes, household items, and new and unopened toiletries, both regular and travel-sized. See their donation guidelines.

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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 (3/20)

Bikes Not Bombs

(617) 522-0222 284 Amory St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Accepts all kinds of bicycles, even if they are not in working condition, as long as they are not excessively 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.

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Books (3/20)

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

56 Felton St., Waltham, MA 02453, 781-314-9330

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, VHS tapes, audio cassettes, or magazines/periodicals.) Residents with RTS stickers may drop off items at the Needham RTS collection trailer, or at a donation container (search for donation containers here. To schedule a book pick-up, call 617-674-5555.


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

Accepts good quality hardback and paperback books, magazines, records, tapes, CDs, videos, DVDs, computer software, clothing, house wares, and more. Click here for guidelines.

Brita Filters (3/20)

Brita filters can be recycled by mail through Brita, as they have partnered with TerraCycle. Before recycling, they recommend saving 5 lbs. of used Brita® products, including filters, pitchers and bottles. This link contains recycling instructions.

[Note: PRESERVE: Gimme 5 recycling at Whole Foods, which used to take Brita filters, is now only for plastic cutlery.]

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Building Materials (3/20)

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. (See note below.) 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.

Please note the following message from their website in March, 2020

We are unable to accept any donations of materials for the time being, whether dropped off or picked up. We apologize for the inconvenience.  Please feel free to send in your offer and we will contact you when we are again able to take in donations.

Habitat Restore

(617) 327-1170, 1580 VFW Parkway, W.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.

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