Recycling Opportunities Beyond the Curb

Books, CDs, Media: Drop Boxes for Big Hearted Books (a Sharon business) accept these materials for recycling:  Gently used books, DVDs, CDs, records, video games, comic books, baseball cards.

Area bins are located at: Mick Morgan’s Book Bin, 973 Providence Hwy, Sharon and Big Y Plaza in Walpole (bins are located behind Valvoline).


Building Materials, Cabinetry, Doors: Habitat for Humanity ReStores (West Roxbury and Attleboro) accept a wide range of gently used materials in working order, e.g.,  appliances, building materials/tools, cabinets, doors, windows, flooring, hardware, home décor, lighting, plumbing.  Drop off and pick-up options.  See website for details:  http://www.habitatbostonrestore.org/donate.html


Clothing and Textiles: Drop boxes located at all Sharon Public Schools. (Money is earned by the schools for these donations!)

Clothing includes: Shirts, pants, jackets, suits, hats, belts, ties, gloves, scarves, socks (even single ones) undergarments, handbags, backpacks in any style, age or condition.

Footwear: Shoes, sandals, sneakers, cleats, boots, flip-flops, and slippers.

Household textiles (even stained and torn items): Curtains, drapes, sheets, blankets, comforters, towels, table linens, throw rugs, pillows, stuffed dolls and animals.


Electronics: Drop off at Sharon DPW Mon- Thurs 8am-3pm and Fri 8am-12pm. Items accepted (fees apply): computers, TVs, printers, VCRs, microwaves, scanners. Details can be found at: www.townofsharon.net/sites/sharonma/files/uploads/adf.pdf

BEST BUY and STAPLES accept a wide range of electronics and ink cartridges at NO CHARGE for recycling.  Google “Best Buy Recycling or Staples Recycling” for details.


Fluorescent bulbs, thermometers, thermostats, items with mercury: Drop off at Sharon DPW Mon- Thurs 8am-3pm and Fri 8am-12pm.  Mercury containing items must be kept out of the trash: it is toxic to people and wildlife.


Food Scraps: Easy and rewarding to compost at home.  Sharon DPW sells compost bins for $43 each.   Learn about how to get started here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dep/recycle/reduce/06-thru-l/composti.pdf


Household Hazardous Waste:  Annual Household Hazardous Waste collection event in June.

Never put these items in your trash: pesticides, pool chemicals, fertilizers, oil-based paints and stains, used motor oil, used antifreeze, photo chemicals, driveway sealers, thinners and solvents, drain cleaner, art supplies, chemistry sets, toilet cleaners, solvent based adhesives, lighter fluids, poisons, flea and tick powders, etc.


Household Items: Gently used but still in working condition: donate to local charities or reuse organizations.  New Life Home Refurnishing in Walpole accepts gently used furniture and household items and makes them available at no charge to those in need, www.newlifehr.org.  My Brother’s Keeper in Easton does home pick-ups of gently used furniture which they donate to families in need:  www.mybrotherskeeper.org.


Large Bulky Plastics: Accepted once per year for recycling as a special collection during Sharon’s annual Household Hazardous Waste collection event.

Items accepted at no charge: plastic lawn furniture, pails, trash and recycling bins, large toys, pet carriers, plastic shelving, storage totes, milk crates, laundry baskets, etc.


Leaves and Grass: Drop Off at Farnham Road compost site April – November (see schedule on DPW website); also accepted at the curb Oct-Dec. http://www.townofsharon.net/sites/sharonma/files/uploads/trash_and_recycling_calendar.pdf


Plastic Bags and Film: Most supermarkets have receptacle for recycling, includes: retail bags, newspaper bags, bread bags, case wrap, napkin/paper towel/bathroom tissue and diaper wrap, dry cleaning bags, produce bags.  See this link for details: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/pdf/PlasticRecyclingPoster_15.jpg

PLASTIC BAGS MUST BE KEPT OUT OF CURBSIDE RECYCLING CARTS (they get tangled in machinery at recycling facility and add cost to the process).


Scrap Metal: Drop off at Sharon DPW Mon- Thurs 8am-3pm and Fri 8am-12pm.

Items accepted at no cost, e.g., gas/charcoal grills, bicycles, lawn mowers, golf clubs, shovels, ladders, toasters, hot water heaters, basketball hoops, metal strollers, metal file cabinets, fans, etc.


Tires:  Drop off at Sharon DPW Mon- Thurs 8am-3pm and Fri 8am-12pm.  Fee applies. Details can be found at: http://www.townofsharon.net/sites/sharonma/files/uploads/adf.pdf

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