When buying products or packaging, select items that can be easily recycled after their useful life. Stick with the basics: cardboard, paper, glass bottles, #1 and #2 plastic, metal cans.
The graphic above highlights the core recyclables to put in your recycling cart, and also reminds us what NOT to put in the cart. To check specific items as to whether they can be recycled curbside use the RecycleSmart app. For a video explanation of correct recycling practices that apply to all communities in Massachusetts see: Recycle Right. When in doubt, leave it out.
PLASTIC BAGS MUST BE KEPT OUT OF CURBSIDE RECYCLING CARTS:
They get tangled in machinery at recycling facility and add cost to the process.
Plastic bags and film: Shaw’s Sharon and most supermarkets have receptacles for recycling plastic bags and film including: shopping bags, newspaper bags, bread bags, case wrap, napkin/paper towel/bathroom tissue/diaper wrap, dry cleaning bags, and produce bags.
Electronics: Drop off at Sharon DPW Mon-Thurs 8am-3pm and Fri 8am-12pm (check this page for updates). Items accepted for a fee include: computers, TVs, printers, VCRs, microwaves, scanners. The full list is here.
Scrap metal: Drop off at Sharon DPW Mon. – Thurs. 8 am – 3 pm and Fri. 8 am -12pm. Items are accepted at no cost, including: gas/charcoal grills, bicycles, lawn mowers, golf clubs, shovels, ladders, toasters, hot water heaters, basketball hoops, metal strollers, metal file cabinets, and fans.
Tires: Drop off at Sharon DPW Mon-Thurs 8am-3pm and Fri 8am-12pm. Fee applies. Details can be found here.
Large bulky plastic: Accepted once per year for recycling as a special collection during Sharon’s annual Household Hazardous Waste collection event. Items accepted at no charge include: plastic lawn furniture, pails, trash and recycling bins, large toys, pet carriers, plastic shelving, storage totes, milk crates, and laundry baskets.
Clothing and Textiles: The Sharon Public Schools have partnered with Bay State Textiles to bring textile recycling to our town. Drop boxes are located in the parking lot of all five Sharon Public Schools, and profits provide funding for the schools.
Bay State Textiles accepts donations of clothing, footwear, accessories and linens in any condition (ripped, torn, stained, and/or worn out) as long as they are clean and dry. 95% OF ALL TEXTILES CAN BE RECYCLED OR REUSED. Foam is NOT an acceptable item. Guide to textiles that can be recycled.
Staples accepts ink cartridges for recycling.
Best Buy accepts a wide range of electronics at no charge for recycling.
Shredded paper: Bring to SSC Green Day (once per year in May) for use of our FREE shredding truck or contact companies like Mansfield Shredding Service.