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On Saturday, November 15, The Northampton Reuse Committee will hold a Recycling & Reuse Rally from 9am-12 PM at Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street. The event is free and open to the public. Large blocks of Styrofoam and bulky rigid plastic will be collected for recycling, and gently-used children’s cold weather outerwear will be collected for reuse. On-site, secure document shredding will be available courtesy of ProShred of Wilbraham. Details provided below.
“This is a great chance for people to do a fall cleanout of things that are a little more difficult to recycle,” Says ReUse Committee Member and event coordinator Jon Sass, “If you have children’s winter clothing to donate, bulky plastic items, Styrofoam, or documents to shred, this is a easy way to purge and feel good about it.”
Styrofoam® (aka expanded polystyrene or EPS)Accepted: Large pieces of clean, dry, rigid white EPS with no attached paper or plastic. Not accepted: Colored or food-related foam (contamination risks) and packing peanuts, soft foam.
Bulky rigid plasticCollected bulky rigid plastic items will be made available first to the public free of charge for reuse; remaining items will be recycled via the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility.Accepted: Large, RIGID plastic items such as laundry baskets, pet carriers, lawn furniture, yard toys (e.g. Little Tykes), and plastic flower pots. Not accepted: PVC pipes, flexible/crinkly plastic (e.g. hoses, seedling packs), and containers that have held hazardous material.
Personal documentsParticipants may bring up to two curbside recycling bin boxes of personal documents.Accepted: Clean and dry personal or confidential documents (financial & medical records, legal papers, credit card statements, income tax files, and cancelled checks). Not accepted: Plastic items such as folders and page dividers, books, wet or mildewed material.
Warm children’s outerwearAccepted: Clean, gently used coats, warm jackets, snow pants and suits, winter boots, warm socks gloves/mittens, and hats sizes 0-12.Not accepted: Worn, torn or badly stained items.Collected items will be made available to Northampton Public School students; the remainder will be donated to a charitable organization for resale and/or recycling.-----End-----