Don't Throw It Out, Bring It To Zero Waste Day!

Tewksbury's 4th Annual Zero Waste Day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Wynn Middle School.

It's not exactly Christmas but for Loretta Ryan and Beth McFayden, it's pretty close.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, Ryan and McFayden, along with a team of volunteers and representatives from more than a dozen non-profit organizations will be at the Wynn Middle School, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Tewksbury's 4th Annual Zero Waste Day.

On the Zero Waste Day web site, the event is described as a "drive thru donating and recycling event held annually to provide residents with a quick and easy way to pass along items that they no longer need."

But there is an added bonus. When they bring items to Zero Waste Day, people are donating them to a variety of non-profit agencies, helping thousands of families throughout the Merrimack Valley and Eastern Mass.

"We've got two new agencies participating that we're very excited about -- the Green Network Exchange and Neighbors in Need," said McFayden.

The Green Network Exchange will be accepting electronic items on Saturday. Depending on the item, the firm may refurbish the item for resale or it may break down the item and re-purpose usable parts.

Neighbors in Need will be collecting adult and children's clothes for redistribution to families in the Greater Lawrence area.

"What we really like about Neighbors in Need is that they distribute the clothing totally free of charge," said McFayden.

Other agencies participating include the following:

Bikes Not Bombs always does great business at Zero Waste Day. The organization accepts donated bikes, refurbishes them and distributes them to children in war-torn countries.

The Central Ma. Mosquito Control Project joined the Zero Waste Day effort last year. They collect tires, both usable and unusable.

Zero Waste Day began in 2009 and has grown steadily. Last year, more than 500 cars showed up and dropped off thousands of pounds of recyclable items at the Wynn School. Volunteers from the Tewksbury Recycling Committee and Tewksbury Congregational Church make life easy for donators by assisting with car unloading and distribution.

Here is a list of acceptable donation items for Zero Waste Day:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Household Goods
  • Furniture
  • Decorative Items
  • Bikes (without rust)
  • Building Supplies
  • Books, CDs, Videotapes, DVDs
  • Baby Gear
  • Linens
  • Pet Supplies
  • Appliances
  • Tires (off rim)


Here are some items that will NOT be accepted:

  • Anything you wouldn't share with a friend
  • Anything that's broken
  • Anything with missing pieces
  • Anything with stains or rips
  • Toys
  • Bikes with rust
  • Hollow core doors
  • Anything with mold or a musty smell
  • Anything covered in pet hair
  • Exercise equipment (treadmills, etc…)
  • Sports equipment (skis, skates, etc…)
  • Recreational equipment (pool tables, basketball hoops, etc..)
  • Little Tykes outdoor/indoor play pieces
  • Hazardous Waste

For more information on Zero Waste Day, check out the new Web site at www.zwdtewksbury.org.


Karyn September 22, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Just got back from Zero Waste Day and wanted to say kudos to all the volunteers, participants and organizations who make this event happen for our community. As "first timers" my husband and I really didn't know what to expect as "line waiting" is not a favorite thing to do. We were extremely impressed at how VERY well organized and streamlined the entire process was! The people helping were friendly and well informed, and the whole "drive through" procedure from start to finish took less than half an hour and we had quite a bit of varied "stuff." WELL DONE!!! Highly recommended!
Roxane September 22, 2012 at 09:49 PM
VERY well done!
Jim Wentworth September 22, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Karyn, I completely agree and the kudos should go to Loretta Ryan, Beth McFadyen and their volunteers. I know they have spent many hours organizing, dropping signs, driving awareness and then finally executing a great day today. Loretta, Beth and your volunteers, thanks so much for highlighting the best of Tewksbury.
Comment September 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Agree! I have been saving up items waiting for this day. My favorite donation charity is the Wish Project but I can't seem to ever get there when they are open. I love how this event has people who take electronics, old tires, furniture, baby items, furniture, bikes, etc. I am already noting what I missed to donate at the next event!


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