Just a quick reminder that our neighbors in need could most certainly benefit from your generosity at this very difficult time of year. With the recent addition of the town-wide "pink bag" recycling initiative and the increased popularity of Savers fundraising events, gently used clothing is being deferred to profit centers rather than to our local underserved population. If you wish to share your gently used clothing and housewares with a non-profit organization in the Merrimack Valley, please visit the SHARE YOUR STUFF page on our website, or print yourself a copy of this USED BUT USABLE handout. Page 2 (including contact info) is in the comments field. Thank you! www.zwdtewksbury.org
We're celebrating Zero Waste in a unique way by recognizing the fine gents at Forever Green Lawn & Landscape. In the winter months, when green lawns are covered by white snow, the staff kindly volunteers to use their extra hours assisting Project Home Again of Lawrence with heavy furniture donation pick-ups from donors in Andover, Tewksbury and other nearby communities. Got a couch to donate? Or a kitchen table and chairs? Or a bureau? Email PHA at firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of your furniture and perhaps you'll be lucky enough to meet the Forever Green Team. And, in the meantime, if you need some help with plowing, call Forever Green at 978-475-0003 and give these good guys some business.
Today is a day to be THANKFUL for all of the blessings in our lives. In the coming weeks (or even as your New Year resolution), if you find yourself wishing to simplify or purge, please keep in mind some of the fabulous local organizations that would be delighted to "Share Your Stuff" with our neighbors in need.Tis' the season of kindness and giving. Pass it on!
(The link below lists lots of donation categories and their respective local non-profits. It's available 24/7 on www.zwdtewksbury.org... your recycling and donation resource!)
Check out this FABULOUS opportunity to donate used dance, gymnastics or cheer gear (including shoes) to an amazing dance program that serves the community of Lawrence. Contact Meghan at email@example.com to arrange for collection. She will graciously accept anything that would suit a K-12 student. How awesome is it that there are people like Meghan in the world! Please share with local dance studios and instructors. We sense a Zero Waste partnership in the making!
It's that time of year again! If you are looking to "recycle" your uncarved, undecorated pumpkins, the pigs at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm on Rt. 28 in Methuen (not far from the Salem, NH line) would be delighted to eat them. For the health and well being of the animals, the pumpkins MUST be in their whole and natural state and should not be starting to rot. Drop them off at the pig barn on the left side of the driveway as you approach the main building. (Please do not feed the pigs on your own.) And, if you happen to fall in love with one of the 10 resident pigs (Owen, Buster, Marshmallow, Moonpie, Marilyn, Snickers, Skittles, Wilbur, Pete or Charlie), please note that pig adoption fees have been WAIVED thru November 30th!
Check out this FREE local recycling event! Whole Foods in Andover (40 Railroad Street) is celebrating America Recycles Day TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 15th, with a collection of clothing, household goods, batteries, bulbs, books/cds/dvds, winter coats, and printer cartridges in their parking lot from 1-6pm. Our friends at Project Home Again will be on site to collect small household goods (kitchenware, linens, metal bed frames, lamps and small appliances). Please note that, although they are offering FREE electronics recycling, this DOES NOT INCLUDE TVs or MONITORS.
Let's start a list of all of the local organizations and businesses that are collecting leftover Halloween candy for a good cause. Please add the (1) name of org, (2) beneficiary, and (3) drop-off details in the comments section below. We'll start...
Tewksbury Congregational Church continues its longstanding tradition of assebling treat bags to distribute to folks served by the Lowell Transitional Living Center, Inc. (formerly known as Middlesex Shelter). Drop-off at side entrance of TCC (10 East Street, across from Town Common) by 11am tomorrow (Sunday, 11/5), as the TCC youth will be sorting and creating the bags after Sunday morning worship. www.tewksburycc.org
FINAL CALL FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE! This Saturday, November, 4th, from 9am-2pm in Lexington is your LAST CHANCE to locally recycle household hazardous waste until April 2018. For a complete listing of items that can be responsibly recycled at this site (including cleaners, chemicals, paints, fuels, mercury containing devices, etc...) please launch the link below. As a reminder, the Minuteman Facility is open just one day each month from April thru November.
Just two more household hazardous waste collection dates remain for 2017, and one is TOMORROW... Saturday, October 14th, from 9am-2pm at 201 Bedford Street in Lexington. If you have chemicals, paints, oils or other hazardous items, please dispose of them responsibly through this fee-based service for Tewksbury residents. Visit the link for full details. Final 2017 collection date is November 4th, and then they close until April.
We have just learned about this great Lowell-based HIGH IMPACT YOUTH ORGANIZATION that provides bulk, environmentally friendly MATTRESS RECYCLING. If you become aware of a university, hotel, residential complex, hospital, or senior living center that is looking to dispose of lots of mattresses, please consider referring them to UTEC at https://www.utec-lowell.org/. (This is a fee-based service.... not a free service.)
Thanks for the shout out, Lowell Humane Society. Girl Scout Troop 60803 totally ROCKS. And our donors with dogs are surely enjoying the homemade biscuit that was baked by The Barkery and included in each of the ZWD tote bags that we shared with our first 500 donors. It was a fabulous day for everyone. Wishing you an equally successful fundraiser on October 8th!
Shout out to Zero Waste Day, Tewksbury and Girl Scout Troop 60803 for collecting pet items for us yesterday during their Zero Waste Day event! And huge thanks t...o The Barkery for sponsoring us for Zero Waste Day with a monetary donation! We're so lucky to be part of such an amazing community! If you missed Zero Waste Day, you can donate/recycle your household goods and clothing at our Savers Donation Drive & Yard Sale on Sunday, October 8th. Just bring your items to us on that day!
Some sweet words from our friends at Project Home Again! (And just a reminder to local folks that PHA has this beautiful truck and can do pick-ups of small furniture items in Tewksbury and Andover. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org with pictures of your items for more info.)
We had a blast yesterday at Zero Waste Day, Tewksbury! We left with two SUVS, 3 sedans, and one truck filled with dishes, small appliances, linen, and furnitur...e. Thank you to ZWD for inviting us once more, to our donors who gave generously, and to our phenomenal volunteers who gave their time at ZWD and at PHA (some who have never even volunteered before)! We're looking forward to next September 🏡 ♻️
It was a record breaking year at Zero Waste Day! Thank you to the 550+ drive thru donors and recyclers who participated today, and special thanks to all of our volunteers and participating organizations. Until next year...