Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

One aspect of sustainable living is being responsible in managing our “stuff.” It starts with giving careful thought to our purchases: Is this something I really need? What will happen to it after its useful life? Can I find another purpose for it when that day comes? Can I recycle it?

Inevitably though, at one time or another we are all left with things we no longer need or want. Or, things break and cannot be repaired, or are repairable only at a cost greater than the cost to replace it. What to do?

For things that are broken, consider participating in a “Repair Café,” such as the one coming to Bolton in September. (See information on home page.)

Check out the Bolton DPW website to find out what things can be recycled at the town’s Transfer Station

Bolton-Harvard-Recycle  - (Formerly Bolton-Harvard Freecycle).  The Bolton-Harvard Freecycle group is open to all locals who want to "recycle" that special something rather than throw it away. Whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano or an old door, feel free to post it. Or maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself! Nonprofit groups are welcome to participate too!   One main rule: everything posted must be free.  It is easy to join, so do it now!are some r places that can help you reuse and recycle:

Books for Literacy - Bolton woman collects books for a local school
I collect gently-used children’s books for a literacy program in the Fitchburg Public Schools. I am looking for fun, entertaining books that are appropriate for children in pre-school to 8th grade. I can’t accept textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, or titles for older readers. I have a drop box in my driveway at 64 Green Road in Bolton; if someone is unable to deliver a large number of books, I will pick them up. I can be reached at 978-779-0770 or  - Erin Vassington 

Wheat Community Services (Main Office & Food Pantry) - 500 Main Street, Suite 203 Clinton, MA 01510 (978) 365-6349,
Accepts good used furniture, clothing, working household items, computers and other electronics in good working order. Pickup for a large items is availalble by appointment. Contact the Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop directly at (978) 365-3085. For nonperishable food & personal hygiene items contact the Food Pantry at (978) 365- 6349 Ext 14.

Clinton Hospital Guild Thrift - 37 High St. Clinton, MA 01510  978-365-3832

Household Goods of Massachusetts - Helping People Make a Home
Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM) is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Acton, MA that provides household goods, free of charge, to people in need. We accept donations of gently used household items that will help people make a home. Our 250 volunteers receive, sort and distribute items to individuals and families from over 40 communities in eastern Massachusetts. As an organization staffed by volunteers, we depend on the generosity of community members for goods, time and financial support. Please consider supporting us so that we can continue to achieve our mission.

The Lowell Wish Project - From your attic to a needy home, one wish at a time
Providing $1million in value of free furniture, home, clothing and baby goods so that  27,000 needy people per year are better housed in the Merrimack Valley, MA. Every $1 donated is leveraged into $4 in value of free goods given and 2/3 are children. And every couch and lamp recycled means one less in the landfill.  
Earth - Find Local Recycling Centers
Earth911 is an environmental services company that addresses solutions for products' end-of-life for both businesses and consumers.
Consignments Shops 
Consignment shops are a great way to get rid of stuff you no longer want and put a little change in your pocket.  Check out this link for consignments shops in our area.   The Salvation Army and Clinton Hospital Guild are actually Thrift shops where you donate your goods for resale.  Keep track of what you donate and get a receipt for a tax deduction at the end of the year. 
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