Recycling Details

Got stuff to Recycle? Save and Bring it April 28th 2018


Recycling AT the Festival on the Common:

Light Bulbs, Batteries, Printer Cartridges, CDs/DVDs, Brita Filters, and Wine Corks
At the Framingham Earth Day Festival sponsored recycling station, drop of any of the following items to be appropriately recycled:

  • Light bulbs (incandescent & CFL)
  • Batteries (rechargeable & standard)
  • Printer cartridges
  • CD/DVD discs & jewel cases
  • Brita filters
  • Wine corks

Glasses, Hearing Aids, Coats and Pennies
Come by the Framingham Lions Club booth to donate these items:

  • Eye glasses through Recycle for Sight. We will accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and plastic and metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed.
  • Hearing Aids will be donated to the Lions Club Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP), which provides affordable, refurbished hearing aids for individuals with limited financial resources.
  • Used coats for children and adults for all seasons.
  • Pennies for Pennies for Sight, a program that supports people with eye diseases through the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund.

Packing Peanuts & Packing Materials
At the Peanut Planet booth, drop off any clean, reusable packing materials free of charge. Please keep multiple bags or boxes of packing peanuts separate, if possible, which helps us when we sort the contents. For full details, please see this informative PDF.

  • We accept:
    • Packing peanuts (all colors, shapes, and materials)
    • Bubble wrap
    • Air pillows
  • We do NOT accept:
    • Large blocks of expanded polystyrene
    • Other foam products such as coolers, takeout containers, or foam cups

Used Instruments
At Amazing Things Arts Center‘s booth, donate used musical instruments that are in good working condition. Instruments will be provided to the Framingham High School’s music programs, in conjunction with a campaign launched by Avidia Bank last fall. Flutes, clarinets, alto saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and percussion instruments will be used for the band program; other instruments are also welcome and will be used in general music classes. Detailed guidelines for what is meant by in “good shape” can be found on the Amazing Things website.

Yoga Mats
At The Gentle Place‘s booth, recycle your old yoga mat and mats will be donated to a local yoga program for those in need. Yoga mats must be clean and in good condition.

Metal Toy Trucks and Cars
At Nicole Gareau’s booth, drop off old metal toy trucks and cars to be re-purposed into planters for succulents.

Plastic Easter Eggs
At the United Home Experts booth, drop off unwanted plastic easter eggs to be donated to the Framingham Parks & Recreation Department for the City’s annual egg hunt at Cushing Park!

Old Denim Apparel and T-shirts
At Stevie Leigh’s booth, drop off old denim apparel and t-shirts to be up-cycled into new garments. She also accepts garments the are torn or otherwise currently unwearable for up-cycling. Better yet, bring an old garment to the Festival that you’d like to see transformed into something new!

Old Toothbrushes, Toothpaste Tubes/Caps, and Boxes
At the Atlantis Dental booth, you can drop off old your toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes/caps and boxes to be recycled. Atlantis Dental sends these items to a recycling company, which then gives them points to redeem to send money to a local nonprofit. Atlantis Dental works with the Framingham Police Department and all contributions will go towards the Special Olympics program.

Mascara Wands
At The Gentle Place’s booth, drop off old mascara wands – please clean before donating by washing in soapy water to remove residual mascara. Appalachian Wildlife Refuge’s Wands for Wildlife program uses these to remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of wild animals! They work great because the bristles are close together, and gentle to use on the injured and orphaned wild animals receiving care.

Off site recycling the same day as the Festival

How about that old TV that you’ve been trying to sell on Craig’s list, or that computer sitting in your basement? Time to clean out space and have those products responsibly recycled! Items can be dropped off at the CRT Recycling truck in the Plymouth Church parking lot (87 Edgell Rd., across the street from the festival).  Framingham High School’s Global Student Leaders is partnering with CRT Recycling Inc. to collect electronics as a fundraiser for their club. Please note, Because this is a fundraiser for the FHS Global Student Leaders, new fees will apply – see below for pricing details.

  • We accept:
    • TVs
      • Televisions below 27″ = $25/each
      • Televisions 27″ and up = $35/each
      • Wood, Console or Projection TVs = $35/each
    • Computer monitors
      • CRT tube monitors = $25/each
      • Flat screen monitors = $15/each
    • Mixed electronics – anything with a cord! = $5 per item, or $25 for as many items as you have
      • Computers, laptops, CPU boxes, drives, keyboards, mice, printers, servers, all computer parts and accessories
      • Camera/video and audio equipment, speakers, video games and consoles
      • Fax and copy machines
      • Cell phones
      • Wires, plugs, cords
    • Household appliances = $10/each
      • Toasters, microwaves, coffee pots
      • Irons, hair dryers
      • Air conditioners
    • White goods = $35/each
      • Refrigerators, freezers, stoves, dishwashers
      • Washers, dryers
      • Water heaters
    • Any Metal items (less than 8 ft. long) = $10/each
      • Metal desks, poles, pots
      • BBQ grills (no propane tanks)

Bikes & Bike Parts, Tools, Accessories and Clothing
Swing by the Plymouth Church (87 Edgell Rd – across from the festival) to drop off your old bike to Bikes Not Bombs from 11am to 3pm. No need to inflate the tires or even dust them off! All donations are tax-deductible and tax receipts will be provided. A tax-deductible donation of $10 per bike will be collected to help pay for shipping your bike overseas to one of our partners in Africa, Central America, or the Caribbean. Where does your donated bike go? Read more about the exciting things BNB is doing with reclaimed bikes and parts.

  • We accept:
    • Bikes of all types (road, hybrid, mountain, BMX, tandem, etc.) and all sizes (adult, child, etc.)
    • Bike parts of any kind
    • Bike tools of any kind
    • Bike accessories (helmets, bags, lights, pumps, locks, etc.)
    • Cycling clothing
    • Some broken stuff (e.g. cracked frame with usable components, worn tires, tubes with holes)
  • We do NOT accept:
    • Anything that has spent significant time out in the weather (and has rust)
    • Anything motorized
    • Kick scooters, tricycles, trail-a-bikes, or exercise equipment

National Drug Take Back Day
Do you have unused or expired medications? Don’t flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash – both pose potential environmental hazards. Instead, bring them to the Police Department on April 28th from 10am-2pm. As part of National Drug Take Back Day, the Framingham Police Department in concert with the Framingham Board of Health and Medical Reserve Corps will give the public an opportunity to return expired, unused, and unwanted medicine. This event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of medication, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Pills, patches, liquids or ointments are accepted for disposal in the lobby of the Police Department headquarters, 1 William Welch Way, from 10am-2pm on April 28th. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.