Saturday, Nov. 16, is Community Collection Day at the Arlington DPW Yard, 51 Grove St. (enter Grove from Mass Ave).
The semiannual drop-off event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Residents can drop off a variety of home items to be donated, recycled or disposed of safely.
Medications and Sharps
The Arlington Board of Health will collect used syringes in designated RED sharps disposal containers only. This is a change from previous collections. RED sharps containers can be purchased at Maida Pharmacy at 121 Mass. Ave. for $4.89 each.
Unused and unwanted medications are collected 24 hours a day 7 days a week at the Community Safety Building, 112 Mystic St.
We collect thermostats, button cell batteries, and thermometers. These are also collected at DPW during regular business hours. NO florescent bulbs accepted. Please take these to the local hardware stores for collection.
NO Hazardous Waste is Collected in Arlington at Any Time
Household hazardous waste collection is collected eight times a year in Lexington at the Minuteman Hazardous Waste Facility. The fall collection dates are Oct. 19 and Nov. 9.
Books, Clothing and Toys
Clean gently used children’s clothing, books, and working toys will be collected for the Little Fox Shop to benefit the Fox Library. Other books, DVDs, and CDs are collected by the Stratton School PTO. Please no encyclopedias at this event. Clean high-quality women’s clothes and shoes are collected for the Fashion at the Fox Women’s Clothing Sale to benefit the Friends of the Fox Library and the Arlington Education Foundation, which provides grants to support innovative programs in the Arlington Public Schools.
Donate your adult bicycle to Bikes Not Bombs. Bikes are repaired and shipped overseas. A $10 contribution is requested to offset cost of shipping. Badly rusted bikes will not be accepted, but they can be left as scrap metal.
Electronics and CRTs
CRTs such as TVs, computer monitors ($10 per item) and laptops ($5 per item) are charged because the materials they are composed of require special handling. Curbside pick of large TVs is available this day for $20 with purchase of a sticker from DPW by Thursday, Nov. 14.
Electronics such as cameras, pagers, phones, toasters, printers (ink cartridges removed) and CPU towers are collected free of charge. NO large appliances (white goods) accepted at this event - these are collected for $20 each item by calling JRM at 1-800-323-4285. Microwaves are ONLY collected as recycling on Community Collection Days. Other times of the year these are considered bulky trash and can be left at the curb. Note that electronics are collected at DPW during regular business hours year-round. Visit www.arlingtonma.gov/recycle for more information.
Residents can bring confidential papers for shredding. The service is free; paper will be collected in a secure lock truck for shredding off site by the NAID certified secure shredding company Doc Shredding. In lieu of a fee for this service, Public Works is accepting cash donations for the Arlington Heating Assistance Program. Businesses pay $5 per box for shredding.
Bottles and Cans
Returnable bottles and cans will be collected by Arlington High School SAVE environmental club members who will use the proceeds in their efforts to increase recycling and/or donate to charity.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam, sometimes referred to as Styrofoam™ will be collected for recycling. Food packaging, hot beverage foam cups, and foam packing blocks are accepted (all colors). Please rinse free of food particles. NO packing peanuts accepted. For more information, visit ReFoamIt.com.
Pipes, metal shelves and desks, file cabinets (NO large appliances), and propane tanks (up to 20 lbs) are collected for recycling, free of charge.
All rechargeable batteries except car batteries accepted. Alkaline batteries can be placed in regular trash.
All clothing, bedding, and shoes are recyclable. Overwhelming amounts were collected in May, so we request that you please bring your textiles for recycling directly to the collection boxes around town. There you can drop off old sheets and towels, socks, cleaning rags and shoes in addition to old clothes. A map of these locations can be found here.
This story was published Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, and updated Nov. 8.