Recycling Everyday Items
First, make full use of the municipal curbside recycling program.
Next, get your unwanted items into the hands of people who can use them.
Working appliances can be brought to Goodwill. Appliances that have outlived their usefulness can be brought for free to the transfer station for recycling. If you need curbside pickup of your appliance, call JRM/Republic to prepay a pickup (978-536-2500) and they will give you a date to put your item at the curb.
Clothing and Textiles
Plastic Bags & Film
(case wrap, paper towel wrap, etc.) can be recycled! Many grocery and retail stores (Shaw's, Market Basket, Target, Kohl's, Staples, Lowe's) have recycling bins for plastic grocery bags (labeled #2 or #4) and plastic film. Recycle them during your weekly shopping trip, or consider reusing them for some other household purpose. Avoid using them completely by investing in reusable bags, which are available at most grocery and retail stores or online.
BatteriesRechargeable, car and household batteries can be recycled at the . Tedford's Hardware, Best Buy and Staples will also take rechargeable batteries for recycling. Button-cell batteries (watches, hearing aids, remote car starters, etc.) may contain mercury and are collected at Town Hall at the Treasurer's office, the Department of Public Works office and the Council on Aging.
Cars & TrucksSeveral charities in Massachusetts will recycle your car and/or other vehicles, and guidelines for donating are offered by the Attorney General's office. Here are some charities that accept vehicle donations: , , , , , , . You can also check with your favorite charity to see if they have a program.
CDs, DVDs and Video GamesUnwanted but still-good CDs, video games and DVDs can be donated in the collection box at the transfer station.
Computers & ElectronicsAt special collection events in May and , Ipswich organizations offer electronics recycling for a small fee. For curbside pickup, call JRM at 978-536-2500 to schedule and prepay a pickup ($25). accepts some (no TVs) that are in working order at their donation sites. Staples and Best Buy will recycle electronics for free and monitors and computers for a fee even if they were not purchased there. Call before you go.
EyeglassesThe Ipswich Lions Club collects eyeglasses at the Council on Aging (Town Hall) and in their mailbox in the parking lot of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church at One Pineswamp Road. The mailbox for eyeglasses is clearly marked and located in the back right corner of the lot, next to the clothing bins.
Ink CartridgesCartridges can be dropped off at Staples and Best Buy.
Sneakers/Athletic ShoesItems that can still be worn may be put in the collection bin at any Ipswich school. But worn-out athletic shoes can be recycled! Nike collects all brands of worn-out athletic footwear (no cleats or dress shoes) in their Reuse-A-Shoe Program at Nike and Converse locations. (Nike stores with collection bins are located in Somerville, MA; Kittery, ME; and Merrimack and Tilton, NH. Converse stores are in Somerville at Assembly Row and in Merrimack, NH.).
If you have baseball mitts and bats, volleyballs, basketballs, ski equipment, snowboards, weights, etc., consider donating them. accepts these items. , a donation program of the US Soccer Federation, accepts soccer cleats, balls, shin guards, pads, nets, shirts or shorts, etc.
Wire hangers in good condition can be returned to the dry cleaner for reuse. Wire hangers are also accepted in the metal dumpster at the transfer station.