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April 21, 2014

Zero Waste Day returns May 3

ANDOVER — Time to check that nagging chore off the to-do list: Clean the garage/basement/shed and get rid of the old tires, unused appliances, plastic toys the kids haven’t played with since the last century and all the other assorted stuff that has accumulated over the years, but which may look better in someone else’s house — or ground up and reincarnated as something else.

Fortunately, the Andover Recycling Committee can help with that. It will host its 10th annual Zero Waste Day on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brickstone Square, during which volunteers will happily haul the flotsam and jetsam of your house from your car and place it into assorted bins, crates or Dumpsters for later sale or reuse.

“It’s spring cleaning made simple,” the committee’s flier reads. “The area’s major donation/reuse and recycling event benefits both the community and the planet.”

Indeed.

According to Keith Saxon, recycling committee chairman, next month’s event, open to both residents and non-residents, has the potential of being the biggest such event ever held in Andover.

Last year, the committee held a drop-off day for recycling only and had a turnout of 480 cars. The group also co-sponsored another event with the MBTA to collect assorted items, and nearly 800 cars showed up.

This year, the event has expanded to include recyclables as well as reusables such as clothing, textiles, toys and more, Saxon said. Because the event is being held in conjunction with nearly a dozen area charities, he expects a number of people to come out just to show support for those organizations.

“With this event, we are changing the layout, so you still come in and drop, but we will have the reuse-charities on one side and recycling on other,” Saxon said. “We should do at least what we did at the MBTA event.”

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