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September 25, 2013

MBTA sponsors regional recycling day in Andover

Anyone wishing to rid their garages, attics or basements of unused power tools, broken kids’ toys, inefficient air conditioners or just about anything else should plan on heading to Brickstone Square on Saturday, Oct. 5.

The MBTA, as part of its environmental initiative, is sponsoring a community recycling event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the business complex off York Street. The event will take place rain or shine.

According to Keith Saxon of the Andover Recycling Committee, which is co-sponsoring the event, people can simply drive up and drop off their unwanted items for free.

There will be no charge for the disposal of any items, with the exception of TVs and computer monitors.

The event is open to residents of Andover and surrounding communities, so it is likely to be crowded.

Saxon said MBTA workers and local volunteers will be on hand to take the stuff out of peoples’ cars for them. During a similar event held recently in Ashland, workers unloaded 250 cars in two hours, he said.

“It’s stuff anyone has in their basements,” Saxon said.

Among the electronics accepted include computers, VCRs, cellphones, keyboards, printers, copiers, fax machines, modems, cabling, wire, cords, cameras, scanners, iPods, hard drives, stereos, speakers and more.

Appliances can also be brought over, including washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, microwaves and trash compactors, to name a few, as well as small appliances such as vacuums, irons, blenders, toasters, food processors, lamps and humidifiers.

Other accepted items include old textiles such as stuffed animals and comforters; metal of all kinds, such as swing sets, fencing, rebar, pots, pans and file cabinets; and all sorts of plastic and metal toys as well as children’s electronics.

Broken or unused items collecting dust in garages, such as lawn mowers, weed trimmers, tillers, chain saws and the like, are also welcome. The MBTA asks that fuel and oil be emptied from such items.

The charge for TVs is 50 cents a pound, while computer monitors are $15 each.

Not accepted will be wood, glass, hazardous materials, liquids, tires, mattresses, carpets, upholstered furniture, Styrofoam, fluorescent bulbs, toilets and household garbage.

Saxon said everything collected will be dismantled off-site for recycling, “resulting in zero landfill impact.”

He noted that to date, the events held around the state have collected more than 250,000 pounds of material.

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