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[cancelled but stay tuned] Arl. Recycling Center @ DPW/Town Yard
Saturday, June 06, 2020, 09:00am - 12:00pm
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        •  cancelled but watch for updates 
        • Town Extends Minimal Staffing Plan to June 15
          Offices available only by phone, online.

          Town hall administrative offices and libraries remain closed and continue to run under the Town's Minimal Staffing Plan enacted in March until, at least, June 15th. Town officials will be working to put in protocols and procedures for both staff and the public and continue to evaluate on when to safely reopen our physical locations. Many departments and services continue to be available via phone, email, and online. Although we are checking voicemail remotely, we encourage you, whenever possible, to transact online. 
        • Monthly pop up event for specific harder-to-recycle items such as bulky rigid plastic, scrap metal, packing foam, books, electronics and textiles
        • You can BRING THESE to Recycle each month:
          • Foam- We can only accept all-white expanded polystyrene (EPS) packing foam, such as foam coolers.  It will snap when you bend it. If it doesn't snap, then we can't accept it. No food packaging such as meat trays or take-out containers. No insulation-type foam. Packing peanuts are no longer accepted, as the UPS store we partnered with to have them reused seems overwhelmed with them at this time. You are welcome to contact a UPS store directly and ask if they would like your packing peanuts.
          • Rigid Plastic- large plastic furniture, toys, barrels, bins and storage containers. Infant/toddler car seats that contain also metal cannot be accepted. Small plastic toys and household items that cannot be donated elsewhere should be placed in the trash.
          • Textiles and Clothing- (Bay State Textiles and Second Chances) clothes, sheets and towels, whether reusable or not. Unusable items get recycled into rags or insulation. Rags that have been used with paint or chemicals, or which are moldy/damp, should be placed in your curbside trash. More at Bay State Textiles which takes all textiles, and Second Chances, which takes only reusable items.
          • Books and Pre-recorded Media, such as music, movies and video games- (More Than Words Bookstore) CDs, DVDs that you purchased can be donated, personally recorded CDs /DVDs, moldy books, and encyclopedia sets should be placed in your curbside trash. Cassette tapes and VHS tapes are also trash. More at More Than Words.
          • Electronic Waste- Many items are in this category, including stereo equipment, printers, computer equipment, phones and televisions equipment. We have a $20 charge for screens and $5 for laptops, everything else is free.** Microwaves are trash and can be left at the curb as your bulky trash item for the week. Please remember that DPW accepts electronic waste whenever we're open! No appliances accepted (A/C, dishwasher, water heater) - you can dispose of these ($20 each) by calling JRM at 800-323-4285, paying over the phone, then making an appointment for them to be picked up at the curb.
          • Soft film plastics such as grocery bags, produce bags, lock-type storage bags and bubble wrap. Air pillows are okay, but please deflate them first. All of these clear or white soft plastic films are recyclable at Whole Foods and Stop & Shop in their grocery bag recycling areas at the entrances/exits. No Tyvek, crinkly plastic, cereal bags, frozen food bags, foam-like plastics, or mixed materials, such as paper and bubble wrap mailers. All of these go with your trash.
          • Scrap metal such as file cabinets, screen, pots and pans, tools, and down spouts
          • Ink and Toner Cartridges
          • Some Batteries- rechargable, button cell, lithium, nickel cadmium and lead acid batteries. NO alkaline batteries, these go in the trash.
          • Propane tanks from camping or grills- these can also be dropped off during regular DPW business hours, below
          • Fire Extinguishers, free if they are discharged and the top is removed; $5 fee for extinguishers that are full
          ** While we accept electronic waste at the recycling center, residents are reminded that electronic waste is collected at DPW during our regular business hours (Monday through Wednesday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m; Thursday 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM. The same electronic fees apply on weekdays and at the Recycling Center, TVs and CRTs are $20 each and laptop computers are $5 each.) NO large appliances (those are collected at the curb for a $20 fee and by pre-arrangement with the hauler, JRM, by calling 1-800-323-4285).
Location 51 Grove Street, Arlington, MA,