Third Annual Recycling & Sustainability Event June 29

Media Contact: Haley Tobin, haley.tobin@MAHouse.Gov

State Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian has rescheduled her 3rd annual Recycling & Sustainability Day for Wakefield residents for Saturday, June 29, 9AM to 11AM, at Wakefield Memorial High School (60 Farm Street). In partnership with the Wakefield Department of Public Works, Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department, and organizations local to the Town and across the Commonwealth, this one-day event is a unique hub that allows Wakefield residents to consciously clear clutter while making a difference and learning how to further their sustainability initiatives.

At the event, Wakefield residents can learn about existing programs and new Community Solar options with Wakefield Gas & Light, which also will collect and dispose dehumidifiers free of charge. Attendees also can consider sustainable practices with organizations like Black Earth Composting and engage with a variety of local groups including the Wakefield Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC). The ESC will enable residents to recycle plastic pet packaging and batteries and further will be collecting used sports equipment for August 3 sports swap. The event also will feature a paper shredding truck.

With no fee per car, residents can upcycle up to two pieces of gently used furniture (with right to refuse poor quality items) with Habitat for Humanity; recycle outdated electronics with peace of mind for proper data erasing with Green Team Junk Removal; and recycle clothing and housewares. Fees will be charged for items including TVs ($20), monitors ($20), window ACs ($10), mattresses ($45), box springs ($45), and car tires ($12). Residents also can recycle Styrofoam ($10 per large bag). Cash, card, and checks made payable to “Green Team Junk Removal” will be accepted. Questions can be directed to greenteamjunk@gmail.com or (508) 361-0519.

“With a storms in early April making it necessary for us to reschedule this event, I am looking forward to again supporting and expanding civic engagement for climate action individually and collectivity while highlighting climate leadership from the grassroots to the State House,” said Representative Lipper-Garabedian, a member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy and the Zero Waste Caucus.

Please follow Representative Lipper-Garabedian’s social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube at @KateforRep and consult her email newsletters for information regarding the event.

The Environmental Sustainability will be collecting:

Sports equipment:

  • Cleats (pairs only, must have laces and inserts)
  • Turf Shoes (pairs only, must have laces and inserts)
  • Shin Guards (pairs only)
  • Sports Balls: Soccer Balls, Basketballs, Footballs, Volleyball (regular sized, not mini sized)
  • Lacrosse Balls, Baseballs, Softballs
  • Frisbees
  • Baseball/Lacrosse Gloves (pairs only)
  • Baseball/Softball Bats
  • Baseball/Softball Mitts
  • Tennis Racquets & Pickle Ball Racquets
  • Lacrosse Sticks 
  • Swim Goggles
  • Roller Skates, Roller Blades, Ice Skates
  • Hockey Skates
  • Hockey Sticks
  • Hockey Pucks
  • Boogie Boards
  • Razor Scooters

Helmets, pads, all sports clothing, ski equipment, hunting/archery gear, bicycles/tricycles, golf equipment, equipment bags, sneakers, dance leotards/outfits, dance shoes (tap or ballet), and old tennis balls cannot be collected.

Batteries

  • Alkaline, Zinc Carbon, Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Lithium-Ion, Lithium Primary, Mercury Batteries, Silver Oxide, Button Cells, Lead Acid – Non-Spillable
  • Small Electronics (cellphones, tablets, wireless headphones and earbuds, smart watches, activity trackers, power tools, etc.)

Pet-related flexible multi layered packaging:
Any brand and size of pouch, bag, box, or container used for packaging pet food, treats, and vitamins. 

For information about these special collections, contact the Environmental Sustainability Committee at ESC@wakefield.ma.us