MassToss Home
About MassToss
Community-specific Info
Free Stuff
Hazardous Waste Collection
Reduce, Reuse & Buy Recycled
Contact Us
Download Free Acrobat Reader
Related Links

Website created by Maame and Tessa

Reduce, Reuse, & Buy Recycled

Reduce  ·   Reuse   ·   Buy Recycled


  • Buy in bulk: Large "family size" containers require less packaging per pound than small "single serving" packages. In addition to conserving resources, buying in bulk will also generally save you money!

  • Look for items with little or no packaging: Many items come in a variety of packaging styles. Choose unpackaged items and concentrates whenever possible.

  • Buy durable products: You may spend a little more to purchase good quality products, but you won't need to replace them as often.


  • Buy reusable products: Disposable products generate more waste than reusable products. Disposables often cost more in the long run! Look for reusable cameras, razors, lunch bags, cloth diapers, cloth napkins and towels, rechargable batteries, and returnable beverage bottles.

  • Reuse containers: Rinsed out glass and plastic containers make great storage containers for leftovers, hardware, etc.

  • Reuse bags: Whether cloth, plastic, or paper, reuse grocery bags when you shop. Try keeping a stash in your car so you will always be prepared. Also try reusing produce bags.

  • Donate reusable household items: Reuse can mean reusing materials such as containers and bags for another purpose. It can also mean donating usable goods such as clothing, furniture, and other household items. Many non-profit organizations, such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Loaves and
    Fishes, have been accepting household items and clothing for years. This helps us to reduce the amount of trash thrown out and conserves disposal space. There are many local charitable organizations in our area that help people going through a transition. If you have something that is still usable, you may be able to help someone in this area by calling one of the organizations listed below and asking if they can match you up with someone that may need the item. Please consider if the item is in good enough shape to be reused. Junk and broken items do not qualify for donations.

  • Sylvia's Haven, Devens: 978-772-0925

  • Household Goods Recycling Ministry, Acton [furniture or appliances]: 978-635-1763 or

  • Loaves & Fishes, Devens: 978-772-4627 or

  • Salvation Army, Worcester: 800-958-7825

  • Community Crusade for Children, “Kiducation”: 978-248-9813

  • Brick House: 413-863-9576

  • Silver Street Inn: 413-774-7234

  • Survival Center: 413-863-9549

  • Greenfield Family Inn: 413-774-6382

  • Athol/Orange Family Inn: 978-544-8245

  • Salvation Army Thrift Store: (413) 773-3649  

  • Give away or seek reusable household items: A new way to recycle (and find what you’re looking for)! Come join this internet group, which facilitates the free exchange of items between people in the Groton area. Give away the things you don’t want, and request the things that you are looking for. Click here for GrotonFreeStuff.

  • Donate and purchase reusable building materials: The reuse of construction and home improvement materials is an excellent way to keep good quality, usable items from being disposed in a landfill or incinerator. It also helps to conserve our natural resources by reducing the amount of building products being produced from raw materials. Construction and demolition materials such as doors, windows, cabinets, and plumbing fixtures are great candidates for reuse.

If you are remodeling your home, you can donate a wide variety of items to a local construction materials reuse center located in Springfield, MA. The ReStore Home Improvement Center is operated by the Center for Ecological Technology (CET), a non-profit organization serving the community since 1976. The Restore helps manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, contractors, and homeowners find alternatives to throwing out quality, surplus, and used construction materials. All donations are tax-deductible, help to reduce your disposal costs, and help others find quality materials at affordable prices. This helps the local community, our economy, and the environment.

The ReStore is located at 250 Albany Street Rear, Springfield, MA. Visit their website at for directions and information on donating or purchasing materials.

Buy recycled

  • Buy products or packages made from recycled materials: Many recycled paper products are currently on the market, including toilet tissue, paper towels, and writing paper. Some products are packaged in containers made with recycled content. Read product labels! Purchasing recycled content products helps support the recycling industry by providing a demand for the materials we place in our recycling bins.

  • Buy recyclable packaging: Many products are offered in a variety of packaging styles. Packaging made from multiple materials are not recyclable. Whenever possible, choose packaging made from a single type of material that is accepted for recycling.

For more information about materials recycled in your community, click here
or visit or call 1-800-clean-up.

* Thank you to Franklin County Solid Waste Management District for allowing us to use their information.

Back to the top of this page.