Off campus resources
- Cambridge Recycling Division's Donate and Recycle
site lists local resources to recycle/reuse everything from appliances
to computers, paint, clothing, propane tanks, electronics, and more.
- Harvest Co-Op: This community-owned market has a selection
of organic offerings, recycled content paper products, and incredible
produce section which are sure to please. Editor's tip: Too
many shampoo bottles? Have your reused bottles and jars weighed at
the register and then refill them in Harvest's extensive health
and beauty bulk section. In addition, you can also drop off your cell phones, non-alkaline
batteries (not AA, AAA, AAAA, D cell) and old eyeglass at Harvest,
which they recycle through Call2Recycle and New Eyes for
- Starbucks Grounds for Your Garden program was
developed to reuse coffee grounds, the largest portion of its waste,
for use as fertilizer in gardens. Coffee grounds can be applied, along with other materials, as a side
dressing for vegetables, roses, and other plants. Coffee grounds
also make an excellent addition to your compost bin by acting as
a green material with a carbon-nitrogen (C-N) ratio of 20-1. Ask
your local Starbucks store manager for more information.
Local and state resources
- Craig's List is a free online community for sharing
resources, job listings, pets, rideshares—everything under
the sun. But we like the "For Sale" section, in which
individual items, yard sale items, and more are posted for free or
- Earth911 lists links to recycling resources in your town,
as well as local recycling events.
- Freecycle is an online community open to all who want to
reuse that special (or not so special) something rather than throw
it away. Read the guidelines before posting and remember: everything
posted must be free.
- Freecycle™ Cambridge
- Freecycle Boston
- MassDEP website's recycling page outlines Massachusetts
recycling policies and has links to other local resources.
- New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services website's
recycling page outlines New Hampshire recycling policies and has
links to other NH resources.
Share resources and goods
- Create a departmental or neighborhood area to exchange unwanted
or surplus office supplies.
- Donate unwanted household goods and clothing to a charity or non-profit
organization such as Rosie's Place, the Elizabeth
Stone House, or the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence.
- Have or attend a yard sale.
- Rent, borrow, or share large equipment, snow blowers, lawn mowers,
and other large equipment with your neighbors, coworkers, and friends.
- Contact your town's Department of Public Works to find out
if there is a community Swap Shed where residents can bring or pick
up household items. If they don't have one, request that they
set one up.
To recycle specific items
Batteries and Cell Phones
- Call2Recycle™ is a program developed by the Rechargeable
Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a non-profit dedicated to recycling
used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones. Through
this national program and with the help of local retailers and community
partners, consumers can drop off these items at convenient locations,
such as Harvest Co-Op, to be recycled in an environmental-friendly
- Staples offers a battery drop off (for rechargeable and
non-rechargeable batteries) at all stores.
- Donate your old cell phone to MassRecycle through Charitable
Recycling's cell phone recycling program. All phones, regardless
of age or condition, will be accepted. Many phones are donated to
shelters for abused adults and children so they may have 911 emergency
only communication. Charitable Recycling also provides cell phones
to medical patients who are awaiting organ transplants. Some phones
are refurbished and redeployed in areas of the world where there
are no land lines or where the cost of a new phone is prohibitive.
Phones that cannot be refurbished or donated are disposed of in an
environmentally-responsible manner. Visit MassRecycle for
drop off locations and directions.
Computers and electronics
- MassDEP's computer recycling page lists local dropoff information.
- Purchase any qualifying Apple computer or monitor and receive free
recycling of your old computer and monitor — regardless
- Visit the NRC (National Recycling Coalition's Electronics
Recycling Initiative) website for information on recycling all sorts
of electronic equipment. The site also provides links to conferences
and events around the country. The goal of the initiative is to promote
the recovery, reuse and recycling of obsolete electronic equipment,
and to encourage the design, manufacture and purchase of environmentally
responsible electronic equipment.
- Solutions At Work was created 16 years ago by a group of
homeless people to provide a voice for them and to empower participants
to break the economic chains that bind people in homelessness. Their
Get Connected! Program accepts donations of working computers, printers,
faxes, scanners and VCRs. These are refurbished with the help of
volunteers and given to people transitioning out of homelessness.
There is a drop-in computer center in the basement of Old Cambridge
Baptist Church at 1151 Massachusetts Avenue where participants can
use computers or learn new skills and programs. Solutions At Work
also distributes cars, bicycles, children's clothing and interview-appropriate
clothing for adults.
- New Eyes for the Needy is a nonprofit organization that
distributes donated eyeglasses to people in developing countries.
- Apple's iPod recycling program, conducted through
Apple's retail stores, offers environmentally friendly disposal
and a 10% discount on the purchase of a new iPod.