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Sustainability Clean-Out Guidelines

Sustainability Clean-Out Guidelines
Posted on 06/21/2016
I. PLACE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN RECYCLING BLUE BINS / TOTERS 
(*all blue toters are SingleStream Recycling, which means paper, cardboard, containers and large rigid plastics go together*)

PAPER & CARDBOARD, including NOTEBOOKS & UN-USABLE BOOKS: Please make every effort to recycle all that PAPER!! Notebooks, file folders, construction paper, magazines, workbooks, white and colored paper, index cards, paper posters, and pocket folders can all be recycled. Even soft and hardcover books that aren't good for reuse can be recycled. Rip off hard covers. No need to remove paper clips, staples, or spiral binding. Paper items (and office supplies) that can be REUSED should go to a reuse closet / collection area. (Please note, old binders cannot go in the recycling.)

CONTAINERS: Place empty bottles and cans in the blue bins & toters.

RIGID PLASTICS: Large rigid plastics, like buckets, toys, baskets and storage containers can go in your recycling toters.

Here’s the full list of what can be recycled >> 

II. ELECTRONICS - COMPUTER EQUIPMENT & PRINTER CARTRIDGES 
Give extra computer equipment and related items to your school's tech liaison, or call Kristen. Examples include: scanners, power adapters, speakers, keyboards, mice, cords, printer cartridges, etc.

III. APPLIANCES & OTHER ELECTRONICS
Give anything with a plug that's not MIS-distributed to your school's senior custodian. Examples include: microwave, toaster oven, CD player, etc.

IV. Computer Floppy Disks and VHS Tapes
If these contain student record information, student work or images of students, you should work with your school principal/head of upper school and school ICTS technician to ensure either storage and/or destruction methods are implemented, as appropriate. Otherwise, sorry, these go in the trash.

V. FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS & NON-ALKALINE BATTERIES
Give to your school's senior custodian. Some printer cartridges can be returned to the manufacturer or taken back by W.B. Mason.

VI. CLOTHING & REUSABLE SCHOOL SUPPLIES 
Items that can be REUSED, including binders, pens, pencils, art supplies, clothes, books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and records should be collected separately to be kept out of the trash and given a new life. Place collection boxes around your school and have items donated (some orgs will pick-up donations). Be sure to work with the senior custodian or sustainability manager on this. You may already have a collection area in your school for reusable items.
DONATION DROP-OFF SPOTS: There are many donation places in the area, including:
Big Brother Big Sister Foundation - will pickup donations - Accept: appliances (small), bedding, draperies, books, toys, clothing, electronics, household goods and more.  
–Goodwill - 520 Mass. Ave., Central Square / 230 Elm St., Davis Square - Accept: small appliances, artwork, bedding, curtains, books, electronics, decorative pillows, bicycles, music, DVDs, jewelry, clothing, clean rags, accessories, kitchenware, household goods, sporting goods, antiques.
More donation locations can be found here, including donation boxes (marked by blue pins) like the ones at Tobin, G&P, KLo, Baldwin and Peabody that accept clean textiles of all kinds and books.  

VII. SCRAP METAL
Custodians collect large metal items such as tables, chairs, desks and cabinets for recycling. Pickup is scheduled with DPW.