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Hard-to-recycle items are non-traditional, recyclable materials that  you cannot recycle with your residential recycling curbside pick-up. Electronics, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, rechargeable batteries, plastic shopping bags, and polystyrene foam are classified as hard-to-recycle. A number of retailers have programs to collect and recycle them. Many local cities and towns host Hazardous Waste Day events where residents can drop off electronic wastes, batteries, CFL bulbs, etc.

Resources for hard-to-recycle items:

  • Earth911 – Find a drop-off location in your neighborhood for a variety of hard-to-recycle items
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection – Information on recycling in MA and your community
  • Plastic bags – Plastic bags and film cannot be recycled at Massasoit or through residential recycling programs. Many grocery and other retail stores accept theses items for recycling.
  • Expanded polystyrene (EPS) – Refoamit recycles #4 and #6 EPS foam into new products. Insulation Technology, a Refoamit partner, accepts EPS foam items for recycling at its West Bridgewater facility. Items should be clean and bagged and placed inside the door. Visit Refoamit for details on acceptable and unacceptable items.
  • Electronics, rechargeable batteries, & appliances – Best Buy
  • CFLs, rechargeable batteries, plastic plant materials – Lowe’s
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