Reuse, Repair, or Repurpose - Items that can't go in the bin

Find out where to recycle, reuse, or repurpose these items in Massachusetts. To do a search - enter the material(s) you want to recycle in the search box of MassDEP's "Beyond the Bin Directory", here: BeyondtheBin.com

Please also check out our Donations page

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BICYCLES

Watch City Bike Lab Open Lab - Don't Toss it - Fix It! The Watch City Bike Lab is a free learn-and-do-it-yourself bicycle workshop located in downtown Waltham right on the boardwalk outside the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. In bad weather, they are just inside the Museum's entrance. The Bike Lab helps people learn to work on their own bikes to help promote bicycling for all types of riders and to encourage people to maintain their bikes for safety and personal empowerment. The Bike Lab is not a bicycle shop (no sales and no drop-off repairs), and does not have a large inventory of parts. Rather, the Bike Lab provides free access to repair stands and many standard and specialized bicycle repair tools and is staffed by volunteers who show people how to work on their bikes. 

At this time the Bike Lab is unable to accept bicycles for re-use. They may be able to accept a limited number of used parts; please contact them in advance to discuss. 

The Watch City Bike Lab is open during Museum hours on Sundays from June through October. See their website for specific hours and special programming.  

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APPLIANCES

American Appliance, 314 River Street, Waltham, MA, 781-893-8296, americanapplianceservices.com - services all large household appliances, ie. Washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, and microwaves. They also sell refurbished appliances, ie. Washers, dryers, refrigerators and stoves. 

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NEXTDOOR

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It's the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it's free. Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home. This site also provides a forum to buy, sell, or repair used items.

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ELECTRONICS

Plug-n-play PC: 461A Main St, Waltham Massachusetts | 781-647-0029 | Monday – Friday 10:30am–5pm, Sat & Sun Closed | http://www.plug-n-playpc.com/
Plug-n-Play is a computer repair facility in Waltham MA, that handles repairs on computers, software, and virus damages. They update old versions of computer software, and fix damages like broken screens.

Audio Pro Service and Sales: 779 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472 | Phone: (617) 926-8020, Fax: (617) 926-8707, Email: sales@audioproz.com | Monday 12:00 – 7:00pm, Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday - Friday 12:00 – 7:00pm, Saturday 11:00am – 3:00pm, closed on Sundays | http://www.audioproz.com/AP.php

Audio Proz is a Hi-Fi and pro audio business. They repair and restore old and used devices and service a wide range of products, from stereo equipment to reel and disk recorders. Audio Proz is an expert for all sound and CD/DVD equipment.

Collins Office Systems, INC: 1193b Mass Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 | Phone: 781-648-1323, Fax: 781-648-1628 | collinsofficesystems@gmail.comhttp://collinsofficesystems.net/index.html |Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, Closed Saturdays in June, July and August | Please call to confirm your visit prior to dropping off or picking up your equipment 

Collins Office Systems repairs, sells and maintains computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, shredders, scanners and more. They service most makes and models of business machines, you can bring your business machines in to our service and sales center at 1193b Massachusetts Avenue, or they will go on-site to your loc0al Boston area location.

MiPhone Doctor: Located on 212 Sumner Street, Newton Center, MA 02459. They specialize in same-day iPhone repair, with the following services: Front screen & LCD, Camera, Home Button, Earpiece, and Charging Port repair, iPod, iPad, and iPad mini screen repair, Battery replacement, Water damage.
For a list of prices, visit: https://newtoniphonerepair.com/repair-services/. Walk-ins are welcome. They offer same-day service, and often, repairs can be completed within the same hour. MiPhone Doctor also offers mail-in repair services. Packages must be shipped to:

MiPhone Doctor of Boston
212 Sumner Street, Shop 5
Newton Center, MA 02459

include email, phone number, return address, and a note describing the repair service requested. For more information on mail-in services, visit: https://newtoniphonerepair.com/repair-services/

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BUILDING MATERIALS (SINKS)

Boston Building Resources: Do you have a light fixture, a sink that’s like new, or window blinds in good condition that you want to throw in the trash container? Don’t. Donate them to Boston Building Resources and give your items a second chance!

You can drop off your donations at their location on 100 Terrace Street in Boston Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00, or Saturday, 9:00-2:30.

Call in advance to make sure they take your item(s) at 617-442-2262, and fill out the Donation Offer Form. For large items like appliances, they BBR picks them up for a small fee.

For more information, go to their website under: http://www.bostonbuildingresources.com

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FIX IT CLINICS

"Education, Entertainment, empowerment, elucidation, and, ultimately, enlightenment through guided disassembly of your broken stuff." This is a quote taken from Fixit Clinic. Essentially, Fixit Clinics teach people how to repair items instead of throwing them out.

One movement is aiming to take the mystery away from fixing broken items such as electronics and other items, and get us back into the habit of fixing those things ourselves. An MIT graduate started Fixit Clinics eight years ago, and now the workshops are held all across the country to teach people how to do self-repairs.

At one of the latest clinics, a toaster, a tripod and a kettle were all broken and in need of some TLC, and they were all in the right place. Peter Mui started the clinics in 2009 to help people learn to help themselves and help the environment. “This is fix it clinic No. 207 we’ve had a bunch of Fixit Clinics all throughout the U.S.,” Mui said. “I’m going to say 52 tons of e-waste diverted from landfills — not even just diverted, not recycled, actually — returned to service for their originally intended use. There’s a sense that they don’t have a choice when something breaks, there’s no repair people left anymore to fix this stuff.”

Some upcoming Fixit Clinics scheduled for Massachusetts:

September 23rd, 2017 - Jamaica Plain Branch, Boston Public Library

October 7th, 2017 - Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch

November 4th, 2017 - Allston Branch, Boston Public Library, (tentative)

Volunteer Fixit Coaches are needed for all these events: You can sign up here. And please spread the word about Fixit Clinic community repair educational workshops: the goal is to have regular Fixit Clinics circulating through multiple locations in Massachusetts; to do that we’re going to need a healthy complement of volunteer Fixit Coaches, so please invite your fixing-friendly friends!