SHREWSBURY, Mass. — The town's ad hoc committee, which promotes the recycling of waste materials, will be having its first event this weekend. Shrewsbury Recycles will be hosting a foam and textile recycling event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Oak Middle School parking lot.
Money earned from the event will be donated to the nonprofit Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services.
Accepted foam materials include:
- Packing blocks;
- Hot cups such as from Dunkin' Donuts, Honey Dew, and Cumberland Farms;
- Packing peanuts (must snap and must not disintegrate when in water);
- Foam egg cartons;
- Produce and meat trays with the recycle symbol in the triangle (biodegrable trays do not have a recycle symbol);
- Take-out containers;
- White insulation sheets.
All tape, paper and other material should be removed from the foam. Food and drink containers must be clean and free of food.
The following foam materials are not accepted:
- Plastic utensils;
- Bubble wrap;
- Soft foam such as pipe insulation;
- "Super 8" packing peanuts;
- Biodegradable packing peanuts;
- Foam cups infused with cardboard or paper, such as iced tea cups from McDonald's and Burger King;
- Biodegradable produce and meat trays.Cardboard Egg Cartons;
- Soft foam pads;
- Food containers with plastic film attached (some ground turkey comes in these containers);
- Blue or Pink insulation sheets, unless in full size sheets;
- Polypro that looks like Styrofoam but has No. 5 recycle symbol.
The cost of recycling foam is $1 per bag or $5 per carload. Textiles are free.
Accepted textiles include stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, shoes (even just half a pair), belts, purses, clothes and curtains, and will be sent to the Bag2School fundraising organization.
According to its mission statement, the Shrewsbury Recycling Committee was established to improve recycling and to reduce waste generation. The committee aims to promote greater awareness of waste generation’s impact on our environment.