Reduce and Reuse

Source reduction is the first step in eliminating waste.

Junk Mail - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection provides guidance for stopping junk mail and email, click to learn about what steps you can take: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/data-privacy-and-security/privacy/junk-mail/stopping-junk-mail.html.  

Telemarketing Calls - The Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls.  Click for more information: https://www.donotcall.gov/

Reducing and Reusing go hand-in-hand and the RDF has 3 areas dedicated to Reuse.  

The Reusables Area (Take-it-or-Leave-It) is a swap area run by the Friends of Recycling Volunteers (FOR), a community based non-profit organization made up of Wellesley residents dedicated to helping the Town’s recycling program, and is open April through November.  You can take and donate most household items that are in working order or easily repairable.  In order to ensure that all residents have an opportunity to shop, please limit your visits to 30 minutes per day. Unfortunately, we can’t take everything so click here for a list of unacceptable items. 

Volunteers are needed so if you are interested, please email dpw@wellesleyma.gov.  Watch Wellesley Public Media’s video of the area:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhLOHGydhUM.

The Book Exchange is available for donating and taking books in good condition.  

The Health Care drop-off area is available for donating and taking crutches, canes, wheel chairs and other medical equipment.

We also encourage you to seek out reuse opportunities outside of the facility. Freecycle, Craigslist, Facebook, Nextdoor and other on-line services can be a great way of exchanging items. The Federal Trade Commission provides guidance for consumers on how to protect your personal information; go to their web page at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/privacy-identity-online-security.