Turning Trash into Cash for Westford Schools
As part of our mission to provide "green" programs to the community, the Upcycle It! program collects non-recyclables such as drink pouches, Elmer's glue containers, chip bags, granola bar wrappers, coffee bags, and more to keep them out of landfills.
We will collect these items at:
- Our weekly market (Tuesdays, 2:30-6:30 on the Town Common)
- J.V. Fletcher Library (by basement elevator)
- Roudenbush Community Center (Main Street, Westford)
- Starbucks (174 Littleton Rd., Westford)
- Schools (collecting from parents)
- Nabnasset (classrooms & cafeteria)
- Miller (classrooms & cafeteria)
- Abbott (classrooms & cafeteria)
- Schools (internal trash only)
- Stony Brook
- Westford Academy
They are then sent to Terracycle - a company that shares our sustainable mission - who pays 2 cents for each piece we collect. Sustainable Westford will be donating this money to the Westford Public Schools.
Please help the schools and the planet and reduce trash in landfills by helping us collect these items:
- Foil Drink Pouches and their straws (Capri Sun, Kool Aid, etc.)
- Elmer's Glue (bottle, stick, pen)
- Energy or Granola Bars (all brands). Pop Tart wrappers not included in this category
- Chip Bags (any chip bag small or large)
- Cookie Wrappers - ending July 24
- Candy Wrappers
- Oral Care Products (toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, denture adhesives tubes, plastic packaging)
- Writing Instruments (pens, mechanical pencils, markets, highlighters, dry erase markers, Sharpies, Crayola twistables - no wooden pencils)
NO LONGER ACCEPTED - Coffee bags, Wine and champagne corks (natural or synthetic). Click here for full list.
Click here to print our full list and preparation directions (last updated 9/26/11). Hang it in a noticeable location at home as a reminder.
Click here to read our Upcycle It! Frequently Asked Questions. Updated 9/26/11
Still have questions? Email us.
Upcycle It! In the News
Upcycle It! Totals (updated 8/12/2012):
- $6,774.66 raised for Westford schools
- 340,445 pieces equaling 3,369 lbs. of trash saved from the waste stream
See Our Past Grant Projects:
A big thanks to all businesses supporting us:
- Starbucks in Westford for collecting coffee bags: 7,107
- Hannaford's for collecting coffee bags: 2,283