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Don’t Be Idle — Let’s Upcycle, Jan 2022

January 8, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


You’ve asked for it and it’s coming back! Please join us for our next waste collection event where we pledge to find upcycling and recycling opportunities for each of the following items.

Help us ensure the line moves quickly. Please read and follow these instructions carefully.

  • Batteries: All types of batteries will be reused or recycled through Wireless Alliance. NOTE: Battery ENDS MUST BE SEALED with clear tape or wrap to prevent electrical discharge during shipping. No corroded batteries. No car or other large batteries. 
  • Bikes and Scooters: The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County is collecting any bikes or scooters to be refurbished & distributed to those who need one. They also accept new helmets, and other accessories like bells, baskets, bottle holders. NOTE: This collection does not include used helmets.
  • Block Styrofoam™: Packaging Styrofoam™ used to encase a fragile item can be locally upcycled into picture frames. NOTE: All Styrofoam™ must be free of tape and glue! This collection does NOT include peanuts, plates, cups, egg cartons, or take-out boxes. We cannot accept spongey lookalike foams. Ie, Styrofoam™ breaks or crumbles under force, while the lookalikes act more like a sponge that bends or compresses. Finally, since we will be increasing our inspection, you no longer need to bag your Styrofoam.
  • Cell phones and tablets: All cell phones and tablets, as well as their accessories, can be refurbished or shredded for precious metals reclamation by Wireless Alliance. Review their information regarding data securityNOTE: To allow data cleansing of Apple products, be sure to disable the Find My iPhone Activation Lock.
  • Metal lawn sign frames: Metal frames only, please. Please remove the signs. We are not aware of any recycling opportunity for the signboards.
  • Printer cartridges: Ink cartridges will be refurbished or upcycled by Wireless Alliance. All printer cartridges, including laser and inkjet, are accepted.
  • Reusable bags: Gently-used reusable shopping bags will be collected for ArmInArm clients. All reusable bags are accepted.
  • Wine corks: Synthetic or natural corks can be upcycled into art and building projects through local artists or the Cork Club program. Any cork is accepted.Learn more – check out the Cork Story video!

PLEASE NOTE: The following COVID-19 protocols will apply to this collection.

  • Limit of one person per vehicle
  • All residents must remain in their vehicle at all times with their windows closed
  • Disposal items must be placed in the trunk or back of the vehicle.
  • Items cannot be in the passenger seat
  • Containers will not be returned.


January 8, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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