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Avoiding that sinking feeling ...

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 9, 2007 10:23 AM

They're recycling everything these days, including the kitchen sink.
(Globe staff photo by Suzanne Kreiter)


One of the nationís most significant sources of solid waste comes from construction, weighing in at 136 million tons of debris per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

But debris isn't necessarily the right word for much of what gets thrown away -- perfectly good sinks or vanities or light fixtures that just aren't a homeowner's or decorator's cup of tea get put into the waste stream too.

But on Newton Serves Day, residents will be given their opportunity to reduce such waste by bringing high-quality reusable materials to the Swap & Trade event on Sunday, April 29. Residents will be encouraged to bring items such as vanities, unused ceramic tile, light fixtures, appliances less than five years old, flooring, and other materials to the Rumford Avenue Depot in Auburndale.

Usable items will then be made available to low- and moderate-income homeowners at affordable prices by the Boston-based Building Materials Resource Center, a non-profit group. For larger items that canít be brought to the Swap & Trade event, such as a kitchen cabinet set, Resource Center staffers can arrange for a pickup for a $25 fee.

Donation guidelines are available by visiting the center online, and you can make a donation offer online. Anyone interested can obtain additional information by calling 617-442-8917 or by stopping by the centerís truck at the Swap & Trade event, which will run from 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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