Solid Waste in New England
Reuse in New England: Donation Programs - Surplus Inventory for Arts & Education
Businesses often generate off-specification products, end runs and other materials that are traditionally disposed of as waste. The following organizations work to utilize these types of materials in the arts and education. We encourage you to look into community programs, such as schools and daycare centers, that may also take donations.
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Christine Beling (email@example.com)
EPA New England (SPP)
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OES04-1
Boston, MA 02109-3912
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Educational Assistance, Ltd.
Address: PO Box 3021, Glen Ellyn, IL 60138
Description: This organization makes corporate equipment donations available to approximately 170 colleges and universities. The schools accept the material, and agree to award a tuition scholarship in the corporation's name.
Investment Recovery Association
Address: 5800 Foxridge Drive, Suite 115, Mission, Kansas 66202-2333
Description: Investment recovery is the practice of recouping the value of assets no longer needed by a company by identifying and reusing or disposing of surplus assets. Investment recovery professionals can earn a professional accreditation from IRA called Certified Manager of Investment Recovery. This organization represents more than 200 companies with investment recovery departments, and provides ongoing education, training and networking opportunities to members.
National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR)
Address: 560 McClure Street, Galesburg, IL 61401
Toll Free Number: 800-562-0955
Description: NAEIR is an organization that collects and processes donations of new, top quality merchandise from American corporations. Materials are redistributed to qualified schools and non-profits across the United States.
Everyone's Resource Depot University of Maine at Farmington
Address: Education Center, High and Lincoln Streets Room 009
Phone: (207) 778-7150
Description: Everyone's Resource Depot accepts clean, safe, cast-offs from Maine industries and individuals and sells them to the public at low cost.
Ruth's Reusable Resources
Address: 39 Blueberry Road, Portland, ME 04102
Contact: Ruth Libby
Description: Accepts all sorts of surplus inventory from businesses. Schools may shop here for a $1 fee per student or $300 per year. Donations can range from a variety of school supplies to arts and crafts.
Address: Great Falls Art Center, intersection of Academy & High Streets, PO Box 800, Auburn, ME, 04212 and Republic Ave, Buidling 376, Topsham, ME 04086
Description: SHARE Center collects learning materials (paper, foam, cardboard, fabric, etc.), office supplies, furniture, electronics, and other items for distribution to schools and non-profits.
Boston Children's Museum
Address: 300 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 617-426-6500, ext 388
Contact: Corey Smigliani
Community Resource Center
Address: 38 Montvale Ave., Suite 330, Stoneham, MA 02180
Contact: Diane Edwards
Dedham High School
Address: 140 Whiting Ave., Dedham, MA 02026
Contact: Catherine Carney
Extras for Creative Reuse
Address: 20 Wheeler Street, Suite 302, Lynn, MA 01902
Contact: Jocelyn Almy-Testa, Executive Director
Description: Extras for Creative Reuse is a clearinghouse that recovers tons of material from being burned or thrown away and redistributes it for creative educational use (Formerly Extras for Creative Learning, the Dorchester location no longer exists). The mission of Extras is to promote children's creative learning potential through the reuse of safe, surplus materials before, during and out of school time.
Industrial Surplus Network
Address: 9 Bridgeham Ave., Suite 300, Watertown, MA 02472
Contact: Larry Sprague (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Description: This for-profit corporation buys and sells inventory in the New England area. It promotes and facilitates the donation of surplus inventories to not-for-profit organizations for use by that not-for-profit or resale by the not-for-profit to raise funds.
NCECP Creativity Recycle Center
Address: PO Box 80255, Stoneham, MA 02180
Contact: Bee Russo
Description: Seeking all types of clean, safe, resuable materials to supplement classroom/group/daycare settings in support of artistic and scientific projects.
ReCreate Recycling Center
Address: 536 Pawtucket St, Lowell, MA 01854
Contacts: Teresa Harrison, Karen Talbot
Recycle for Children
Address: 34 Front St., Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Contact: Barbara Rosenbaum
Worcester Public Schools Recycle Center
Address: 211 Providence St., Worcester, MA 06607-1199
Contact: Mary Pichierri
Address: 221 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH 03104
Phone: 603-624-6102 (Manchester) or 603-886-7147 (Nashua)
Description: Donation Networks (A division of MaxImpact Institute) is a non-profit organization serving schools and non-profit organizations across New England and beyond. They accept used computer equipment, office equipment and supplies, supplies for arts and crafts, and other products for distribution to non-profit organizations and schools within New England through two warehouse locations in Nashua and Manchester.
Recycling for Rhode Island Education
Address: PO Box 6264, Providence, RI 02940
Description: RRIE has a 6 year history of collecting and recycling manufacturers' safe, non-toxic byproducts, overruns, and scraps. It distributes these materials to teachers, parents, and other member organizations who teach or work with kids. Call or visit website for scheduled hours of operation.
Central Vermont Surplus Directory
Address: The Restore, 186 River St., Montpelier, VT 05602
Description: Published in 1999 by the Restore, this booklet provides information on where to take surplus stuff. Listings include businesses which handle appliances, art/educational supplies, building materials, office equipment, sporting equipment, and toys.
Contact: Connie Leach Bisson.