Recycle Styrofoam, plastic lids and caps, dehumidifiers and more

The following information was provided by the City of Watertown:

There will be a Watertown recycling event on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 57 Stanley St in the Jewish School parking lot. Please bring Watertown ID or proof of residency.


Watertown partners with Mass Save to recycle old, energy-guzzling dehumidifiers.

Residents can bring dehumidifiers FREE and will receive a $30 rebate in the mail.

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Watertown partners with Helpsy to recycle and reuse old textiles and clothing. Clean out your wardrobe before winter and donate clothes and textiles. Helpsy also offers free curbside collection.

Learn more.

Paper shredding

Watertown partners with Shred-it to securely destroy confidential documents. All shredded paper will be recycled with Stericycle. Please bring only confidential documents. Other paper documents should be placed in your curbside recycling bin. If the materials are already pre-shredded, please place them in a paper bag.

• Shred-it can accept paper containing staples.

• Materials should be placed in paper bags or brought in boxes. The boxes will be returned.

• Materials will be shredded on site.

Plastic caps and lids

Watertown has a new recycling partnership with the organization Plastic Recycled. They locally shred plastic bottle caps and other plastic caps and lids and turn this recycled plastic into park benches and other items. The recycling center has a collection bin.

Once Watertown collects 500 pounds of plastic, we will receive a bench for the library. Here are some examples of ceilings:

o Plastic bottle caps

o Milk carton caps

o Container lids (yogurt, detergent, dishwashing liquid, etc.)

o Must be plastic—no metal/aluminum

o No plastic films

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Polystyrene recycling

Watertown partners with Save That Stuff to recycle Styrofoam. Please collect and save any styrofoam you have for this event. Styrofoam CANNOT go into curbside recycling bins.

• They only accept rigid white polystyrene

• If it breaks when you break it, it’s the right type

• NO packaging of peanuts or take-out containers