Waste Reduction, Recycling, CompostingBarnstable County is committed to facilitating regional cooperation to find solutions that reduce trash and increase recycling. Removing and disposing of trash from Cape Cod is expensive and harmful to the environment. Barnstable County’s Regional Waste Reduction Coordinator provides Cape Cod’s fifteen towns with technical assistance on a variety of issues related to waste reduction and recycling, including municipal solid waste analyses, pay-as-you-throw program implementation, difficult to manage waste diversion, transfer station operations, guidance on grant funding, and public education. Contact Us for Assistance
Before you throw something in the trash, whether it be a plastic bottle, an old coffee cup, or a banana peel, think of the ways this item could be reused or enhanced. Below you will find the many options to maximize your unneeded items while minimizing harm to our Cape Cod environment.
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The following chart shows what types of materials are in the trash that we throw away. As you can see, most of it is easily recyclable or compostable!
How can I recycle in my town? All fifteen towns on Cape Cod operate their own trash and recycling programs. Please visit your town’s recycling website, by clicking on one of the links below. If you are a visitor to Cape Cod, check out the Visitor’s Guide to Recycling on Cape Cod to learn about the options available in the town where you are staying.
Solid waste is minimized when individual households reduce, reuse and recycle. A number of Cape Cod organizations will help residents donate items or find re-usable ones. Certain charities and non-profit groups will pick up items at your home and some donations are tax deductible. Consider donating to or shopping at thrift stores, consignment stores, or some of these organizations:
Beyond The Bin Recycling Directory: Do you have worn clothing, outdated electronics or other items that don’t belong in your household recycling bin? Don’t throw them away. Find out where to recycle, reuse, or repurpose them in Massachusetts by entering the material into this online directory!
Habitat ReStore: A place to buy or donate used furniture, appliances, doors and windows, and building supplies. All merchandise is sold at significant discounts and sales support Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod.
Address: 28 Whites Path, Yarmouth, MA
Phone: Call ahead to drop off donations or to arrange for us to pick up, 508-394-6400
Goodwill: Goodwill makes high quality clothing and household goods available at reasonable prices through Goodwill Stores and provides job training and related services to help individuals with disabilities.
Address: 141 Corporation Plaza, Hyannis MA (behind Cape Cod Mall)
Phone: (508) 790-0046
Salvation Army: The Salvation Army Thrift shop has clothing and shoes for men, women and children, furnishings for the home, books, movies and CDs, toys and much more
Address: 105 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA
Craigslist: A classified advertising website that lets users post ads at no charge; a section of the website, which can be searched by local area (Cape Cod/Islands), offers items for sale.
Freecycle Cape Cod: Freecycle is a nationwide organization operated by volunteers. Users give away and get items for free.
Composting is a convenient, beneficial and inexpensive way to handle your organic waste and help the environment. Yard wastes such as leaves, grass clippings and weeds make excellent compost. Fruit and vegetable scraps, plus food wastes such as coffee grounds, tea bags, and eggs shells, can be composted. For more information, follow these links:
News / Media
Monthly Newsletter – This monthly newsletter provides information about solid waste reduction efforts and recycling issues on Cape Cod and beyond. Click here for a link to all past newsletters and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join the mailing list.
Other Waste Reduction Related Links:
- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection –Waste and Recycling
- Cape Cod Commission – Regional Solid Waste Planning
- Recycling Works Massachusetts (assistance for businesses and institutions)
- Information on Textile Recycling
- Earth 911 – Community-specific information on environmental issues, including local recycling resources
- MassRecycle – the Massachusetts Recycling Coalition