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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Free collection and recycling of old electronic goods next week

Local businesses pick up the town’s fumble
By Will Collette
Indie Cycle owner Phyllis Hutnak flanked by husband Tony (left)
and Mini-Super owner Charlie Beck (right)

Once again, Charlestown-based and Indie Cycle, LLC  and the Charlestown Mini-Super will join forces to fill a big gap left when the Town of Charlestown stopped accepting electronic waste at the town transfer station.

Their first collaboration happened on December 13 and was a big success - nearly 8,000 pounds of electronics were collected in 3 hours nearly filling Indie Cycle, LLC’s two trucks.

Hat’s off to both, especially since they’re going to keep it going. The next drop-off day is Saturday, February 7 from 9 AM to noon at the Mini-Super located on 4071 Old Post Road. 

Owner Phyllis Hutnak told me they will take just about “anything with wires.” That includes not just computers, printers and TVs, but also old appliances.

There are some exceptions such as busted open TV picture tubes or leaking refrigerators, batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs etc. But they will take a lot of very surprising stuff. For a complete list of what they will (and won’t) take, click here.

The drop off event is free and open to anyone from Charlestown and nearby communities.

They plan to do it again on April 4. For as long as it is needed – maybe Charlestown will resume its responsibilities – and works, Indie Cycle and the Mini-Super plan to schedule drop-off days every other month.