BUCKFIELD – Town Manager Glen Holmes has announced that for the first time residents of Sumner and Buckfield may recycle usable items at a Swap Shop on the transfer station grounds.

Residents may take small usable items to the site of a large orange container there. Small items will include, but not be limited to: household goods, small appliances in working condition, toys, books, records, videos and sporting equipment.

Large usable items may be placed outside the container or a bulletin board will be provided where residents can post a telephone number for large items to be picked up.

All items brought to the Swap Shop should be clean, in good condition and workable.

Volunteers will be available to receive goods from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays starting Aug. 18.

The universal waste building is available for disposal of such items as televisions, computer monitors and fluorescent light bulbs.

Sumner Selectman Mark Silber has been a supporter of the Swap Shop idea for many years. He said, “If you would like to pick up something useful or leave something useful for others, use the Swap Shop.

“The more we keep items out of the waste stream the more money we save on disposal and the less we harm the planet. We all want to recycle.”

Holmes said, “If the Swap Shop is a success, we’ll be looking to find a larger and more suitable container with lighting.”

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