Ten minutes before the Department of Public Works’ gates opened at 9 am on Saturday, cars were lined up along The Great Road and into Shawsheen Avenue, halfway back to its intersection with Shawsheen Road.
Among the earliest arrivals, Dave Enos cycled from home with a trailer behind his bike carrying recyclables. Cars arrived full of household detritus: electronics, hard plastic, metal to recycle, and paper to shred.
According to DPW Recycling Manager Ed McGrath, 416 cars were counted from 9 am to noon. They dropped off enough paper to fill the shredding truck. A second e-waste truck was summoned after the first departed packed to capacity. And a pair of full-sized dumpsters were brimming with metal and hard plastic.
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Three hours, well-spent on a glorious autumn Saturday!