The Saugus CHaRM (Center for Hard To Recycle Materials) facility opened in September 2015 and is the first of its kind in Massachusetts. The center accepts hard-to-recycle items including textiles/fabrics and electronics such as televisions and computers. The center also accepts traditional recycling items, such as paper/cardboard and bottles/cans, for residents who do not have access to the weekly curbside municipal collection. The center also has a collection area for scrap metal items such as bed frames, siding, fixtures, and other items made from stainless steel, lead and cast iron. There is no charge to drop off items at the CHaRM facility.
The CHaRM facility includes a textile collection box. In addition to clothing items in any condition, residents can drop off footwear, linens, backpacks, stuffed animals, curtains, towels, and other fabric materials.
Plastic bags are not permitted due to the international recycling market. Residents are kindly asked to empty recyclables out of any plastic bags, and remove the bags from the site.