|The attendant at Provincetown's recycling center will tell you what to do.|
While I was there other folks were bringing in cardboard, scrap wood, yard waste like leaves, grass and small branches, and various other recyclables. There's a shed where you can drop off Styrofoam packing peanuts, or pick some up if you need them. There's also free compost available to nourish your garden, made from the yard waste that's brought in by the public.
Books, toys and household goods can be dropped off at the swap shop, open 8 AM till noon, closed Sunday and Monday. It works kind of like a thrift store, but there's no charge for items you want to take home. No clothing or furniture, please, but you can take both to the United Methodist Church at 20 Shankpainter Road, and clothing can also be taken to Ruthie's Boutique. Technically, Ruthie's address is 14 Center Street, but you'll find it on Bradford between Standish and Center. Look for a lower level entrance next to a sort of roll-up garage door. Both of these thrift shops benefit local non-profits, and both accept household goods as well. Click on their links above to learn more about them.
Find out more about recycling in Provincetown by visiting the Recycling page of the town's website. Click on this link to the Household Hazardous Products page to find out how and where to safely dispose of everything from old medications (never flush them down the toilet) to toxic paints or garden chemicals and more of those tricky items you don't quite know how to handle safely.
We live in such a beautiful place here in Provincetown, and our environment is so fragile at the tip of Cape Cod. Our water supply, fishing stocks, walking trails, wildlife and many other reasons why we live and visit here can so easily be devastated by things we might carelessly cast off, so it's up to each of us to find out how to properly dispose of things we no longer want or need. And it's actually now easier than ever to do. You can call Provincetown's Department of Public Works at 508 487-7060 to answer any questions you might have. See you at the swap shop.