Re-Use-It Swap Shop
SWAP SHOP closed 12/31/2021. Re-opening scheduled for 4/1/2022
***UPDATE on SWAP SHOP SEASONAL CLOSURE***
After consultation with the Swap Shop Volunteer Coordinator and Town Leadership, the DPW Director has revised the seasonal closing of the Swap Shop at the RTS to keep the facility open until there is predicted plowable snowfall in the forecast or December 31st, whichever comes first. This change was made in recognition of the mild fall, and the desire from community members to extend the seasonality of the operation as long as possible. This means that the Swap Shop may close for the season rather abruptly based on weather. This seasonal closure will also ensure that DPW can mobilize all resources towards snow removal efforts when the season does begin. Communications on the closure will be made on the Town’s websites and on the Town’s social media accounts.
Tuesday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No drop-offs after 3 p.m.
Swap Shop may be closed in extreme weather
Closed on Paint Saturdays - the third Saturday of the month, April through October.
The Re-Use-It Swap Shop is a volunteer-run area at the Recycling and Transfer Station (RTS) where residents can ’give and take’ items that are in good working order. All items are free, and you do not need to donate an item to take one.
The purpose of the Re-Use-It Swap Shop is to reduce the amount of reusable materials entering the waste stream by providing Needham residents with a place to conveniently give away usable items they no longer want or need and find things they can use.
- Shoppers are expected to limit the number of items they take to allow for fair access by all.
- Shopping time should be limited to 15 minutes and the number of visits to 1 per day.
- Shoppers must respect the volunteer on duty and abide by their decisions.
Access to the Re-Use-It area is a privilege, not a right. The RTS Superintendent and his/her designees have the authority to restrict access to the Re-Use-It area to any individual they feel may be interfering with its mission or the smooth operation of the Re-Use-It area or the RTS.
All items are As-Is. Take at your own risk.
Drop off Guidelines
All items must be approved by volunteers before being dropped off. Large or heavy items that are hard to move or store may be rejected. Unaccepted items that cannot be recycled must be disposed of in yellow bags or taken to the Transfer Station. Please respect the decisions of the volunteers, whose efforts contribute to keeping the area available and organized.
Please drop off items as early in the day as possible to increase the chance that they will find a new home. Storage space at the Swap Shop is very limited, and at the end of the day, items that do not fit or are deemed less likely to be taken may need to be disposed of as trash.
Items must be complete, unbroken, in good working condition, and reasonably clean. A good guideline: Would you bring the item into your own home in its current condition?
Metal items in good condition, such as patio furniture, lamps, bicycles/tricycles, sleds, planters, hardware, and tools are also accepted.
- Appliances (large)
- Broken, incomplete, or moldy items
- Blinds (unless new in package)
- Children's car seats more than five years old
- Clothes and shoes
- Computer monitors
- Construction materials
- Cushions and pillows
- Dehumidifiers / humidifiers / air purifiers
- Furniture from kits
- Hazardous materials
- Hoses (unless new in package)
- Linens (unless new in package)
wood / particleboard furniture
- Sinks / toilets
- Upholstered furniture
The Re-Use-It Swap Shop relies on volunteers to keep the shop running. Regular and occasional volunteers are needed. To volunteer or for more information email Volunteer Coordinator Brenda Metzler.