Items Being Accepted For 10th Book And Media Swap

By: Tim Wood

Topics: Recycling and Solid Waste

Perusing the stacks at last year's Book and Media Swap. FILE PHOTO

CHATHAM – Swept up in the Marie Kondo craze? Got lots of stuff you need to get rid of and want to find a way to do so responsibly, following the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy? Well, if some of that stuff falls into the category of books and media, bring it over to the annex to contribute to the annual Book and Media Swap.

Now in its 10thyear, the free event will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the lower level of the George Ryder Road annex. Beginning this week, residents can drop off their unwanted books and media at the same location daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., no later than March 8.

Sponsored by ChathamRecycles, the event is designed to bring new life to gently used media-related items and keep them from being tossed into the solid waste stream, where they add to the town's disposal costs, and to promote reuse. Along with books, other media-related items accepted in the swap include CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audio cassettes and vinyl records. All forms of media are accepted except damaged audio/visual media and homemade media.

The swap is open to the public free of charge, and it isn't necessary to contribute items to participate. Past swaps have included thousands of books on all subjects, fiction and nonfiction, music and book CDs, movies as well as kids books. There's always a turntable playing one of the donated vinyl record albums. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bags and take away as many items as they wish.

Media left after the swap closes will go to an organization that gives free books to schools and nonprofits in Massachusetts, to troops overseas, and reuses the rest by selling them through an online store. A bin for the organization is located at the transfer station and always available to help keep media out of the waste stream.

For more information about the Book and Media Swap, contact the conservation office at 508-945-5164, email jgiorgio@chatham-ma.gov, or visit chathamrecycles.org.