Fluorescent lamps and bulbs
In the past, residents have been able to dispose of old fluorescent lamps, compact bulbs and tubes in the Town Hall copy room. Town Hall has been closed for some time, however, and will likely remain closed.
Lowes will accept compact fluorescent lamps (CFL bulbs) and fluorescent tubes shorter than 8 feet. There are recycling bins just inside the door marked "Returns."
DO NOT leave these hazardous mercury-bearing items outside in back of Town Hall. Please either take them to Lowes — or hang onto them until Town Hall reopens.
— How to dispose of them: Consumer Affairs' Mattress Disposal Guide
Selling used mattresses is illegal in Massachusetts, so no retail establishment or charity will accept them for resale. You'll find information here on how to properly discard or recycle old mattresses.
— When to dispose of them
Click here for things to consider if it's time to replace/dispose of your mattress.
Plastics — What's Recyclable, What Becomes Trash, and Why
Click here for NPR's graphic explanation of plastics recycling.
Check out this website for proper disposal of prescription medicines. Note that police stations in Amherst, Hadley, and Northampton have secure boxes to accept disposal of old medications.