Where to Recycle Wearable Fitness Tracking Devices

The spring weather motivates many of us to resolve to get more exercise. As part of that effort, we might invest in some tools to help us get going. New exercise clothes, walking sneakers, bike tune-ups. To help us keep track of our efforts, we buy a wearable tracking device, like a FitBit or PolarLoop, to give us the data we need to stay on track. But, after a while, we start to lose motivation. Maybe we’re not seeing quick results. Maybe we’re just too busy with commitments that don’t allow for time to exercise. It is hard to create a new routine. One study* found that use of FitBit tracking devices dropped after only 2 weeks, in part because wearers couldn’t easily incorporate them into busy lives. Or, we lose confidence the device’s ability to give accurate data or find that the data is gives isn’t what we need. And, continuous advancements have us replacing our wearable for the newest model. Into a drawer the unused or old model goes.

RecycleHealth will take your unused tracker and donate it to someone who needs it. RecycleHealth donates wearable trackers to fitness research studies with underserved populations, like those with low incomes or the elderly, to find out the best ways to use trackers towards behavior change and health improvement and to learn which trackers suit which behavior change best. They provide a prepaid mailing label so it costs nothing to donate and it tax deductible. They are also interested in partnering with individuals or organizations to collect devices or distribute wearables as part of a research study. Check out their website for more info.

 

*When Fitness Trackers Don’t ‘Fit’: End-User Difficulties in the Assessment of Personal Tracking Device Accuracy
*Use and Adoption Challenges of Wearable Activity Trackers

*Why We Use and Abandon Smart Devices

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Wachusett Region Recycling Events-11/3/12

Donate your gently-used winter coats to the One Warm Coat drive at JC Penney at the Mall at Whitney Field, 100 Commercial Drive, Leominster. Adults, kids and infants winter coats and jackets are being collected until December 21st. Coat drives are also being held at other locations – see the One Warm Coat website to search for convenient locations all over the country.

For those of you saving your books to donate to the Friends of the Gale Free Library’s Book Cellar, note that they are not accepting donations at the moment. Hold onto your intended donations for a little while longer.

As we’re working our way towards Thanksgiving, you may be thinking about putting up holiday lights around your yard or house. If you find that your strings of lights don’t work, you can recycle them. Send them to HolidayLEDS and they will pass them along to a third party recycler. In return, they will give you a 25% coupon off HolidayLEDs.com LED Christmas lights. You can send your lights to HolidayLEDs.com, Attn: Recycling Program, 1737 Spring Arbor Rd., PMB 206, Jackson, MI 49203. See their website for more information.

Have your kids finished their soccer seasons for the year? If they’re going to outgrow their shoes by the time they play again next year, donate them to PeacePassers.org to be passed on to others who need them. Donations have been made within the US and other countries. You can also donate sets of team jerseys, shorts, or socks, goalie uniforms and gloves, or soccer balls. Contact them at peacepassersinfo@gmail.com and they’ll let you know the best location to which you can mail your donation.

Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center at 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, MA, is open each Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 pm except for the day before Thanksgiving. They accept a number of items for free, such as batteries, bicycles, redeemable bottles and cans, and #6 styrofoam. Other items, such as TVs, computer monitors, small appliances, furniture, and tires, are accepted for a fee. It’s also open for hazardous materials recycling on Saturday, November 17th from 8am to noon.  See their website for more information about what they collect, and the fees they charge.

Wachusett Region Recycling Events-10/27/12

ReFoamIt‘s next Styrofoam recycling event is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. This one is being held at Grace Church, 76 Salem End Rd, Framingham, MA and is open to non-residents. Bring your #6 foam packing blocks, coolers, and peanuts for recycling. See their website to learn what else they take and the schedule of upcoming events.

Donate your gently-used winter coats to the One Warm Coat drive at JC Penney at the Mall at Whitney Field, 100 Commercial Drive, Leominster. Adults, kids and infants winter coats and jackets are being collected until December 21st. Coat drives are also being held at other locations – see the One Warm Coat website to search for convenient locations all over the country.

For those of you saving your books to donate to the Friends of the Gale Free Library’s Book Cellar, note that they are not accepting donations at the moment. Hold onto your intended donations for a little while longer.

November 15th is America Recycles Day. Check their website to see how you can participate.

Wachusett Region Recycling Events-10/20/12

Did you participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event held on September 29th? There were more than 5200 locations which collected a staggering  488,395 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs. Read the news release from the Department of Justice here.

The Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center is open this Saturday, October 20th from 8am to 11am. Many items are accepted for free, others for a small fee. Check their website for items and related fees. This weekend, they will doing document shredding. There is no cost, and it will be done as you watch, so you can be sure your documents are handled properly. The next hazardous waste collection is next month, so keep that in mind as you get your pool and lawn ready for winter. Any leftover chemicals can be brought to the center for proper disposal.

ReFoamIt‘s next Styrofoam recycling event open to the public is scheduled for October 27th. Save up your #6 foam packing blocks, coolers, and peanuts for this event.

Donate your gently-used winter coats to the One Warm Coat drive at JC Penney at the Mall at Whitney Field, 100 Commercial Drive, Leominster. Adults, kids and infants winter coats and jackets are being collected until December 21st. Coat drives are also being held at other locations – see the One Warm Coat website to search for convenient locations all over the country.

November 15th is America Recycles Day. Check their website to see how you can participate.

Wachusett Region Recycling Events-10/13/12

Halloween is at the end of this month. If you have children’s Halloween costumes that your kids are no longer using, consider donating them to the Princeton Girl Scouts. They are collecting  donations through October 14th at Thomas Prince School, Princeton Public Library and the First Congregational Church, all located in Princeton.

The West Boylston Boy Scout Troop 151 will hold their redeemable bottle and can drive at the Major Edwards Elementary school, Crescent Street, West Boylston, MA, this Saturday, October 13th from 10am-1pm. All bottles and cans that are returnable in Massachusetts are accepted.

Only a few more days to enter the Box that Rocks competition at Terracycle. Entries are accepted until October 15th.

The Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center is open on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 and Saturday, October 20th from 8am to 11am. Many items are accepted for free, others for a small fee. Check their website for items and related fees.

ReFoamIt‘s next Styrofoam recycling event open to the public is scheduled for October 27th. Save up your #6 foam packing blocks, coolers, and peanuts for this event.

Donate your gently-used winter coats to the One Warm Coat drive at JC Penney at the Mall at Whitney Field, 100 Commercial Drive, Leominster. Adults, kids and infants winter coats and jackets are being collected until December 21st. Coat drives are also being held at other locations – see the One Warm Coat website to search for convenient locations all over the country.

Book donations are being sought by the Gale Free Library (23 Highland Street, Rt 31, Holden, MA) to restock their new Book Cellar of used books for sale to the public. Donations can be left on the lower level outside the Cellar during the library’s business hours. Adult and children’s fiction, nonfiction, CDs, and DVDs are accepted.

In Sterling, MA, Hiram O. Walker American Legion Post 189 is taking donations of ink and laser cartridges, cell phones, GPS devices, MP3 players, laptops, and digital cameras. They will recycle donations items for proceeds that will be put towards the legion hall’s floor repair. Items can be dropped off to the legion hall (32 School Street), Sterling Town Hall (1 Park Street) or Light Department (50 Main Street), Sterling DPW Recycling Center (171 Worcester Road), the Clinton Savings Bank (1 Main Street), or Leominster Credit Union (7 Main Street) in Sterling.

November 15th is America Recycles Day. Check their website to see how you can participate.