Ayer Recycle Your Reusables

This annual collection keeps hundreds of tons of material out of waste streams and directs items to vendors that repurpose materials of value in ways that support underserved communities and boost our local economy! Clean out your basement closets and cupboards and bring unneeded items to the event on Saturday, October 26, 9a-2p, at Bemis Associates on Bemis Way in Shirley.

Check out the impressive list of items that can be recycled or repurposed, including appliances, craft materials, furniture, metal, office supplies, pots/pans, rugs, toys, wood and much more. Bring a donation for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and note some items may have a fee to recycle. This is a great opportunity to pass on items that would have more value for others!

State Legislators Visit The Great Exchange

The Great Exchange was honored to host Senator Jamie Eldridge and Representative Jen Benson on September 30th.  The State Legislators came to learn about the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center and experience first-hand how The Great Exchange provides value to area schools, municipalities, non-profits, and small businesses. We thank them and Pat Natoli from Harvard, Todd Summer from Parker Charter School (left end), Michelle McKenna from Parker Charter, and Stephanie Guitard from HMEA (right end) for their support and efforts to help us raise awareness and engagement in the program. 

Stop the Bleed Training

Friday, October 4, 8:00 – 10:00 am, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens

Launched in October 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Tim Kelly, acting Chief of the Devens Fire Department will instruct this hands on class where you will learn how:

  • Determine if an area is safe for you to proceed toward a victim to provide assistance
  • Identify any nearby tools to assist you
  • Use your hands to apply direct pressure at the site of the wound to stop bleeding
  • Pack a deep wound with cloth or gauze to control bleeding
  • Correctly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb to stop bleeding
  • Keep the victim calm until help arrives

RSVP here and view upcoming Environmental, Health & Safety Roundtable schedule.

Improve Your Space

Looking for a new desk, office chair, or bookcase? Visit and save at The Great Exchange Furniture Event, Thursday, September 26, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, 100 Sherman Ave, Devens, Directions.

Furniture, fixtures and more for businesses, municipalities, non-profits, schools

New, like new condition for nearly half price. View pictures of inventory and RSVP.

Save the dates: TGE Supply Event Oct 24, Furniture Event Oct 31

Support a Local Nonprofit and Save Big

Attention schools, nonprofits, municipalities, and businesses – shop The Great Exchange Supply event on Thursday, September 19, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, directions here.

Devens TGE under $10 vs AMZ over $40

View pictures and RSVP today! All items are new or like new condition.

Save the date: The Great Exchange Furniture Event Thursday, September 26, 8:00 – 4:30, 100 Sherman Ave, Devens.

EHS Roundtable this Friday

You don’t want to miss this Friday’s EHS Roundtable on The Risks of Occupational Noise Exposure and How to Implement a Hearing Conservation Program, Friday, September 13, 8:00 – 9:30 am, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. 

Dr. Melonie Marple will present an introduction to hearing physiology, noise, hearing loss and protection.  Kathy Puff will provide tips on how to develop and manage a workplace Hearing Conservation Program.

Register here, members free, nonmembers, $30.00.

Here is the schedule of upcoming EHS Roundtables.