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City’s first ReUse Artist Show at JFK Middle School will feature crafts made from recycled materials

— The city’s first Reuse & Recycle Rally for the Arts will take place today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at JFK Middle School on Bridge Road.

The free event will feature a gallery of works by 29 local artists made from used materials, workshops, a Halloween costume exchange and a simultaneous Styrofoam recycling event to benefit the JFK PTO.

The arts event, sponsored by the city Department of Public Works and funded by a grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection, set the bar for 75 percent of artworks on display to be made from used or recycled materials.

Organizers are also accepting donations of reused materials for artist “wish lists” including bottle caps, old door knobs, poker chips and used CDs for future creations.

The Styrofoam recycling collection is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. For a fee of $1 per 30 gallons, participants can get rid of packing blocks, clean clamshell containers, coffee cups and other used Styrofoam marked with a “6” in the recycling “triangle.”

Northampton resident Deborah Jane Slavitt, a member of the city’s ReUse Committee and coordinator of the rally, said plans are to make the recycled arts show an annual event.

“I’d love to see something where we had open studios” of works by artists using recycled materials, Slavitt said. “Northampton is the logical place for something like this.”

Also today, from 9 a.m. to noon, the annual Fall Electronic Recycling Collection will take place at JFK, where you can recycle electronics for a small fee.

Fees for recycling are: $5 for each computer CPU, printer, stereo, VCR, DVD player, radio, fax, phone or copier; $10 for a PC monitor or home appliance (stove, washer, dryer, microwave oven); and $15 for a television, refrigerator, freezer, dehumidifier or air conditioner. Computer peripherals such as mice, keyboards, cables and hard drives will be accepted for $2.

These items can be recycled without a fee: cell phones, printer cartridges, floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, video and audio cassettes. Information about today’s event is available on the Northampton ReUse Facebook page or the DPW’s website.

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