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Medfield Swap Area: Do You Want It Year-Round?

Selectman Peterson visited the Sherborn swap area which has permanent structures which allow them to operate year-round. Is that something Medfield needs?

The following was posted by Selectman Osler "Pete" Peterson on Oct. 8 in his personal blog "Medfield02052"  

Editor's Note: Medfield's swap area is an open-air space at the back of the transfer station where items are dropped off daily but thrown into a dumpster at the end of the day. It is not open year-round. There has been some discussion about putting a permanent structure there so it can be open year-round. What do you think of a year-round swap area in Medfield? Tell us in the comment section below.

The original blog post...

Swap year round

Posted on October 8, 2012

Yesterday I visited the Sherborn swap to see how they operated.  They have a series of small buildings, which allow them to operate year round. The largest is a metal building, perhaps 20′ X 30′, which housed furniture, board games, myriads of items, that seemed well organized.  I especially liked the foosball table.  There were at least two other wooden sheds, one housing sporting goods, and the other from a glance seemed to be skis.

I met two of the three volunteers who were manning the swap.  Carol Rosenberg of the Recycling Committee and I discussed the differences of our two systems, and possible opportunities for synergies from coordinating services.  She asked if Medfield might even consider taking Sherborn’s trash and whether Medfield residents might be interested in dropping things off at the Sherborn swap.  Sherborn currently lets anyone take away swap items, but only Sherborn residents are allowed to leave items.  I retorted that we should always be willing to discuss opportunities to work together, and so she took one of the selectmen business cards I paid to get printed up to assist with such communication, saying that she would be talking to the chair of their Board of Selectmen this week, and would let me know.

Susan Brooks October 09, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Yes I am very interested in a year round swap shop. I believe in Recycle, Reduce, Reuse 12 months a year.
David Temple October 09, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Seems like a good idea to me. People should also be aware of Freecycle.com, which allows you to post giveaway items for an audience in Medfield, Walpole, Sharon, Foxboro, and Norwood. For example, this year I posted a lawnmower that worked but needed a repair; the responder picked it up and this saved me the hassle of loading it in my car and taking it to the transfer station.
Colleen M. Sullivan October 09, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Both year round swap shop and Freecycle sound good to me!
Theresa Knapp (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Agreed. Check out this story about Medfield Freecyclers. http://medfield.patch.com/articles/medfield-freecyclers
Ken Koellner October 10, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Yes, please. Make the swap area year found. For one thing, I can never find out when it starts and stops. I have some stuff to go next weekend but I don't know whether to bring it or not as I don't know if it is still open. If it does close, maybe it should be open as long as there isn't snow on the ground.
Ken Koellner October 10, 2012 at 03:05 PM
It would help if they would at least post the close and open dates on the transfer station web site at -- http://www.town.medfield.net/index.cfm?pid=14568 I saw a note from May 2 on the opening but there's no note on when it will close for the season.
Ken Koellner October 17, 2012 at 06:07 PM
The article doesn't cover the opening and closing dates and they're not online. That's pretty critical information to form an opinion. Can anyone respond back with what the dates actually are? Think about it.. If the area opens on Jan 10 and closes on Dec 20, no big deal that it closes. If the area opens on June 15 and closes on July 3, big deal. Now those are extreme examples. I put them out there to make that point it's really not really worth discussing without knowing at least the approximate the dates, .
Ihor Mykyta December 06, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Yes, by all means. It would be great to be able to swap for items year round. You never know when may need something or want to get rid of something that may be useful to someone.

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