SHIRLEY -- You have heard, no doubt, of the importance of recycling, but what about "upcycling?" Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials into new products of better quality or environmental value.

Lou's Upcycling, which turns plastic bags into decorative utilitarian items such as tote bags, is just one of many vendors participating in the fourth annual multi-town Reusing Your Recyclables Day. All communities are invited to participate.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Among many groups, More Than Words, a nonprofit that empowers disadvantaged youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business, will be collecting books, video games, DVDs and CDs for resale in their Waltham bookstore.

"No nonsense" hosiery company will be accepting pantyhose, nylon knee-highs, and tights for recycling, and All-American-Recycling will be collecting small electronics. Speakers, printers, stereos, DVD/VCR players, networking equipment, laptops, and PCs will be accepted for free. TVs 27" and smaller are $10; larger TV's are $15. PC CRT monitors are $8; Freon-bearing appliances are $15.

Volunteers are needed to help unload vehicles, load materials onto trucks, direct traffic, and pack donated food for Loaves & Fishes.

If you or your organization

would like to volunteer, contact Ayer Recycling Committee Chair Laurie Sabol at ayerrecycles@gmail.com or 978-496-5839. For information visit recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com.