After appreciating the fairly dry winter we’ve had, it’s nice to see buds starting on the trees. I am in a clean out mode and looking to recycle lots of things. Here are some places that are collecting items during the upcoming weeks…
ReFoamit participates in many single-day recycling events to collect Expanded Polystyrene (#6, also known as Styrofoam) and Polyethylene (#4) foam items in Massachusetts, many of which are open to the public. Many residential recycling programs do not accept these foams, so despite their distance from the Wachusett region, these events are a good opportunity to do some recycling. On April 2nd, Girl Scout Troop 30507 and Central One Federal Credit Union are hosting an event in Westboro. The following Saturday, April 9th, the Woodward Green Team from Woodward Memorial School in Southboro will be holding a collection. On April 30th, Grace Congregational Church will hold a collection event. Check out their website for more info about these and other events.
Jordan’s Furniture is once again teaming with Anton’s Cleaners for their Belle of the Ball prom dress collection and boutique. Drop off like-new prom or cocktail dresses to Jordan’s or Anton’s by March 27th. Girls who aren’t able to afford to purchase a dress attend an invitation-only boutique event to get a dress for their prom or school dance and your dress gets another life.
Many towns and cities now have kiosks that accept unused prescription drugs for disposal. For people without access to these kiosks, the US Drug Enforcement Administration holds events annually to collect unused prescription drugs. This year’s collection will be held on April 30th. Drugs can be dropped off anonymously to a local police station or safety complex that is participating in the program. Check out their website after April 1st, when participating cities and towns will be listed.
New or gently-used books for children in kindergarten through grade 8 can be dropped off at convenient locations in Worcester county during the Worcester – The City That Reads event. Books are distributed to low-income students via social service agencies and school programs. Many locations are within the city of Worcester but a number of companies are holding their own collection drives. The collection sites are listed on the city’s website.
Wachusett Earthday’s recycling center is open 3 days a week and the 3rd Saturday of every month to accept drop-offs of a wide variety of items. Hazardous chemicals are being collected on Saturday, April 16th. They also have a reuse shop where you’ll find lots of items that still have a useful life, including craft supplies, toys, and home goods. See their website to learn what items they accept for recycling and reuse.
Happy Spring !