Donating Prom Dresses in 2019

Despite the recent dip in temperatures, prom season will be coming soon enough and some organizations will soon be asking you to give your prom dress a second life. If you’ve ever been to a prom, you know it’s an experience you never forget. You can give another young woman a memorable experience by donating your dress to an organization that will pass it along to young women who otherwise couldn’t afford to go to their prom. Jordan’s Furniture and Anton’s Cleaners will start accepting donations on February 4th at all Anton’s Cleaners, Jordan’s Furniture, and Enterprise Bank locations. Anton’s began Belle of the Ball in 2005, and recent years have seen them outfit over 500 young women for their junior and senior high school proms.

Other organizations that collect and distribute prom dresses are: Operation PromThe Giving Gown in Texas, Becca’s Closet (chapters in many states, including MA), North Shore’s Fairy Godmother Project, and Priceless Prom Gown Program.

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To make a suitable donation, your dress shouldn’t be too old, and it should be free of damage. Dresses donated to Belle of the Ball will be cleaned by Anton’s, but other organizations require it to be clean before donation. In addition, some organizations accept the shoes and jewelry that makes your dress a real ensemble.

If you know of other organizations collecting prom dress, let us know in the comments!

Wachusett Region Recycling Events – Week of 1/12/19

The West Boylston Boy Scout Troop 151 will hold their monthly redeemable bottle and can drive at the Major Edwards Elementary school, Crescent Street, West Boylston, MA, on Saturday, January 12th, from 10am-1pm. All bottles and cans that are returnable in Massachusetts are accepted. The scouts will come to your car, so you don’t even have to get out – a plus when the weather is bad! They use the proceeds to fund their activities.

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An unusual way to recycle your Christmas tree is to feed it to the goats! Drop your locally bought tree (big box store trees have chemicals that aren’t good for the goats) off to Starry Hill Farm in Monson, MA, anytime and their Nigerian dwarf goats will eat the needles as a nice treat. Shea’s Flock of Fun Farm in Townsend, MA, is also accepting trees and wreaths for their Angorra goats. In Millbury, Olivia Gadwah is looking for trees for her goat, Bonnie. Ask around to see if any goats near you are looking for these treats!

WE CAN and the communities of Grafton, Northborough, Shrewsbury and Westborough, are sponsoring a regional “drive through” recycling event, open to all surrounding communities, in North Grafton on Saturday, January 19th from 10am to 1pm at 3 Library Circle (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University). They are collecting:

  • old, unwanted small electronics, computers and laptops – see WE CAN’s website for fees
  • #6 white Styrofoam (no food containers or packaging peanuts and free of stickers and tape)
  • stringed Christmas lights and cordsused clothing, to benefit the Westborough Girl Scouts
  • worn/torn sheets, towels, and blankets, for the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center
  • new or like new craft and office supplies
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Recycle your stringed Christmas lights by sending them to HolidayLEDS. In return you’ll get a 15% off coupon to use on their site. Lights are accepted for recycling all year round.

Happy Recycling!

Happy 2019!

Happy 2019!

New Year’s Day is a time for resolutions to make positive changes in our lives. One of my resolutions is to post to my Wachu-Recycle blog more often. Recycling is so important and can be easy if you know where to go. Here are a few opportunities for you to make good on a resolution to increase your recycling efforts in 2019.

Hosting a party means you have a fridge full of leftovers the next day. Who doesn’t love a nice turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry sauce? Or apple pie for breakfast? Even the cleanup has an upside. If you’ve saved your redeemable bottles and cans from your holiday gatherings, you can donate them to a group who will sort and redeem them to fund their activities. Locally, the West Boylston Boy Scout Troop 151 will hold their redeemable bottle and can drive at the Major Edwards Elementary school, Crescent Street, West Boylston, MA, on Saturday, January 12th, from 10am-1pm. All bottles and cans that are returnable in Massachusetts are accepted. They collect cans every month, so if you miss this time, put it on your calendar for February!

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Will you be reviving last year’s resolution to increase your physical activity? If you’ve recently upgraded your favorite form of technology to help you, you can recycle your old FitBit or other wearable activity tracker. RecycleHealth is a Boston-based organization that collects usable trackers and redistributes them to people who aren’t able to afford one. You can print a mailing label directly from their website. To beat the post-holiday doldrums, think about holding a collection drive at your work or school.

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The Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center, 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, MA is open on Tuesdays (9-11am) and Wednesdays (2:30-4:30pm) throughout the year, and from 8-11 on the first and third Saturday of each month in January and February. Here you can recycle all kinds of materials and items. For more information, including which items will be collected for a fee, click here. This is a good place to bring materials that our trash collector doesn’t take, like Styrofoam, small bulky rigid plastic items, mercury thermometers, computer monitors and towers, small electronics, and furniture. Many items are accepted for free and others for a fee. They also have a reuse shop where you can pick up usable items for free or small cost. Check their website for more info.

Do you have plans for recycling in the new year? Other places you go to recycle things that are still usable and need a new home? Let us know in the comments.

Happy recycling!

Wachusett Region Recycling Events – November 2016

Now that we are preparing for the winter season, you may be realizing you have coats from previous years that you are planning to replace. Why not donate them to the Worcester County Sheriffs Office’s Annual Coat Drive? Any new or gently-used adult or children’s winter coats can be dropped off at many locations, including those below. Or call 508-796-2638 to schedule a pick up. The drive hopes to surpass last year’s 3000 donations by the end of November 2016 and distribute them through local community organizations. This is a good opportunity to hold an event at your work or school or in your community. See their website for more information.

Auburn: Lundgren Honda

Dudley: Twin City Cleaners

Fitchburg: Office of Community Corrections, Independent Cleaners

Gardner: Gardner Museum

Holden: Senior Center, Oriol Healthcare

Leominster: Planet Fitness, Hannaford Supermarket

Lunenburg: Hannaford Supermarket

Princeton: Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

Shrewsbury: Austin Liquors

Webster: Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Regional Resource Center

Westborough: Chick-Fil-A

Worcester: Unum Insurance, Herlihy Insurance, Hearing & Balance Center of New England


Drop off your MA redeemable bottles and cans to Sterling’s (MA) Boy Scout Troop 189 on Saturday, November 5th from 8am-2pm. Donations can be brought to the Sterling DPW, 171 Worcester Rd. (Rte. 12) or call Mike at 978-422-7756 to arrange a pick-up. Those nickels add up and can help them to fund activities and projects.

To honor Veteran’s Day, which is Friday, November 11, Holden’s (MA)  Boy Scout Troop 45 sponsoring a US. Flag retirement drive. Worn US flags can be dropped off any time during the year to the collection bin outside the Holden Senior Center, 1130 Main St. This month, flags will be given the proper retirement following the Boy Scouts of America approved protocol. Contact Caleb Andros at with any questions.

The Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center is open various hours on Monday thru Wednesday and the 3rd Saturday of the month (November 15th) to accept all kinds or items from button batteries to washing machines for recycling. They also have a reuse shop, which accepts donations of useable items such as craft materials, small home goods, luggage, sports equipment and kitchen goods. Check their website for the schedule and the list of items they accept.

Recycle That Suit!

Recycle that suit!

The retail chain Men’s Wearhouse is running their annual drive to collect men’s gently-used professional clothing during the month of July with a goal of collecting 250,000 items. These donations will go social service agencies that work with men who are not able to purchase clothing such as suits, dress shirts, ties, shoes, and accessories that are necessary to present themselves as good job candidates. Those of us who can afford suits and dress clothing may take for granted how necessary these items are to having a job in many sectors of the workforce and to other obligations we have in our everyday lives (weddings, funerals, etc.). For people who aren’t able to afford them, these donations allow them to present themselves during job interviews with confidence and increase their chances of entering or re-entering the workforce. As the stories on the website show, past recipients of these suits are not only people from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds, but people who have struggled due in a variety of ways due to the economy. It’s a national drive, so donations are accepted at all Men’s Wearhouse locations. Use their store locator to find one near you.

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