Wachusett Recycled Resource Center

The original Wachusett Recycled Resource Center (formerly located on Boyden Road in Holden, MA) that had closed is 2011 will be opening in a new location as soon as its building is ready. The address is 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, MA, the location of the Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center. My thanks to Colleen Abrams of the WWRCC for the updated information. For more information, check their website.


Sadly, the great resource that was the Wachusett Recycled Resource Center has had to shut its doors (Summer 2011). I’ll keep this post here in case they are ever able to open again.


The Wachusett Recycled Resource Center (52 Boyden Road, Holden, MA) provides free materials to Wachusett area residents  for community, school, and home projects. The center is staffed by volunteers and is open Mondays 6-8pm, Tuesdays 9-11am, Thursdays 3-5pm, and closed when the school district closes due to weather.

The center accepts individual donations of craft items, art items, sewing items, magazines, ornaments and similar items. The center also accepts donations from manufacturers. These donations are materials like fabrics, yarns, paper, posterboard and other craft materials.

The following list gives an idea of what materials can be donated for use by craft center visitors but it is not exhaustive.

aluminum/styrofoam trays and other styrofoam pieces

binders, labels, stickers

paper, cardboard pieces, wallpaper, cardboard tubes, egg cartons

baby food jars, Pringles potato chip cans, boxes, bags, film canisters, coffee cans,  and other containers

beads, magnets, string, yarn, feathers, pine cones, bottle caps

flower pots, baskets, holiday decorations

cloth, burlap, felt, pins/needles

greeting cards, magazines, craft books

The center also accepts the following items for recycling: NICAD batteries, rechargeable batteries, and items containing mercury such as thermometers


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  1. Thanks Wachusett Recycling for posting information about ReStore. I should have told you sooner but the information needs to be updated. We have moved to 11 Distributor Road, at Gold Star Blvd,, Worcester. We are open Thurs, Fri, Sat from 10am to 5pm. For more information about what we accept please go to our website at http://www.habitatmwgw.org/restore.

    Could you updated this?


    • Thanks Lucy! I’ve made the update in the blog post.

  2. Hi,
    Earlier you noted that Wachusett Earthday’s Recycled Resource Center closed at the Holden location. We hope all residents of seven Wachusett Towns are now aware that the Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center operated by Wachusett Earthday is open weekly. The Recycle/Swap is operating in a small trailer at the center. Ground breaking for the new building is expected this spring. Donations to Wachusett Earthday for the match to complete the building are welcome at Wachusett Earthday, Box 593, Holden MA. All donations to this all-volunteer non-profit are tax-deductible.

    Directions: I-190, Exit 5, North on Route 140. Left at traffic light onto Legg Road. Continue 0.8 mile to entrance on the right.
    Laurel Street, West Boylston or Manning Street, Holden to Raymond Huntington Highway (adjacent to I-190). Travel 0.8 miles to entrance on the keft.

    • Great news, Colleen! I’ve had several people contact me via email to ask about the old center. I’ve emailed them about the new location. That was always such a great resource!

  3. March 20, 2012
    Hi Wachusett Town Residents,
    Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center is now open every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month from 8 to 11 a.m. for residents of seven Wachusett Towns (Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling, West Boylston). The Center provides a free swap for yarn, fabrics, crafts, art items, small household goods, containers, vases, plant pots, books and more.

    The Center also offers free recycling for paper, cardboard, fluorescent tubes, all types of batteries, mixed plastic, glass and metal containers, clothing including reusuable clothing, clean rags and mismatched shoes, belts etc..

    For modest fees, the Center accepts appliances, furniture, propane tanks, tires, TVs, computer monitors, large plastic items, home project debris.

    Four times per year the Center accepts household hazardous products (paints and chemicals).

    EarthMachine Composters are available at $40 plus $2.50 tax.

    Contact Colleen Abrams 508-479-2123 with questions.

  4. Abby’s House Thrift Shop – 50 High Street in Worcester accepts gently work clothing, shoes, accessories, small furniture, small household appliances, linens, dishes, etc. All proceeds from the sale of these items go toward funding the Abby’s House shelters and programs.

    • Thanks for the info! I’ve copied it to the clothing and house goods posts too.

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