Wachusett Region Recycling Events


Recycle your old unwanted electronics at the Electronic Recycling Event at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 111 Worcester Street, West Boylston, MA on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Household electronics will be accepted for a fee.

Join the March to a Million cell phone recycling event by working with your local middle school or high school to collect cell phones and enter a drawing to win an environmental initiative grant for your school. Samsung has partnered with Kaleidoscope Community partners for this program. Even if you don’t win a grant, collecting and recycling cell phones is great for the environment.

Those of you with perennials or bulbs in your garden that are overgrown or in need of dividing can donate some of those to the Wachusett Garden Club’s annual plant sale, to be held on May 8, 2010. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund scholarships and to promote horticultural education. Email onlinewgc@yahoo.com or call 978-464-5174 to coordinate a donation or get more information.

It’s spring. Time for high school students to think about proms. And time for those of you who’ve attended proms in recent years to think about donating your dress to someone else. Give your dress another opportunity to give someone a special night.

Wachusett’s DECA club is collecting dresses through March 26th. Contact Carole Jeffcoat (Carole_Jeffcoat@ wrsd.net or 508-829-6771, ext. 2072) to find out how to donate.

Prom dresses can be donated to WHEAT Community Services Hidden Treasures Thrift Store (80 High Street, Clinton, MA) to be purchased by others for $5-10. Call (978) 365-3085 for more information.

As you clean out your closets and bag up your clothing for donation, keep the men’s suits, suit coats, pants, dress shirts, ties, belts, and shoes aside. Three members of St. Mary’s Church confirmation class will come to collect them during the week of April 10th to 17th for donation to the Veteran’s Administration on Grove Street, Worcester. Email Patrickmdowd@aol.com, Dohertyfam7@msn.com, or Asachse@charter.net or call 508-829-3694 or 508-479-9705 to arrange a pick up.

Donate hard cover and soft cover adult/childrens books to the Friends of the Gale Free Library or the Friends of the Princeton Library for their 2010 annual books sales. Fiction and non-fiction books on any topic are welcome. They can be dropped off at the Gale Free Library, 23 Highland St (Route 31), Holden, MA during business hours, or on the porch of Princeton’s Mechanics Hall (104 Main Street, Route 140, East Princeton, MA). Books appropriate pre-kindergarten to 8th grade can also be donated to Commerce Bank’s Give a Book Drive. Books can be dropped off at the Holden branch (386 Main Street, Holden, MA) or the Worcester branches (386 Main Street, 11 Park Avenue, 560 Park Avenue, or 993 Grafton Street) through May 15, 2010.

Two recycling events will be held at the Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center (131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston) during May 2010. On May 1 from 8am to 12pm, paints and household chemicals will be collected for $5 per gallon or $2 a pound. On May 15th from 8am to 12pm, electronics, appliances and bulk items will be collected. Fees range from $2 for small appliances to $40 for large propane tanks. Collection events are open to residents of the towns of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Rutland, Sterling, and West Boylston. More information can be found at each town’s website.

If you have non-perishable foods you’re not going to eat, why not donate them? You may have bought one too many cans of of green beans for the holiday casserole that you haven’t yet eaten. Or you mistakenly bought crunchy, not smooth, peanut butter.

Unopened perishable items and personal care items, such as toothbrushes and soap, can be donated at Herlihy Insurance in the Rutland Plaza, 83 Main Street, Rutland, MA, 2nd floor) and Rutland Pharmacy, 18 Maple Avenue, Rutland, MA. The Rutland Girls Scouts are holding this drive throughout 2010.

Gale Free Library (Highland Street, Holden, MA) is collecting non-perishable foods for donation to the Wachusett Food Pantry in lieu of book fines through the month of April.

Rutland residents can get rid of anything in their house that they don’t want by signing up for the Town-wide yard sale to be held on April 24, 2010 from 8am to 2pm. The cost is $20 and applications can be picked up at townofrutland.net and the library.

Donate wheelchairs, strollers, crutches, and canes to the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program so they can be shipped for use in Haiti. Drop them off the at Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA between 9 and 3 Monday through Friday.

Bring baby clothing, baby diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby rice, cereal and infant/childrens vitamins to any Aubuchon Hardware store so they can be sent to an orphanage in Haiti. They hope to also send adult clothing, medical supplies, household items, hygiene items such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets and towels.

Bring your gently worn shoes or boots of any kind to UPS stores at 800 Main Street, Holden, MA, 210 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA or 482 Southbridge St, Auburn, MA for donation to Soles4Souls. This local drive aims to collect 100,000 pairs of gently worn shoes to donate to those in the US and around the world. Recent news: click here.

Contact Brian Wood, a Boy Scout with a troop from Sutton, MA to have your automobile, truck, motorcycle or boat’s lead acid battery picked up at your home and properly recycled by a company in Sterling, MA. His email address is: j.wood36@yahoo.com.

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