Wachusett Region Recycling Events

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. 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.

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.

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. Bring your overdue books and food donation to the library during business hours.


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