Wachusett Region Recycling Events – 5/8/10

Students at Rutland’s Glenwood Elementary School are collecting juice pouches and sending them to Terracycle to be recycled into things like totes and lunch boxes. By sending in 15, 700 Capri Sun, Honest Kids, and other brand of  pouches, the school has earned $300. If you  know a Glenwood student, give them your juice pouches for recycling. Or mail them to Glenwood Elementary School, 65 Glenwood Road, Rutland, MA 01543 (label the mailing ‘drink pouches’). Any school, non-profit organization or individual can sign up and send in collected pouches.

Paxton’s Town Wide Yard Sale is Saturday,  June 5, 2010. A great way to get rid of anything you don’t want. Pay a fee and get on the map to be sure people know where you are.

Drop your redeemable cans and bottles off to the Paxton Boy Scouts on Saturday, May 15th. You’ll find them on the town common from 9am to 1pm.

Donate hard cover and soft cover adult/children 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.

On May 15th from 8am to 12pm, electronics, appliances, and bulk items will be collected at the Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center (131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston).   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, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling, and West Boylston. More information can be found at their town 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. On May8th, leave your non-perishable items by your mail box for the National Association of Letter Carriers’  Stamp Out Hunger food drive. They are collecting items like canned meats, fish, or soup, juice, pasta or rice, or cereal.

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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