Wachusett Area Recycling Events – 8/21/10

If you’re ready to do a fall clean up of your house, consider participating the in the events below. These are good opportunities to get rid of a wide range of items that someone else can use.

Donations are being accepted until Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 for the Sterling Senior Center Volunteers Annual Yard Sale.  Donations can be dropped off at the Senior Center, 1 Park Street, Sterling, MA. Call the center at 978-422-3032 for more information. You don’t have to be a Sterling resident to donate your goods.

The 14th annual Princeton Town-Wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, from 8 am to 2 pm. Pay $25 to the First Congregational Church of Princeton to get your address listed on the yard sale map. Call the church at 978-464-2837 for more information.

Sterling’s annual town-wide yard sale is being held on Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 8am to 2pm. The cost is $20 to be included on the town map of yard sales or $25 to have a spot on the town common. Registration forms are available at the Conant Public Library (4 Meetinghouse Road, Sterling, MA) and Town Hall (Butterick Municipal Building, 1 Park Street). For more information, contact Linda Davis at 978-563- 1773 or davisfarmers@comcast.net, or Vicki Gaw at 978-422-7249 or vgaw@ieee.org.


Finished with your summer beach reading? Donate hard cover and soft cover adult/children fiction or non-fiction books to the Firends of the Library sale in your town. DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, childrens puzzles, and books-on-tape or CD are also accepted. Several towns have scheduled their sales and are looking for donations.

The Friends of the Gale Free Library (Holden, MA) are looking for donations for sales that start August 24, 2010. Donations will be accepted up until then to give them time to sort and organize for the sale. Items can be dropped off at the Gale Free Library, 23 Highland Street, Holden, MA.

The Friends of Richards Memorial Library will be holding their sale on October 1st & 2nd, 2010 and will be accepting donations until then.  They are looking for children’s picture books in particular this year.  The library is located at 44 Richards Ave, Paxton, MA.


Paxton’s Emergency Management Team is looking for donations of items to used at an emergency shelter in the event of an disaster. Their budget did not allow for the purchase of these items. They are looking for children’s arts and craft items, coloring books and crayons in like-new condition, toiletries (unopened packages of soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, small unopened bottles of shampoo, etc), canned fruit, packaged energy/power bars. They are looking for other items people are less likely to have on hand that are not listed here. Call the team at (508) 791-6600 to arrange a drop-off of donated items or find out what else they need.

Boy Scout Troop 151 redeemable can and bottle drives are held on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Major Edwards Elementary School, 70 Crescent St.

Recycle your #6 styrofoam at a collection event held by ReFoamIt and KWD Warehouse. The collection event will be held at Grace Congregational Church, 76 Salem End Road, Framingham, MA on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 10am to 3pm. The Styrofoam/polystyrene packaging, food trays, or coffee cups must display the number 6 with PS below it and must be free of tape and food particles. The event is open to anyone and is free. They are also collecting plastic utensils and corded electronic equipment for recycling (there is a fee for electronics recycling).

If you have non-perishable foods you’re not going to eat, why not donate them? 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. There is also a collection box near the registers at the Big Y on Reservoir Street, Holden, MA for packaged Wachusett Food Pantry donations. Food donations can be dropped off at St. Patrick’s (290 Main Street, Rutland, MA) and the First Congregational Churches (264 Main Street, Rutland, MA) any time.

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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