Wachusett Region Recycling Events – 9/11/10

Beginning in September 2010, the Wachusett Watershed Recycling Center (131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, MA) will be open each Wednesday from 2 to 4 pm and the third Saturday of each month from 8 to 11 am for general collections. Hazardous products collections of paints and chemicals are scheduled for two Saturday this fall, September 18, 2010 and November 20, 2010 from 8 to 11 am. The Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling, and West Boylston MA town websites have information about fees.


Yard sales are a great way to get rid of all kinds of things you no longer need. You can sell things for as little as 25 cents or even give some items away for free. Here are three upcoming yard sales you can join:

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.

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. The deadline to register is September 10th. 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.

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.


The Friends of Richards Memorial Library will be holding their annual used book fair on October 1st & 2nd, 2010 and will be accepting donations until then.  They are looking for children’s picture books in particular this year. Adult fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, children’s puzzles, and books-on-tape or CD are also accepted.  The library is located at 44 Richards Ave, Paxton, MA.


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).


Redeemable bottles and cans are being collected by the West Boylston Boy Scouts on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Major Edwards Elementary School, 70 Crescent St., from 10am to 1pm.


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


Non-perishable food items can be donated at the following places:

Unopened non-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 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 brought to St. Patrick’s (290 Main Street, Rutland, MA) and the First Congregational Churches (264 Main Street, Rutland, MA) any time.

The West Boylston Community Food Pantry, 26 Central St., is looking for donations of paper products, like toilet paper and paper towels, as well as food items. The pantry is open every third Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m for donation dropoffs.

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.

If you know of other donation locations, let me know so I can add them to the list.


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