Wachusett Region Recycling Events – 9/25/10

Rather than throwing our or flushing your expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications, bring them to one of the police departments that will be collecting them this Saturday, September 25th, 2010 from 10am to 2pm. The addresses I’ve noted below are listed on the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control as drop-off sites, but check with your local department to see if they are collecting too. There is no fee and no questions are asked. The aim of this program is to keep dangerous prescription drugs from contaminating our drinking and ground water or falling into the wrong hands and being misused. If your local police department isn’t participating this year, urge them to do so next year. Read this article to find out this first-ever event is so important.

135 Leominster Road, Sterling, MA

176 Chestnut Street, Clinton, MA

Elm Park, Elm and Russell Streets, Worcester, MA


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.


Bikes Not Bombs is holding a used bicycle drive at Wachusett Regional High School, Main Street, Holden, MA on Sunday, September 26, 2010 from 10am to 2pm. Bikes Not Bombs is a twenty-five year old organization based in Boston that works to “promote bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war and environmental destruction” through “bike recycling and community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of Boston and in the nations of the Global South.” Bikes should be in usable condition. The bikes will be sent to needy people in Africa and Central America. You are welcome to donate $10 to help defray shipping costs.


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).


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 are collection boxes near the registers at the Big Y on Reservoir Street, Holden, MA and inside the Holden Senior Center, 1130 Main 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.


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