Recycling During the Holidays – Winter 2010

First, a few upcoming recycling events:

This is short notice but…Davis Hill School’s Annual Ski and Winter Sports Equipment Swap is being held this Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 9AM – 12PM. This is an opportunity for you to make some money on your old ski and sports equipment. Davis Hill gets 20% of the selling price, you get the rest! Consignments can be brought to the school (80 Jamieson Rd. Holden, MA) on Friday, December 3rd from 5 to 8 pm. Items that can be sold are: downhill or cross country skis, poles, and boots, snowboards, ice and hockey skates, hockey pads and helmets, and equipment for any other winter sport you can think of. They will also be collecting wearable winter coats, hats, gloves/mittens, boots, thermals, and sweaters (for adults, children, and infants) to be given to those in need. Contact Jeff Copeland at (508-829-2748) or with questions.

Tangled Salon, 353 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA, is collecting gently-used winter coats and canned or dry foods through January 2, 2011. Drop off your donations during business hours or call (508) 796-5601 got more information.

As we’ve entered the holiday season, I thought it would be interesting to pull together a few ideas of how to recycle materials we commonly use during this time. There are several winter coat drives and food collections going on, which you can read about in this and other recent posts under the Events category. But you can also recycle holiday lights and cards, styrofoam, and craft goods too.

You can send used and unused greeting cards (the full card or just the front) to the St. Jude’s Ranch Recycled Card Program. New cards are created and sold through St. Jude’s. Send cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Recycled Card Program, 100 St Jude’s Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. Greeting cards can be brought to the Wachusett Recycled Resource Center, Boyden Road, Holden MA so kids can use them for their crafts.

After you’ve pulled the big screen TV, stereo, or microwave oven from its box, save those large pieces of #6 packing styrofoam for ReFoamIt’s styrofoam collection on Jan 8, 2011. The collection will be held at the Grace Congregational Church, 76 Salem End Rd, Framingham, MA. It is open to anyone.

Send your old incandescent colored holiday lights to for recycling and receive a coupon good for 25% off items on their website. Check out their website for a description of just how they will recycle your old lights – very interesting!

Craft items can be donated to the Wachusett Recycled Resource Center, Boyden Road, Holden MA. Items like ribbons, bows, beads, buttons, shells, wrapping paper, craft paper, craft wire, or fabric that can be used for crafts are accepted.

You may be thinking of updating your home with new furniture before the guests come for a visit. If your furniture is in really good condition, you can bring it to a consignment shop and make some money from its sale. Still Life Home Consignment, 68 Tower Street, Hudson, MA and Consignment Gallery at 56 accept consignments of furniture and other home furnishings.

If it’s not in mint condition but is still usable, consider donating it to a family in need. Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance’s Donations Clearinghouse takes donations of furniture and household goods for reuse. Call 508-791-7265 x22 to schedule a pick up. They have scheduled days that they visit various towns – see their website for those specifics. You can drop off items to them at 7-11 Bellevue Street, Worcester, MA during these hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am & 1 – 4:00pm; Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Abby’s House Thrift Shop (50 High Street in Worcester) accepts donations of small furniture, small household appliances, linens, dishes, and similar items that they then sell in their thrift shop. The Willis Center (119 Forest Street Worcester, MA) also accepts donations of new and gently used furniture and household goods. Contact  them at (508) 799-0702 ext. 135.

Happy recycling!


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