Wachusett Region Recycling Events-3/12/11

Last Saturday, Central Massachusetts enjoyed a pleasurable weather day, something we hadn’t had since sometime late last year, as far as the temperatures were concerned. I imagine it inspired a lot of people to get out and enjoy it. I spent the day trying to reroute the water in my yard away from my house and enjoying the ‘warm’ weather. So I was a little surprised to see that it was also the day this blog received the most visitors ever.  At first I wondered why so many people were inside on the computer. But perhaps you checked the blog before you started your day, looking to see where you could recycle what you have, as the warm weather made it easier to gather those recyclables and get out to the drop-off sites. Good for you! And thank you for visiting!

Some of the events below have deadlines, so be aware of those.


The West Boylston Boy Scout Troop 151 can and bottle drive is running this Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 10 am to 1 pm at Major Edwards Elementary School, 70 Crescent St., West Boylston, MA. The will collect any can or bottle that is redeemable in MA.


Start saving your #6 polystyrene (Styrofoam-type materials with the recycling symbol 6 in the triangle with PS on it) for ReFoamIt‘s next recycling event – April 30, 2011 at Grace Church, Framingham, MA, from 10am to 3pm. The drop-off site is located at 76 Salem End Rd., Framingham, MA and anyone is able to participate. Materials that will be collected are: packing blocks (used to stabilize things like TV or computers in their boxes), packing peanuts, coffee cups that are pure polystyrene with no cardboard infused in it, meat trays and take-out containers, and even those large coolers that can be bought at grocery stores. They will also be collecting plastic forks, knives, and spoons, but keep these separate from the Styrofoam.


Wachusett Regional High School’s DECA Chapter is collecting gently-used prom dresses for their annual ‘A Dress to Remember’ event. The dresses will be available to Wachusett students on March 5th and March 19th, 2011 to try on for the upcoming prom season so donations should be given by March 18th. Call the school at 508-829-6771 to find out how to donate.


The Wachusett Earthday Recycling Center, 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, will be open from 2:30-4:30pm every Wednesday in March and from 8-11am on Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 8-11am.


Holden, MA will be holding a Personal Document Shredding day on April 9, 2011. Bring any personal documents that need shredding to the Holden Senior Center from 8am to noon on that day.


Non-perishable food items will be collected in lieu of fines at the Gale Free Library during the month of March 2011. Bring your food donations to the circulation desk. All donations will be given to the Wachusett Food Pantry.


The fifth annual Worcester: The City that Reads book drive hopes to collect 25,000 books that will be donated to schools and local organizations. Gently-used or new books will be collected through May 15, 2011. Keep an eye out for collection sites in the city of Worcester. For more information, call John or Anne-Marie Monfredo at (508) 853-3444 for more information.


The One-Shot Project is hoping to put together 20 DSLR camera and equipment setups before May 15, 2011. These camera packages will be brought to Iraq to so that children ages 10-17 living in below average conditions can be given an artistic-vocational opportunity. Your working point-and-shoot camera can be mailed to the address below. See their website for information postage payment assistance.

Millennium Relief and Development
Iraq – Photography Project
5116 Bissonnet #358
Bellaire, TX 77401


Drop off books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and audio books to the new “Got Books” collection container in the parking lot of Naquag Elementary School, 285 Main Street, Rutland, MA. The school’s Parent-Teacher organization will receive 3 cents per pound of collected material.


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. He’ll also collect your scrap metal and old appliances for recycling. His email address is: j.wood36@yahoo.com.


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 6pm for donation drop-offs.


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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  1. ReFoamIt also has a Styrofoam Recycling Day scheduled on May 14 in Grafton. Details about this event will be posted on http://www.refoamit.com. This event is open to non-residents of Grafton!

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