Wachusett Region Recycling Events – 4/2/11

We are nearing the end of tax season, which prompts me to remind you that you’ll want to get receipts or at least keep track of the value of items you donate during 2011. Many donations can be tax deductible and some rules kick in if the amount or value of the donation is over a certain amount. Check with your tax advisor or read the tax form instructions for more information.


Earthday is April 22, 2011. Check out their website for information on how to participate in a local event.


Today is the last day to donate your gently-used baseball and softball equipment to Boston Red Sox Foundation’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program. Donations can be brought to any Jordan’s Furniture location.  They will accept gently-used metal bats, batter and catcher helmets, fielder and catcher gloves, chest protectors, shin guards, and metal/plastic cleats. It is also the last day to donate prom dresses to their Belle of the Ball promotion. Gently worn dresses can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture or Anton’s Cleaners location.

There is still time to donate  prom dresses and accessories to Clinton’s WHEAT Community Services. Call their Hidden Treasures store, 180 High Street, Clinton, at (978) 365-3085 for more information.


Bring your old electronic  items to the recycling event at Our Lady of Good Council Church  at 111 Worcester Street, West Boylston, MA on Saturday, April 9, 2011. You don’t have to be a town resident to participate. Small fees are charged.


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. I usually clean through my files when I’m preparing my taxes, as all that type of paperwork is stored together. You can research online to find the recommended time frames for how long you should keep any records.


It may be hard to think about spring flowers with six inches of wet snow on the ground,. But the Wachusett Garden Club plant sale is scheduled for May 7, 2011 and they are looking for donations. If you have overgrown plants in your garden, divide them, pot them, and donate them to the Club. Or contact the Club and they will come and do it for you. For more information call Lis Murphy at 978-464- 5932.


Rutland’s Town Wide Yard Sale will be held on April 30, 2011, rain or shine (or snow). Gather anything you want to get rid of and put a price on it. For a fee, residents can be listed on a map that will be available to shoppers. Space will be made available on the town common for those on the outskirts of town. Check the town website to find out how to get on the map.


Donate your books to Wachusett Greenways for their fundraising effort … not all your books though. They are looking for books on hobbies like farming, woodworking, knitting, textbooks on high level math or medicine, sports, literature, or even car repair. Contact Ann Gillespie at birdcarve@charter.net or (508) 829-2731 to coordinate a drop off prior to their April 14, 2011 annual meeting.


The Wachusett Earthday Recycling Center, 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, will be open from 2:30-4:30pm every Wednesday in April and from 8-11am on Saturday, April 16, 2011 for their bulk item and quarterly hazardous waste collection. Check their website to find out what they collect and which items require a fee.


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.

ReFoamIt will also hold an event at Grace Church in Framingham on July 23rd and in Grafton on May 14th.


Also on Saturday, April 30, 2011, is the 2nd annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Last year, 242,000 pounds of drugs were turned in. Why bother to safely dispose of old prescription drugs? To keep kids from using or selling old drugs in they find in medicine cabinets and to keep the drugs out of our sewers and drinking water. Any medication in pill, tablet, or capsule form will be collected. The collection runs from 10am to 2pm. Locally, collections will take place at the Rutland Police Department (242 Main St.) and Sterling Police Department (135 Leominster Road). Check the website for other  collection locations.


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.


Donate you old point-and-shoot camera to the One-Shot Project before May 15, 2011. Cameras and equipment 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 on postage payment assistance.

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


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