Wachusett Region Recycling Events-9/17/11

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Challenge is a recycling competition for colleges. During the competition, colleges and universities implement and track the progress of a recycling program. Registration is open to schools with football teams. It’s goals are to reduce waste at football games, increase awareness of and participation in waste reduction. Participants are judged on five categories: waste reduction, greenhouse gas reduction, diversion rate, recycling, and organics reduction. Registration is open until September 30, 2011.

This is a busy weekend for recycling. Saturday’s events are:

The Holden Fire Explorers redeemable bottle and can collection will be held at the  Holden Fire Annex (old fire headquarters) on Main Street, Holden, MA from 9 am to noon.

Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center is holding its quarterly hazardous chemicals recycling event, along with its usual  bulk recycling,  from 8 to 11am. It’s also open every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 for the bulk recycling. Check the website for what they collect and the fees they charge. Also being held is the Personal Document Shredding Day, from 8am to 11am. The center is located at 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, MA and is open to residents of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling, and West Boylston.

Number 6 plastic (styrofoam) can be recycled on ReFoamIt’s recycling event from 9am to 12pm at the Grafton, MA Municipal Center, 30 Providence Rd, (enter via the Brigham Hill). There is no fee to drop off your plastics and it is open to the public. Peanuts, packing blocks, foam trays from meats and vegetables can all be recycled at this event. ReFoamIt will be in Framingham, MA in October too.

Sterling’s townwide yard sale run from 8am to 2pm.  For $20, you can have your yard sale advertised on the yard sale map. Or, for $25, reserve a spot on the town common for the day. Registration fees and map sale profits will benefit the Youth Programs at First Church. Register by September 9th  via the registration forms or pick the forms up at the library,  town hall or the church office.

Upcoming and ongoing events are:

Princeton’s townwide yard sale is scheduled for  Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 8am to 2pm. To sign up for participation (which typically gets your location on a map so people can find you) send a $25 check to First Congregational Church of Princeton, UCC, Attn: Yard sale, 14 Mountain Rd., Princeton, 01541 before September 15th.

The Friends of Richards Memorial Library at 44 Richards Avenue in Paxton, MA is currently collecting donations for their annual book sale. Donations should be dropped off during business hours prior to September 30th, 2011. The group is looking for donations of books for all ages, children’s games and puzzles, movie DVDs or VHS tapes, music CDs, or books on tape/CD.

Gently-used children’s books can also be donated to the Sterling Fire Department for their literacy partnership with Reading Tree, a non-profit organization that supplies books to  disadvantaged kids in the region. The collection box is located in the rear of the fire department’s parking lot at 5 Main Street, Sterling, MA so donations can be made any time.

Start planning for the Jordan’s Furniture’s annual Coats for Kids donation event and the DEA’s prescription medicine recycling event, both should be happening in October.


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