Wachusett Region Recycling Events-4/7/12

Several new opportunities to recycle bottles and cans, non-perishable food, personal care items, books, DVDs, CDs, and prescription drugs are coming up in April…

Boy Scout Troop 180 is collecting non-perishable food items and personal care products to be donated to the Wachusett Food Pantry. Items can be dropped off to the Boy Scouts this Saturday, April 7, 1012, from 9am to noon at the Rocky’s in Big Y Plaza, Reservoir Street, Holden, the Stop & Shop on West Boylston Street in Worcester, and the Wal-Mart on West Boylston Street in West Boylston. Buy an extra canned good or two while you shop, then drop it off to the Boy Scouts on your way back to your car.

Earth Day is April 22, 2012. Visit the Earth Day website to find out about events that are going on in your area or learn how to create your own event. Some events currently listed are: the Framingham Earth Day Festival, Wachusett Paranormal Research Group’s Paranormal Trash Pick-up, and Boston’s GreenFilmFest.

Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center is open every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30pm and on Saturday,  April 21, 2012 from 8 to 11am for recycling. Residents in the towns of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling, and West Boylston, MA are welcome to bring a range of recyclable items for drop off. Their website is a great resource to bookmark – you’ll always have access to their calendar and the list of items that they take for a fee or free.

Boy Scout Troop 189 is holding a redeemable bottle can can drive on Saturday, April 14, 2012. It will be held at the Sterling DPW (171 Worcester Road, Sterling, MA) from 8am to 2pm, rain or shine. Any bottle or can that is redeemable in Massachusetts can be donated.

Rutland’s Town-wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 8am to 2pm. Have a sale in your own yard or join others on the lower common to sell your stuff. Get your location put on a map for shoppers for $15 or reserve your spot on the common for $20 before March 31st (the prices rise by $5 after that). Check the town’s website for more information. Check out my recent and upcoming posts on how to get ready for a yard sale.

The Unites States Drug Enforcement Agency’s Prescription Medication Take-back event is being held on April 28, 2012. Bring your securely wrapped prescription drugs to participating police stations for drop off. No names will be taken and no questions will be asked. This is one of the best ways to prevent prescription medications from being misused or improperly disposed of.  Police stations in Rutland, Leicester, and Shrewsbury, MA will take your dropoffs between 10am and 2pm. Check the website for other locations. The November 2011 event collection 11.5 TONS of old unused prescription drugs across the US. This keeps it out of the hands of people, possibly children, who might misuse them, and out of the our drinking water.

We’ve had a virtually snowless winter so it’s easy to get at your garden. Consider donating plants that are getting overgrown to the Wachusett Garden Club’s annual plant sale. The club is looking for donations of perennial plants and bulbs for the sale to be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Contact the club at 774-239-7151 or onlinewgc@yahoo.com if you’d like them to do the digging or to pick up your donation. Donations should be made by May 5, 2012.

Join the sixth annual Worcester: The City That Reads Give A Book Drive to provide summer reading books to kids wouldn’t normally have access to reading materials. Books are being collected at many locations through May 15, 2012. The drive is collecting new and gently-used books from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade readers. Book drives are being held at Worcester’s high schools, colleges, universities, private schools and many businesses. Additional drop-off locations are: all city branches of People’s United Bank, Commerce Bank, Millbury Savings, and Bay State Savings Bank; the Tatnuck Square branch of Bank of America; Worcester and Millbury Credit Unions; Stop & Shops on Lincoln, Grafton and West Boylston streets; Shaw’s Supermarkets on West Boylston Street and Webster Square; the Price Chopper on East Mountain Street; the Worcester Senior Center; the Worcester Public Library; Starbucks on West Boylston Street; Light Labs; the DCU Center; the Worcester Sharks; the Jewish Community Center; and the Greendale YMCA. If your business is interested in holding a drive, call (508) 853-3444.

The Friends of the Gale Free Library in Holden, MA (23 Highland Street) is collecting books for this year’s used book sales. Gently-used adult and children’s books can be dropped off at the library during business hours. In addition to fiction books, they will accept books on all types of hobbies (cooking, sports, woodworking, antiques, computers, etc.). They are also looking for DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks.

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