Wachusett Region Recycling Events-4/21/12

Spring seems to have sprung in the last day or so, although the weather for the weekend isn’t looking great. Don’t let that stop you from participating in the various recycling opportunities that are scheduled. If you’re not already receiving this weekly blog post via email, please sign up in the widget on the right hand side of the page. I have 19 followers (all but one are not related to me) and I’d love to get this information out to more people.

You have two opportunities to have your personal documents shredded in bulk in April and May. You can make a day of it and head down to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Rhode Island on Saturday, April 21st, 2012. Get your sensitive paperwork shredded at their annual Shred-It event between 8 and 11am, then head in to see the team play the Durham Bulls at 1pm. Only paper documents will be accepted and the event is free to everyone.  A little closer to home, you’ll have an opportunity to get some shredding done on May 19th. Details on that event will be posted in the coming weeks. Shredding personal documents is one way to prevent identity theft.

Holden’s Gale Free Library is looking for donations of new or gently-used LEGOs, DUPLOs and MEGA blocks for their children’s room. In addition, 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. Each year, they start from scratch to stock up for their book sales, so your donations are meaningful. Any donations should be made during business hours, which are available on their website.

If you have equine tack or other riding or barn related items, you can rent a table at the  Bay State Trail Riders Association (BSTRA) Tack Sale being held on Saturday, April 21, 2012.  All types of items, from tack (like saddles, bridles, or blankets) to barn equipment ( for example, grooming tools, buckets, cross ties) to riding or show gear (think chaps,boots, hats or show clothes) will be sold at this event. The sale will be held at the Oliver Ashton American Legion Post, 198 Church Avenue, Northbridge, MA from 9am to 1pm. Tables can be rented for $25.  This is a good opportunity to sell some of your unused items to those who want them and to do a little shopping for the upcoming riding and show season. Or, consider donating items to the BSTRA so they can sell them and use the proceeds for their programs. Call 508-476-3960 or email bstra@charter.net for more information or to rent a table.

The Kelley Backpacks Program creates backpacks of urgently needed materials for children who are being placed in foster care. The kids sometimes have very little to take with them when they are removed from their homes.  The backpacks are given to the children after they get medical checkups at UMass Memorial Hospital prior to going into foster care. The program is looking for donations of new or “good-as-new” backpacks, pajamas, underwear, socks, hats, gloves or mittens and baby wipes, as well as stuffed animals, blankets, personal hygiene items, toys and games, books, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, diapers and formula are also welcome. For more information about the program or how to donate, email kelleybackpacks@gmail.com.

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. The next hazardous materials collection will be held next month. 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.

ReFoamit is holding two #6 plastic/styrofoam recycling events that are open to the public. On April 21st, go to the Brigham Hill entrance of the Grafton Municipal Center between 9am and 12pm. on April 28th, bring your recycling to Grace Congregation Church, 76 Salem End Road in Framingham, MA, between 10am and 3pm. A small fee of $1 per bag or $5 per carload will be charged in Grafton and voluntary donations can be made at the Framingham event.

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. If you are holding an event or are planning to attend one, please post the information here so others can read about it.

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.


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