Wachusett Region Recycling Events-4/28/12

The third installment of my posts about yard sales is still pending. While you’re waiting for that, peruse the recycling events that are coming up.

This Saturday, the following events are happening:

  • Bring your styrofoam and number 6 plastic to Grace Congregation Church, 76 Salem End Road in Framingham, MA, between 10am and 3pm for ReFoamIt‘s recycling event. Voluntary donations can be made at the Framingham event, which is open to the public.
  • Rutland’s Town-wide Yard Sale will be held 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.
  • At the Unites States Drug Enforcement Agency’s Prescription Medication Take-back event, 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.

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.

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 Garden Club is looking for donations of plants from your own gardens for its annual plant sale. 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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