Wachusett Region Recycling Events-5/12/12

Well, I guess I saved last week’s post as a draft rather than sending it. So it went out today, even though some info is outdated. I just couldn’t delete it. We’ve got some new entries this week.

Leave a few canned goods out by your mailbox for your postal carrier to pick up this Saturday, May 12, 2012 for their aptly named Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Cub Scouts in West Boylston, MA are collecting your redeemable bottles and cans. They will be in the lot at the intersection of routes 140 (aka West Boylston or Shrewsbury Street) and 70 (Main Street) this Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 10am to 3pm. West Boylston Boy Scout Troop 151 is also running a redeemable bottle and can drive at the Major Edwards Elementary school, Crescent Street, West Boylston, MA, from 10am-1pm. All returnable bottles and cans accepted.

There are a few days left to donate to 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.

Saturday, May 19th, 2012 is the day to bring your hazardous materials to the Wachusett Watershed Recycling Center at 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, MA. Residents of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling, and West Boylston can come to the center on Saturday from 8am to 11am for hazardous and bulk recycling. Personal documents will also be accepted for shredding that day. The center is also open Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 for bulk recycling (free & fee). Check their website for the extensive lists of items they take.

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


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