Wachusett Region Recycling Events-6/30/12

The Worcester Regional Association of Realtors Community Action Committee is asking for donations to its annual Backpack Drive. They are collecting new backpacks and school supplies to give to needy kids this upcoming school year. New items like pens, pencils, glue, glue stick, notebooks, folders, crayons, colored pencils, rulers, tape, and all those things that classrooms need are requested. In the Wachusett region, donations can be dropped off to the Janice Mitchell realty office at 1023 Main Street between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday, from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays, and from 11am to pm on Sundays.

Send any unwanted denim (jeans, skirts, jackets, bags) to CottonFromBlueToGreen so it can be turned into home insulation. In 2006, its first year of denim collection, over 14.5 thousand pieces of denim were collected. Thanks to “EcoErek” and his mom for letting me know about this resource. Erek is an 11 year old from Ohio who is collecting unwanted denim and shoes to recycle, partnering with CottonFromBlueToGreen and local businesses to hold drives and place collection boxes in businesses in his local area. Check out his website to learn his story and get some recycling tips.

In Sterling, MA, Hiram O. Walker American Legion Post 189 is taking donations of ink and laser cartridges, cell phones, GPS devices, MP3 players, laptops, and digital cameras. They will recycle donations items for proceeds that will be put towards the legion hall’s floor repair. Items can be dropped off to the legion hall (32 School Street), Sterling Town Hall (1 Park Street) or Light Department (50 Main Street), Sterling DPW Recycling Center (171 Worcester Road), the Clinton Savings Bank (1 Main Street), or Leominster Credit Union (7 Main Street) in Sterling.

According to an article in the Holden Landmark 6/21/12), the Friends of the Gale Free Library are currently not collecting donations of used books. They will be holding their annual book sale in August and opening their Book Cellar bargain basement on June 28th, and suggest holding on to donations until they issue calls when they need to replenish their stock in the future.

The Holden police department, along with the Millbury police department, are accepting unwanted medication at their new kiosks. Now residents can safely dispose of unwanted medications  any time of the year. The kiosks are located inside the police stations for security reasons but medications can be dropped off anonymously with no questions asked and at no cost.

Do you have a guitar or set of drums you aren’t using any more? Paxton Center School is looking for donations of musical instruments for their educational program. Call 508-798-8576 to arrange your donation.


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