Wachusett Region Recycling Events-8/25/12


The Princeton Police Department is holding a Prescription Drug Take Back event for Princeton town residents on Saturday, September 29th from 9am to 3pm at the station, 8 Town Hall Drive. Unused or outdated household prescription medications are being collected so that they can be properly disposed of.

Just in time for the upcoming school year, exchange your old worn binder for $2 off a new one at Staples. TerraCycle, Avery and Staples are working together on this initiative to recycle old binders. Click on this link for more info and to find a Staples near you. You’ll want to check with them to see when this event ends. There are several Staples stores near the Wachusett region: 541B Lincoln St., Worcester, 571 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA, and 436 Southbridge Street (Rt 12), Auburn, MA.

RecycleBowl registration is now open! Any elementary, middle or high school in the US and District of Columbia can enter to compete either against all schools in the nation or all schools in their home state. During the collection tracking period, keep track of your school’s onsite recycling efforts and log it on the RecycleBowl website (because only onsite recycling counts in this competition, schools that participate in community recycling are not eligible to participate). Win a gift card just for completing your online reporting or win up to $1000 by recycling the most material. See their website for rules and the list of acceptable materials. Registration ends on October 9th.

Donate your summer reading to the Friends of Richards Memorial Library annual book sale. Donations are being accepted during business hours. Adult and young adult fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are accepted, as are CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and games. The library is located at 44 Richards Avenue. The book sale will be held on September 28 and 29, 2012 so all donations must be received before then.

Book donations are also being sought by the Gale Free Library (23 Highland Street, Rt 31, Holden, MA) to restock their new Book Cellar of used books for sale to the public. Donations can be left on the lower level outside the Cellar during the library’s business hours. Adult and children’s fiction, nonfiction, CDs, and DVDs are accepted.

Sterling, Ma will be holding its 7th annual townwide yard sale on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 8am to 2pm. Register your yard sale for a fee of $20 and hold it in your own yard or pay $25 and set up your sale on the town common. Also in September is the 16th annual Princeton, MA  townwide yard sale. This one will be held on the  will be held on September 29, 2012 from 8am-2pm.  Pay $25 to the First Congregational Church of Princeton, UCC to get your location listed on the map sold to customers.


Donations are being accepted by the Friends of Mechanics Hall (of Princeton, MA) as they participate in the  Princeton Townwide Yard Sale being held on Saturday, September 29th to benefit Princeton’s Mechanics Hall. This is a fundraising event to help preserve a historical town building. Email them at yardsale@mechanicshall.net with a description of your items prior to dropping them off. Donations can be dropped off at Mechanics Hall, 104 Main Street, on Saturday, September 5th from 10am to 12pm and Tuesday, September 18th from 4 to 6pm. Other arrangements can be made by emailing them. Go to the Friends’ website for more information about Mechanics Hall as well as the various events to Friends are running.

The Princeton Historical Society is also looking for donations for the yard sale they are holding in conjunction with the townwide yard sale on September 29th. Household items, except clothing and appliances can be dropped off at the Princeton Center on Boylston Avenue on Thursday, September 27th between 10am and 2pm. Email pincetonmahistory@gmail.com with questions.

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.

The Rail Trail’s Welcome Center is in need of some items as it prepares to open to the public, so they’ve put together a wish list. If you can contribute any items in the list below, get in touch with Chuck Belanger (cgbelanger@msn.com) or Christy Barnes (bertinbarnes@verizon.net).

  • Ten energy-efficient double hung windows
  • Supplies for construction of shelves for the cellar and closets
  • Wainscoting material and cabinet hardware for the kitchen
  •  A new kitchen countertop
  • A secure locking mechanism for the Welcome Room door
  • Basic household items: cleaning material, paper towels, toilet tissue, etc.
  • Bathroom accessories: a mirror, soap and paper dispenser, etc.
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