Wachusett Region Recycling Events-11/17/12


Join Commerce Bank in its annual drive to collect non-perishable food for the needy. Canned or boxed foods can be dropped off the any Commerce Bank location during business hours through November 16th. Here are a few locations: 1057 Main St., Holden; 226 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury; 386 Main St., 11 Park Ave,, 560 Park ave, 993 Grafton St., 451 Lincoln St, all in Worcester. Your donations of cereal, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and other goods will help some families feed themselves nutritious food. And you don’t have to be a bank customer to donate.

Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center at 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, MA, is open each Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 pm except for the day before Thanksgiving. They accept a number of items for free, such as batteries, bicycles, redeemable bottles and cans, and #6 styrofoam. Other items, such as TVs, computer monitors, small appliances, furniture, and tires, are accepted for a fee. It’s also open for hazardous materials recycling on Saturday, November 17th from 8am to noon.  See their website for more information about what they collect, and the fees they charge.

If you have usable ski, snowboard, ice hockey, or skating equipment you’d like to sell, this is your chance. Westboro’s Explorer Post 85 Emergency Service Squad is holding their 45th annual ski swap on December 8th. Bring your items to Hastings School on Route 30 in Westboro on Friday, December 7th between 7 and 9pm. You determine the price and get 85% of it if your items sell. The remaining 15% is considered a donation to the explorers. If your items don’t sell, you can pick them up at 1pm on the 8th after the sale, or leave them as a donation to the explorers. All items must be in good condition. There are some requirements for ski bindings and boots for safety reasons. Go to their website to download the ‘intake’ form, check whether your boots and bindings can be sold, and for any other information the sale. Another opportunity to recycle winter sports equipment is the annual swap at Davis Hill School in Holden is planned for December 1st. Details will be posted when available.

Donate your gently-used winter coats to the One Warm Coat drive at JC Penney at the Mall at Whitney Field, 100 Commercial Drive, Leominster. Adults, kids and infants winter coats and jackets are being collected until December 21st. Coat drives are also being held at other locations – see the One Warm Coat website to search for convenient locations all over the country.

ReFoamIt will be holding #6 plastic, aka Styrofoam, recycling events in early January 2013. Hold onto the packing peanuts and bricks your holiday gifts come in for recycling at these events.

As we’re working our way towards Thanksgiving, you may be thinking about putting up holiday lights around your yard or house. If you find that your strings of lights don’t work, you can recycle them. Send them to HolidayLEDS and they will pass them along to a third-party recycler. In return, they will give you a 25% coupon off HolidayLEDs.com LED Christmas lights. You can send your lights to HolidayLEDs.com, Attn: Recycling Program, 1737 Spring Arbor Rd., PMB 206, Jackson, MI 49203. See their website for more information.

Have your kids finished their soccer seasons for the year? If they’re going to outgrow their shoes by the time they play again next year, donate them to PeacePassers.org to be passed on to others who need them. Donations have been made within the US and other countries. You can also donate sets of team jerseys, shorts, or socks, goalie uniforms and gloves, or soccer balls. Contact them at peacepassersinfo@gmail.com and they’ll let you know the best location to which you can mail your donation.

Did you know your local AutoZone store accepts used car batteries for recycling? And many accept used motor oil as well. Contact your local store to see what they accept. See their store locator for contact information.

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