Wachusett Region Recycling Events-3/23/13


ReFoamIt will be holding a StyroFoam (EPS or #6) recycling event in Westboro this Saturday, March 23rd . Their hosts are the Girl Scout Silver Award recipients, who have held this event the previously. This event will run from 9am to 1pm at the Tufts Machine Shop at 55 East Main Street and is open to non-residents. Styrofoam with  the PS#6 symbol stamped on it is accepted: packing blocks, egg cartons, take-out containers, hot cups, produce and meat trays are some of the things that can be recycled. Food containers should be rinsed. Note that organizers are no longer able to accept packing peanuts and plastic utensils.

ReFoamIt wants you to know it can now offer you a ‘two for one.’ They have a new densifying machine that grinds Styrofoam, squeezes out the air, and turns it into a block about 3 by 4 feet long, weighing between 7 and 9 pounds. RefoamIt’s facility is located at 1 Sculley Rd, Ayer, MA 01432, in the same building as All American Recycling. Styrofoam (PS#) can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8am and 5 and Saturdays between 8am and 2pm. If no one is available at ReFoamIt, All American Recycling will accept your donations.  And if you have electronics that need recycling, bring them with you and All American Recycling will recycle them. Densifying the foam allows them to transport up to 44,000 pounds of foam in one tractor-trailer instead of using 50 trailers to transport the loose foam – another ecofriendly aspect tho this effort. The blocks are used in the US to make new products such as picture frames, molding, cd cases and car brackets.

The 7th annual Worcester: the City that Reads book drive, which runs from March 2nd to May 15th, is collecting gently-used or new books to be donated to organizations that serve the less fortunate and to local schools. Make your donations early so you don’t forget. Many local schools and colleges are conducting book drives, so be sure to check to see if yours does. There are many local drop-off locations – see my previous posts for the list.

A clothing drive to benefit  Cradles to Crayons will be held in Princeton from April 1st to the 11th. Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes gently used shoes and clothing for infants to children’s size 12 to those in need in Massachusetts. More information to come.

Donate your recently worn gently-used prom dress to Anton’s Cleaners for Jordan’s Furniture’s Belle of the Ball Prom Dress Drive by April 1st. Anton’s will take your donation, clean it, and make it available on ’boutique day’ to a girl who otherwise could not afford a dress. Dresses can be dropped off to any of the associated collection partners – see the website for the complete list – or at any Jordan’s Furniture location. Prom dresses can also be donated to WHEAT Community Service’s Hidden Treasures thrift shop (272 High St., Clinton) during regular store hours – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm and Fridays, 12 to 4pm.

Rutland’s annual town-wide yard is scheduled for Saturday, April 27,  from 8am to 2pm. Be an early bird and pay just $15 before March 31st to be listed on the map that shoppers will use to find the sales. After that, the fee is $20. Make your check payable to the ‘4th of July Committee’ and mail to ‘4th of July Committee’, c/o Janet Barakian, 6 Weaver Farm, Rutland, Ma 01543. These sales are a great way to make some money on anything and everything you no longer have a need for. Remember to indicate the condition of items to help your buyers – if it isn’t working, is missing pieces, or is in great condition. And make sure you don’t sell something for $3 that someone can sell at auction for $2.2 million!

While the Richards Memorial Library installs its new elevator, replacing the current dumb-waiter, it asks that book donations for their annual used book sales not be brought in. They plan to resume taking donations in June. In the meantime, bring your used book donations to the Gale Free Library (23 Highland Street, Holden, MA) so they can restock their Book Cellar. Donations can be brought to the library during business hours and left by the door of the Cellar on the lower level of the library.

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