Wachusett Region Recycling Events – 7/6/13

Happy Fourth of July!!

I’ve finally found a drop-off site to dispose of American flags. The town of Holden has put one in place outside the entrance to the Senior Center building at 1130 Main Street. This box was purchased and painted by the town and will remain in place permanently. Whenever the box is full, a local Boy Scout troop will burn the flags in a ceremony. Learn about the proper treatment of flags here.

Men’s Warehouse’s annual Suit Drive  runs until the end of the month of July. Suits, shirts, ties, shoes, dress coats, and related items can be dropped off at any local store, including 424 Belmont Street, Worcester; 385 Southbridge Street, Auburn; the Solomon Pond Mall, Marlboro; and 14 Commercial Road, Leominster. Donated items will go to non-profit community agencies for distribution to those who can benefit from them.

Hold on to your redeemable bottles and cans (from any carbonated beverage, including malted ones) from your holiday celebrations. The West Boylston Boy Scout Troop 151 will hold their redeemable bottle and can drive at the Major Edwards Elementary school, Crescent Street, West Boylston, MA, on Saturday, July 14th from 10am-1pm. All bottles and cans that are returnable in Massachusetts are accepted and the event is open to everyone.

ReFoamIt will be collecting #6 plastics (Styrofoam) on Saturday, July 27th at Grace Church, 76 Salem End Road, Framingham, MA. This event runs from 10AM to 3PM and is open to the public. A small donation to defray costs is requested. The following #6 foam items are accepted for recycling: packing blocks, foam trays (used in supermarkets for meats and fruit), take-out containers, egg crates, and coffee cups (not those infused with cardboard). Look for the #6 stamped on it to be sure it’s recyclable. Be sure items are rinsed and clean so the recycling process isn’t contaminated. If you can’t make this event, you can drop off #6 foam for recycling at 1 Sculley Road in Ayer, MA weekdays and Saturdays. This facility allows ReFoamIt to ‘densify’ the plastic. If you’re wondering that process is for, or need more information about any single–day or ongoing events, checkout their website.

The Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center is open every Wednesday this month, from 2:30 to 4:30PM. It’s also open from 8 to 11AM on Saturday, July 20th.  The Center is open to all residents of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Sterling, Rutland, and West Boylston. Some of the items collected for free are plastics #1-7, cell phones and other electronics, bicycles, packing peanuts, and paper. For a small fee, you can drop off such items as items with refrigerants, sofas and couches, mattresses, tires, propane tanks, and fire extinguishers. Drop off should be made at 131 Huntington Highway in West Boylston during the hours they are open. Check their website for the other items they accept.


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