Wachusett Region Recycling Events – November 2016

Now that we are preparing for the winter season, you may be realizing you have coats from previous years that you are planning to replace. Why not donate them to the Worcester County Sheriffs Office’s Annual Coat Drive? Any new or gently-used adult or children’s winter coats can be dropped off at many locations, including those below. Or call 508-796-2638 to schedule a pick up. The drive hopes to surpass last year’s 3000 donations by the end of November 2016 and distribute them through local community organizations. This is a good opportunity to hold an event at your work or school or in your community. See their website for more information.

Auburn: Lundgren Honda

Dudley: Twin City Cleaners

Fitchburg: Office of Community Corrections, Independent Cleaners

Gardner: Gardner Museum

Holden: Senior Center, Oriol Healthcare

Leominster: Planet Fitness, Hannaford Supermarket

Lunenburg: Hannaford Supermarket

Princeton: Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

Shrewsbury: Austin Liquors

Webster: Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Regional Resource Center

Westborough: Chick-Fil-A

Worcester: Unum Insurance, Herlihy Insurance, Hearing & Balance Center of New England


Drop off your MA redeemable bottles and cans to Sterling’s (MA) Boy Scout Troop 189 on Saturday, November 5th from 8am-2pm. Donations can be brought to the Sterling DPW, 171 Worcester Rd. (Rte. 12) or call Mike at 978-422-7756 to arrange a pick-up. Those nickels add up and can help them to fund activities and projects.

To honor Veteran’s Day, which is Friday, November 11, Holden’s (MA)  Boy Scout Troop 45 sponsoring a US. Flag retirement drive. Worn US flags can be dropped off any time during the year to the collection bin outside the Holden Senior Center, 1130 Main St. This month, flags will be given the proper retirement following the Boy Scouts of America approved protocol. Contact Caleb Andros at caleb.andros@yahoo.com with any questions.

The Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center is open various hours on Monday thru Wednesday and the 3rd Saturday of the month (November 15th) to accept all kinds or items from button batteries to washing machines for recycling. They also have a reuse shop, which accepts donations of useable items such as craft materials, small home goods, luggage, sports equipment and kitchen goods. Check their website for the schedule and the list of items they accept.


Recycle That Suit!

Recycle that suit!

The retail chain Men’s Wearhouse is running their annual drive to collect men’s gently-used professional clothing during the month of July with a goal of collecting 250,000 items. These donations will go social service agencies that work with men who are not able to purchase clothing such as suits, dress shirts, ties, shoes, and accessories that are necessary to present themselves as good job candidates. Those of us who can afford suits and dress clothing may take for granted how necessary these items are to having a job in many sectors of the workforce and to other obligations we have in our everyday lives (weddings, funerals, etc.). For people who aren’t able to afford them, these donations allow them to present themselves during job interviews with confidence and increase their chances of entering or re-entering the workforce. As the stories on the website show, past recipients of these suits are not only people from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds, but people who have struggled due in a variety of ways due to the economy. It’s a national drive, so donations are accepted at all Men’s Wearhouse locations. Use their store locator to find one near you.

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Wachusett Region Recycling Events – April 2016

After appreciating the fairly dry winter we’ve had, it’s nice to see buds starting on the trees. I am in a clean out mode and looking to recycle lots of things. Here are some places that are collecting items during the upcoming weeks…

ReFoamit participates in many single-day recycling events to collect Expanded Polystyrene (#6, also known as Styrofoam) and Polyethylene (#4) foam items in Massachusetts, many of which are open to the public. Many residential recycling programs do not accept these foams, so despite their distance from the Wachusett region, these events are a good opportunity to do some recycling. On April 2nd, Girl Scout Troop 30507 and Central One Federal Credit Union are hosting an event in Westboro. The following Saturday, April 9th, the Woodward Green Team from Woodward Memorial School in Southboro will be holding a collection. On April 30th, Grace Congregational Church will hold a collection event. Check out their website for more info about these and other events.

Jordan’s Furniture is once again teaming with Anton’s Cleaners for their Belle of the Ball prom dress collection and boutique. Drop off  like-new prom or cocktail dresses to Jordan’s or Anton’s by March 27th. Girls who aren’t able to afford to purchase a dress attend an invitation-only boutique event to get a dress for their prom or school dance and your dress gets another life.

Many towns and cities now have kiosks that accept unused prescription drugs for disposal. For people without access to these kiosks, the US Drug Enforcement Administration holds events annually to collect unused prescription drugs. This year’s collection will be held on April 30th. Drugs can be dropped off anonymously to a local police station or safety complex that is participating in the program. Check out their website after April 1st, when participating cities and towns will be listed.

New or gently-used books for children in kindergarten through grade 8 can be dropped off at convenient locations in Worcester county during the Worcester – The City That Reads event. Books are distributed to low-income students via social service agencies and school programs. Many locations are within the city of Worcester but a number of companies are holding their own collection drives. The collection sites are listed on the city’s website.

Wachusett Earthday’s recycling center is open 3 days a week and the 3rd Saturday of every month to accept drop-offs of a wide variety of items. Hazardous chemicals are being collected on Saturday, April 16th. They also have a reuse shop where you’ll find lots of items that still have a useful life, including craft supplies, toys, and home goods. See their website to learn what items they accept for recycling and reuse.

Happy Spring !

Wachusett Region Recycling Events – 1/11/14


Happy New Year!

Not too many events coming up this month, but if you have excess holiday recyclables, these might be for you.

The Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center, 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, MA will be open from 9 to 11am every Tuesday, 2:30-4:30pm every Wednesday and from 8-11 on Saturday, January 18th. They accept a wide range items for recycling, including appliances, batteries, mercury thermometers, cardboard, plastics, and electronics. For more information, including which items will be collected for a fee and which are free, click here.

The West Boylston Boy Scout Troop 151 holds their redeemable bottle and can drive at the Major Edwards Elementary School, Crescent Street, West Boylston  this Saturday, January 11th, from 10am-1pm. All bottles and cans that are returnable in Massachusetts are accepted. Though the weather is warming up, the Boy Scouts will empty the cans out of your trunk or back seat so you don’t have to get out of your warm car.

Wachusett Region Recycling Events – 12/14/13

The West Boylston Boy Scout Troop 151 is holding their monthly redeemable bottle and can drive at the Major Edwards Elementary school, Crescent Street, West Boylston this Saturday, December 14th from 10am to 1pm. All bottles and cans that are returnable in Massachusetts are accepted. And there’s no need for you to get out of your car. Very courteous Boy Scouts will take your cans and bottles and thank you in return.

Also on Saturday, December 14th, Worcester is holding its 12th annual gun buyback program. Guns must be unloaded and wrapped in a bag in order to be dropped off. The program is anonymous. All types of guns can be dropped off. They can be old or new, working or not. Gift certificates in the following amounts will be given in return: $75 for an automatic/semi-automatic weapon, $50 for handgun, $25 for a long gun. Non-working guns will not qualify for a gift certificate. Ammunition and gun accessories are also accepted.

The Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center is open on Tuesdays (9-11am), Wednesdays (2:30-4:30pm), and the 3rd Saturday of the month, December 21st, from 8 to 11am. They accept lots of items you may want to be getting rid of, such as tvs and other electronics, furniture, tires, and propane tanks. Check their website for what they accept for free and for a small fee.

Rocky’s Ace Hardware stores in Holden (160 Reservoir Street) and Northboro (261 West Main Street) are collecting unused packaged pet food that will be donated to the Worcester and Sterling animal shelters. Donations are accepted until December 23rd.