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.

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Marine plastic pollution: ENV 100 students are asked, “How bad is it?”


In his ENV 100 presentation “Plastic in Our Oceans: How Bad Is It,” microbial ecologist Erik Zettler outlined the realities of marine plastic pollution. Zettler first set out to debunk three pervasive myths regarding plastic and the world’s growing marine “garbage patches”:

MYTH 1: Earth’s oceans are filled with enormous, swirling islands of plastic debris. These garbage patches are visible from space.
REALITY: Marine garbage patches mostly look like pristine ocean – until you drag a net through them. Even then, the majority of the plastic fragments captured are less than 1 cm in size.

MYTH 2: Plastic is everywhere in the ocean.
REALITY: Plastic debris moves with ocean currents and converges in gyres – large systems of rotating currents. These gyres become the locations of garbage patches, such as those found in the Pacific, North Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.

MYTH 3: Plastic does not biodegrade.
REALITY: Plastics do break…

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Published in: on January 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

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.