Hours as of March 30
Tuesdays 9am to 11am
Thursdays 4pm to 6pm
First and third Saturdays 9am to noon

April is going to be a busy month. We are adding Document Shredding to our regular 3rd Saturday April 17th 9am to noon. We are adding the 4th Saturday to hold Household Hazardous Waste ONLY collection on Saturday April 24th from 9am to 1pm. The rest of the site will be closed. Bring only hazardous items for disposal. Nothing else will be accepted and the ReUse Building will not be open for drop off or shopping.

Check here, Facebook or call 978.464.2854 to see if we are open if we are having extreme weather, or its snowed withing 24 hours.  

No mask, No entry, No exceptions.   Please continue to wear your mask for the entire time you are on site.   If we can wear them for the full shift, you can for the short time you are there.   Thank you!

Please check here or call us or check our Facebook page for updates.  If we do not have enough volunteers or are experiencing extreme weather, we may not be open.  If we are advised that a case of Corona virus has been traced back to anyone who was at our site, we will immediately close for 2 weeks.


Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to opening time.  There is no waiting place at the gate or on the street.

Do not leave any items outside the gate.
Call 978.464.2854 if you need assistance.


MassDEP is hosting on their website a directory on where to recycle practically everything.  It’s called Beyond the Recycle Bin.  Click the link to access the directory.



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Who can use the Recycle Center?

The Recycle Center is open only to residents of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston.

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Please be aware that prices are subject to change without notice to due to current market conditions.


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Site Entry:

Everyone must go through Check In even if you are just browsing. Please have your face masks on as you approach the Check In station.  Please continue to wear your face mask while on site.

ReUse Building Entry:

As of March 30, 2021 we allow 20 people at a time into the building for 15 minutes at a time.  This way we can accommodate ‘shopping’ yet allow for social distancing.

ReUse Building Drop Off:

We continue to use the MIBOX drop off along the exit road.   We continue to accept only 2 boxes per car per visit else we exceed our capacity for storage and sorting the next day.   So far in 2021 we are averaging 124 boxes totaling 1,800 lbs to be moved, sorted and processed each day were are open.   While its slightly less than the literal ton or more of items we were getting daily in 2020, its still a challenge to get through it all.

The boxes must have closed lids so we can stack them in the containers.  Totes with lids are ok.  We have extra boxes and totes. We will make them available to you if you need more of them to pack items and then put them out again to take once the items are unpacked.

April Events for residents of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston only:

Saturday April 17, Document Shredding from 9am to noon.  2 boxes free; $2 per box after that.

Saturday April 24, Household Hazardous Products ONLY from 9am to 1pm.   The rest of the site, including the ReUse building will be closed.

Fees have changed.  We will now charge per car load.  We can accept cash, check or credit.   Check out the Events page for details.

Where else can my things go?

Check out our Where To Recycle/Where Else Can My Things Go links for alternative places to bring your items. The Epilepsy Foundation continues to do curbside pickups. Worcester ReStore has reopened. NEDT continues to be a good place to drop off household hazardous waste. Please double check with them whether or not your items are being accepted at this time.

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We may increase or decrease days and times without prior notice.  If we do not have enough volunteers for a shift, or the weather makes it unsafe to be working outside, we will not be able to open as planned. Please check our website, Facebook or call to see if we are open.

The ReUse Building occupancy as of March 30, 2021 will be increased to 20 people at a time; 15 minutes at a time.

As of June 16 2020 we have been accepting drop off items for the building in the MIBOX storage containers and we will continue this procedure going forward:

– Items must be boxed (not bagged) We can only accept 2 (two) boxes per car per visit.
– You will drop them off in one of two MIBOX storage containers set on left the exit roadway. You will stack them in a storage container so pack accordingly.  Totes with lids are also OK.   Please try and pack before getting to the site so we can keep traffic flowing.

We have extra boxes and totes. We will make them available to you if you need more of them to pack items and then put them out again to take once the items are unpacked.

MASKS: All volunteers and visitors must wear facial coverings over nose and mouth at all times once entering the site.  No exceptions.  If you cannot wear a mask, we ask you send someone else to dispose of your items for you.

-We reserve the right to limit the number of people in any one area at any given time.  We may ask you to remain in your vehicle until others have vacated space near dumpsters or containers. We may need to limit the amount of cars that can access the site on a daily basis
-Limit your party to 1-3 people.
-No line jumping. Please drive in together, park and wait in line for the ReUse building together if you are shopping with someone else.
-We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave who doesn’t comply with these rules. They are non-negotiable.

What can you do?
●If you are approaching from Laurel or Manning Street, you must drive to the end of the line to pull in.   Please do not attempt to do a left hand turn in front of the others who have been waiting in line.
●Do not drop off ‘shoppers’ before you have gone through Check In.
●Please bring small bills too.   One of our greatest hurdles will be minimizing Check In contact so exact change will help this. Checks work well for us too.
● Have items sorted for disposal, recycling or reuse and ready for speedy drop off.
● Be prepared to unload your vehicles yourselves.   Volunteers will have minimal contact with you or your items.
● VOLUNTEER!  We need volunteers now more than ever to be able to open and serve our residents. We also have volunteer hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when the site is not open to the public if you’d prefer to help when there is a limited number of people on site.