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We plan to open June 2, allowing only for for drop off of materials for disposal or recycling.  Thank you for your cooperation as we slowly and safely ease our way back to reopening. We look forward to serving residents of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston soon.

We are planning for reopening – in phases – different days and hours and with COVID 19 guidelines to be followed.

DAYS/HOURS: We plan to open on Tuesday 9am to noon, Thursday 3pm to 6pm and first and third Saturdays 9am to noon.  This is a trial period. We may increase or decrease days and times without prior notice.  If we do not have enough volunteers for a shift, we will not be able to open as planned so check our website, Facebook or call to see if we are open.
MASKS: All volunteers and visitors must wear facial coverings over nose and mouth at all times once entering the site.  No exceptions.
-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.
-Limit your party to 1-3 people
-We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave who doesn’t comply with these rules. They are non-negotiable.

REUSE BUILDING NOT OPEN: When we first reopen the site, the ReUse building will NOT be open for shopping or drop off.   Please box your items and when we are able we will have you drop them off in a storage container for future unpacking.

What can you do?
● 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.
● Continue to pack items for reuse in boxes or totes and hold on to them until we are able to accept them.
● VOLUNTEER!  We need volunteers now more than ever to be able to open and serve our residents.
● If you have items for reuse you want to pass on asap, please contact other organizations who may be ready to accept them.

We will continue to make updates and offer more services when we can
Social distancing in our ReUse building will be a challenge and for this reason, we are holding off on opening it up for volunteers to work in or for the public to ‘shop’.  Once we can accept items for drop off, they need to be packed in boxes or totes that can be safely stacked in a storage container for later unpacking.

What are we doing now?
Though our gates remain closed, we continue to:
● Do what we can to provide materials in support of groups making PPE for medical personnel and to prepare for site reopening.
● Answer voice mail, email and questions on Facebook but we may need more time than usual to get these messages and reply.
● Continue to use our website and our Facebook page to post news, photos, and items of interest.
● Complete projects. A limited number of staff and board members are accessing the site as needed. There is a procedure in place requiring them to sanitize hands upon entry and to wipe down surfaces, wear masks, and maintain social distancing.


The Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycle Center remains closed for all activities until June 2. 

New Hours:   
Tuesday 9am to noon
Thursday 3pm to 6pm
First and third Saturdays 9am to noon.   
IF we do not have enough volunteers to cover the site, we will not be able to open.   Please check Facebook for up to date information.

NO drop off for ReUse building items yet: We will be open ONLY for drop off items in outside areas.  No shopping.

No mask, No entry, No exceptions.

Need to dispose of items now?  Refer to our Where Else Can I Recycle page to see where else you may be able to dispose of items.



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Who are we?

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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.

Where else can I recycle?



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


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.

Earthday News

We are continuing to monitor the latest information on the state and national levels. Visit the Center for Disease Control website,, for information on the virus itself and symptoms.   Take care of yourselves, and each other.

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. Please double check with them whether or not your items are being accepted at this time.

Special Collections – HHP

June 2020 is when Massachusetts was scheduled to grant contracts to Household Hazardous Waste Haulers.   We are uncertain if this will be impacted in any way by the current virus situation.    Once we know who will be collecting HHP in Massachusetts, we will be working with them to schedule one or more collections for 2020.   We will post a schedule as soon as its possible.

Special Collections – Document Shredding

We planned 3 document shredding days for 2020 but were unable to hold the March collection when our vendor cancelled.   We still plan to hold one or more in 2020 and will post that information as soon as we can.

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