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Composters on Sale!

Composters on Sale!

The large black Earthmachine composters are now selling for only $25 (previously they were $38). Kitchen scrap buckets are also available for $4.
Pay at check-in point – and ask the check-in volunteer where to pick it up. The Mass.gov website has great information on composting here.

Chemicals, pesticides & paints (with a fee) – Saturday June 17

Special Collection Day for Household Hazardous Products – 8am to Noon

Wachusett Earthday holds six special collection days each year for Household Hazardous Products (including chemicals, pesticides & paints). Items may be dropped off at the Wachusett Earthday Regional Recycle Center from 8 a.m. until noon. The entire site will be open. The fees are liquids – $4/gallon, dry products – $4/pound and aerosols -$1/can.

See our Recycling page for more info on accepted items.

Spring Cleanup Helpers

Spring Cleanup Helpers

Our Wachusett Earthday grounds got some needed spring cleanup – with help from the Bancroft Middle School.    Thank you!

Bancroft students helping out at Wachusett Earthday site in April 2016

Bancroft students helping out at Wachusett Earthday site in April 2016

New Interim Board President announced

On January 20, 2016, the Wachusett Earthday board of directors accepted the resignation of Colleen Abrams.


We thank Colleen Abrams for her nearly 25 years of service to the Wachusett communities and her commitment to protect the Wachusett Watershed. Her tireless efforts have removed hazardous materials through hazardous household product collections and led to the creation of the Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center to promote recycling, reuse and the responsible disposal of goods. Her passion to serve the watershed communities and protect our environment has not gone without notice or appreciation. We wish her well in her future endeavors.

The board members and volunteers of Wachusett Earthday remain steadfast in their commitment to continue educating and expanding regional recycling and reuse for a healthier watershed community. Helen Townsend who has worked within WEI for over 15 years, will serve as President as we move forward. There are no changes in our on-going partnerships with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and each of the seven member towns.

We thank the residents of the Wachusett watershed communities and site partners for their patience during this transition and apologize for the inconvenience of being closed in January. We look forward to serving the increasing numbers of residents visiting the Center.

Textile Recycling

And the Oscar goes to….
The students at Centerville Elementary School in Beverly, MA who created their own textile recycling video called The Story of Textile Recycling Woman. Bravo to these energetic and dedicated Planet Protectors!

More interesting information on the ways that old clothing & fabrics can be re-used! Note: These links will open a new browser page.

Infographic on Textile Recycling

The Secret Double Life of Donated Textiles

Infographic on Greenhouse Gases

Ribbon Cutting for Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycle Center’s Building

Ribbon Cutting for Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycle Center’s Building

Thank you ALL friends of Wachusett Earthday, for helping us reach ribbon cutting for Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycle Center’s building. Each donation and your volunteer service helped complete our Matching Partnership Grant with the DCR for constructing the building. Thank you to DCR Commissioner Jack Murray for leading the celebration on November 8 and to DCR Regional Director John Scannell and Director Jonathan Yeo. We are honored to continue in this partnership. Thank you to Steve Lemon of Regional Builders in Worcester for constructing the new center.

Thank you to our regional partners: the Town representative team and the leaders and citizens of Boylston, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston. Thank you to our encouraging legislators: Senators Harriette Chandler, Stephen Brewer and Jennifer Flanagan and Representatives Kim Ferguson, Jim O’Day and Hank Naughton and former Representative Lew Evangelidis.

Thank you to each volunteer and Earthday board member for great work to prepare for the dedication. A particular ‘hats off’ to George Pellerin! Thank you to Patt Popple and Anna Perkins and helpers for delicious treats. Thanks to Chris de Marcken for photos now on display.

Special thanks to each Resource Center leader: the original founder Karen Shapiro who located the first Center at Wachusett Regional High School; Hazel Lund who directed the Center at Holden Bubar Building, Rice School and Oriol’s Wachusett Extended Care; Pat Charbonneau who carried on, and current leaders C. Mary McLoughlin, John Lewis and Joan Dunn.

Together we are providing a great community service yearround. Please visit us at 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston on Tuesdays 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesdays 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and third Saturdays 8 to 11a.m. The final collection of chemicals and paints for 2013 is Saturday, November 16, 8 a.m. to noon. Closed for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 27. Hoping to add Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. early in 2014: more volunteers needed!

Colleen Abrams and the
Wachusett Earthday Board of Directors

Dedication of the Wachusett Earthday Site

Wachusett Earthday Inc.’s Recycling/Reuse site was dedicated at a ceremony at the 131 Raymond Huntington Highway location in West Boylston, MA. In attendance were representatives for each of the seven member towns, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Those in attendance included: DCR Division of Watershed Protection Director Jonathan Yeo, DCR Division of Watershed Protection Regional Director John Scannell, DCR Commissioner Rick Sullivan , West Boylston Selectman Allen Phillips, Representatives Harold Naughton and Jim O’Day, Earthday president Colleen Abrams, DEP Grants Coordinator Tina Klein, West Boylston Selectman Kevin McCormick, Senator Harriette Chandler, Princeton Selectman Joseph O’Brien, Holden Selectman Kim Ferguson, Sterling Selectman Richard Sheppard, Princeton Selectman Edith Morgan, Paxton Selectman Fred Goodrich.


Download a copy of the official press release.