WEST BOYLSTON, Mass. — On Saturday, May 19, household hazardous products including paints and chemicals as well as bulk items, electronics and recycling will be collected at the Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center. Free document shredding will also be offered.
The Recycling Center is open to residents of seven Wachusett towns: Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston. Fees are charged for some items including the paints and chemicals. The collection is provided by Wachusett Earthday, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the seven towns.
No fee items collected are paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, separated #6 styrofoam, metal cans, returnable bottles and cans, all batteries, mercury thermostats, thermometers, fluorescent tubes, bicycles, clothing, books, good condition linens and small household goods, electronics and computer parts (except monitors which have a fee). West Boylston Boy Scouts collect returnable bottles and cans.
The Center welcomes bicycles to be passed on to children and families in need in the region.The Watershed Regional Recycling Center also welcomes reusable furniture and appliances for swap. Each large appliance or large furniture item costs $5 for potential disposal.
Fees charged for household hazardous products, i.e.paints,chemicals, pesticides etc. are $4/liquid gallon or $4/dry pound. Items accepted for a fee are computer monitors ($3 per monitor), TVs ($12 for 32" or less, $16 over 32", $20 wood console, $25 projection, ), large appliances and metal machines including washers, dryers, stoves, hot water heaters and snow blowers, riding mowers, swing sets or other large scrap metal ($5 each), small appliances, lawn mowers, microwaves, small chairs ($2/each), items with refrigerants such as refrigerators, dehumidifiers, freezers or air conditioners ($10 each), furniture, rugs, toilets, sinks, mattress, box springs, large children’s toys, outdoor furniture ($5 each), sleeper couches ($10 each), household project debris such as wood, bricks, concrete, wallboard ($30/cubic yard), car tires ($2 per tire with or without rims), truck tires (larger 19-22" $20 with or without rims), propane tanks ($3 per 20 pound regular tank, $1 small propane tank, $30 per 100 pound tank).
The regional collection will be from 8 a.m. to noon, at 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston.
Check www.wachusettearthday.org or town web sites for updates or to send questions about hazardous or other items. Directions to the Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center: I-190, Exit 5, north one block on Route 140 to light, left on Legg Road and travel 0.8 mile to the entrance on the right. Or Laurel Street, West Boylston or Manning Street, Holden to Raymond Huntington Highway (parallel with I-190 at Holden/West Boylston town line), and travel 0.9 mile to the entrance on the left.
The center is also open for recycling and bulk items every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 and the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. On the four Saturdays of the year when household hazardous products, i.e. paints and chemicals are accepted, the collection is open until 12 noon.
Wachusett Earthday seeks donations toward the remaining $35,000 in matching funds for the new building for recycling and reuse. Contributions may be mailed toWachusett Earthday, Box 593, Holden, MA 01520. Currently reuse and recycling is offered in a small office trailer until the recycling building is completed.