Shrewsbury – Veterans Inc. is hosting its first Earth Day Event featuring electronic and appliance recycling together with a bike collection and community yard sale Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on their grounds at 59 South St., Shrewsbury. Mass Save will also be on hand to share tips on going green such as improving your home's energy efficiency.
All electronics and appliances can be recycled for low fees through East Coast Recycling with 25 percent of the proceeds going to Veterans Inc.'s programs and services. Any electronic item with a plug can be recycled including computers, computer games, copy and fax machines, monitors, stereo equipment, printers, and TVs. Drop-off fees for items are as follows: $5 for computers; $10 for monitors or small TVs less than 19″; $20 for TV's 19″-26″ and wood console TVs; and $25 for projection TVs. Appliances will also be accepted, including washing machines, dryers, exercise equipment, grills, lawn mowers, refrigerators, snow blowers (gas removed), and stoves. There is a $10 fee for all appliances. Any cell phones or car/truck batteries will be accepted for free.
In addition, Veterans Inc. will also be accepting donations of new or used bicycles (mountain, BMX, adult or kid's bikes) and accessories in good condition. Donated bicycles will be provided to homeless and needy veterans and are 100 percent tax-deductible.
“There are many direct and indirect benefits of biking,” said Denis Leary, Veterans Inc. Executive Director, “in addition to transportation, biking provides cardiovascular fitness, weight loss, and improved stamina. When folks donate a bike to us, they help improve a veteran's life.”
A community yard sale is also planned. Community members can reserve a table free of charge to sell their household items. Any unsold items can be donated to Habitat for Humanity's Restore, which will be onsite at the end of the day for pick up. For more information or to reserve a table at the community yard sale please contact 800-482-2565 ext. 128.
“Creating a greener society starts in your backyard,” stated Vincent J. Perrone, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Retired), Veterans Inc. President and CEO. “We are hosting this earth day event in Shrewsbury to encourage our veterans and fellow community members to be more environmentally-friendly and promote awareness of the social impacts of going green. Even the smallest of actions can lead to major changes.”