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Clean Out Your Closets this Earth Day

Clean out your closets this Earth Day – residents are invited to bring many recyclable and reusable items to the Library Lawn on Saturday, April 23 from 10 am -1 pm.  There is no rain date.  This event is organized by the Woodbridge Ad Hoc Community Council.

“I hope residents take advantage of this wonderful event to find ways to reuse household items instead of throwing them in the trash,” said First Selectman Beth Heller.  “I’m proud that we are able to offer these useful services and to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle!”

Residents are invited to participate in the Town’s second annual tag sale.  Interested vendors may sign up on the Town website (woodbridgect.org).  For a $10 fee, vendors will be granted a spot in the Grove (the area between the Old Firehouse and Library) and provided with one Town-owned table.

New this year is an electric vehicle car show.  Local resident and car enthusiast Kent Golden will bring several styles of EV cars.  Owners will be available to answer questions.

There will be a craft materials swap.  Residents will be encouraged to bring craft supplies in good condition.  They will be made available for free to anyone who would like them.  Leftover materials will be donated to Goodwill.

The Town, in partnership with the South-Central Regional Council of Governments, is offering discounted compost bins and rain barrels to residents.  Backyard composting is an excellent strategy for homeowners to reduce waste and lower their carbon footprint.  Compost enriches the soil and helps retain oxygen and nutrients.  Composting also diverts food waste from the landfill.  Use this link to purchase:  scrcog.compostersale.com.  Any resident who purchases a compost bin, rain barrel or other item must pick it up at the Earth Day event.

Friends of the Woodbridge Library will hold its annual book sale.  Donations are accepted now through March at the Library.  The Friends will only accept clean books without odors, and without smoke damage and books that have not been stored in a garage.

Take 2 Recycling, a certified electronics recycler, will accept electronic items, such as printers, TVs, DVD players, fax machines, phones, microwaves and other small appliances.

Goodwill will have a truck at the event to accept donations of household items.

Residents are also asked to participate in Rid Litter Day in which residents pick up roadside litter.  Volunteer Kathy Barkin will be at the event with a town map, trash bags and a list of roads in need of attention.  Rid Litter participants will be asked to estimate where they’ll finish and drop off their trash bags which will be collected the following week by Public Works.

Woodbridge residents may, at any time, drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  The Woodbridge Police Department has a drug take-back box in the lobby.  Visitors must be buzzed into the lobby.

Residents may dispose of any of the following items in the box:  Prescription medications, ointments or patches, over-the-counter medication, pet medication and vitamins.  Not accepted are syringes, thermometers, inhalers, lotions or liquids, aerosol cans, hydrogen peroxide or medications discarded from businesses or clinics.

More details to come – stay tuned!

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