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!”
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. The car show will be in the Center Building parking lot entrance.
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. Pre-purchased bins will be available for pickup in the Center Building parking lot.
Residents are invited to participate in the Town’s second annual tag sale. Vendors may sign up on the Town website. 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.
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 swap will take place on the lLibrary lawn.
The Beecher Road School Green Team will sponsor its first Buy No Clothing Swap. Drop off clean, gently used clothing and shoes April 11 – 22, then come back during the event to shop for free (No resellers please) in the Center Building Gym. Clothing donations should be neatly folded or on hangers. There will be boxes marked adult or child and a clothing rack for items that are on hangers at the Center Building Gym April 11 – 22, 7:30am – 4:30pm or at BRS north atrium April 18 – 22, 7:30am – 6pm. Please bring your own bag when shopping. Monetary donations will be gratefully accepted to help further Green Team initiatives. For further questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A bin will be available in the Center Building parking lot at the event for mattress recycling and the Lions Club will pick up and deliver mattresses to the bin for a $20 donation. To register please text 203-668-9348.
Friends of the Library will sell used books in the Bookstore Alley, in the beautiful wood-paneled Woodbridge Room, as well on tables outside on the library lawn from 10 am – 3 pm. Through donations of community residents, the Friends have acquired an extensive inventory of books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles. There are children’s books, biographies, books of Jewish Interest, health and self-care books, a large selection of books in world languages, as well as many antiquarian books. Prices are low and all items have been checked and cleaned. Come help the Friends clear its inventory and help reduce waste by buying good used books, all while you support your library! Teachers shop free so come find some goodies for your classrooms!
Take 2 Recycling, a certified electronics recycler, will be in the Center Building parking lot to accept electronic items, such as printers, TVs, DVD players, fax machines, phones, microwaves and other small appliances.
Goodwill will have a truck in the Center Building parking lot to accept donations of household items.
Bay State Textiles will collect old clothing and other textiles for recycling including shoes, stuffed animals, linens and accessories like belts, ties, pocketbooks and hats. This will be in the Center Building parking lot.
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.
Residents are encouraged 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.
Also, during Earth Day, the Community Council will host a New Resident Meetup at 10 am at the VFW Memorial flagpole in front of the Center Building (4 Meetinghouse Lane). This is an opportunity for new residents to meet each other, tour the Town Center Campus and ask questions.
The library will host recycled craft activities for kids, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will host an information table and Woodbridge’s new 4H Club will also host an information table.
Woodbridge-based Café Rebelde will be at the event selling coffee, tea and pastries and Woodbridge-based Street ‘n’ Savory will sell lunch items.