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Veterans, Inc. To Celebrate Earth Day with Recycling Event

Saturday, April 06, 2013


Earth Day will be a day for recycling, thanks to a new event at Veterans Inc.

Veterans Inc. is hosting its first Earth Day Event at their grounds at 59 South Street in Shrewsbury on Saturday, April 20. The charitable event will feature electronic & appliance recycling coupled with a bike collection and community yard sale. Next Step Living, through Mass Save, will also be on hand to share tips on going green such as improving your home’s energy efficiency.

"Although Earth Day is celebrated only one day a year, Veterans Inc. wants to show how creative it is to not only celebrate Earth Day, but to establish a mindset in each and every one of us how much we can do together in helping the environment, our veterans and the community as a whole by reducing waste, reusing items such as the bikes, and recycling items that would otherwise add to our overstretched landfills," says Amanda Riik, Public Relations and Outreach Manager for Veterans, Inc.

All electronics and appliances can be recycled for low fees through East Coast Recycling with 25% 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 TV’s.

Drop off fees for items are as follows: $5 for computers, $10 for monitors or small TV’s less than 19”, $20 for TV’s 19”-26” and wood console TV’s and $25 for projection TV’s. 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 are free.

“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.”

In addition, Veterans Inc. will also be accepting donations of new or used bicycles (mountain, BMX, adult or kids bikes) and accessories in good condition. Donated bicycles will be provided to homeless and needy veterans and are 100% 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.”

"Veterans Inc.’s motto is 'they were when we needed them…..we must be there now that they need us'. Being a non-profit, we hold great value in providing services in the most cost-effective way possible. Donating a bike that has been sitting in the garage unused can now be turned in and given to a veteran that may not otherwise have the resources to purchase one. Turning in old electronics will also directly provide additional funds for much needed services, all to make sure we are doing everything we can to continue providing the quality services our veterans deserve," says Riik.

"Overall, we hope this will be a fun and beneficial day for all."

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 who 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 x128. For more information on Veterans, Inc. please visit their website.


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