Check out this great post about the MVMMS Green Team on Mayor Dolan’s blog!
Melrose’s Recycle Center (City Yard) has two new boxes for donating books and clothes. The Recycling Center’s two Got Books boxes were replaced by a blue Recycle That box and a white Bay State Textiles box. This change occurred because Got Books went out of business.
The Recycle That (www.recyclethat.com) blue box will collect books, CDs, DVDs and audio books.
The Bay State Textiles (www.baystatetextiles.com) white box will collect textiles including clothing, footwear, accessories, linens, stuffed animals and much more. For a full list of items click here.
The items collected will be dealt with the same way on the company’s end so the only difference for residents will be the box color. Clothes and books are separated instead of mixed together in the boxes. Make sure to read the labels on the boxes so you put the correct items into the boxes.
This program raises money for Melrose recycling programs. These boxes are a great way to get rid of old things you don’t use anymore and give them to be reused or recycled.
Melrose DPW will hold a Styrofoam collection day on Saturday, March 15 at 72 Tremont Street from 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. ReFoamIt will collect the Styrofoam and transport it to their facility in Leominster, MA where it will be placed in a machine and made into blocks to be recycled. Visit http://www.refoamit.com to see what types of Styrofoam can and cannot be recycled.
Melrose is holding this event because Styrofoam cannot be placed in curbside recycling and therefore needs to be recycled separately. When burned, Styrofoam creates a toxic ash and when placed in landfills, it never breaks down.
This is a free event and open to Melrose residents only.
The items collected at all recycling events include: CRT’s ($7-15) including televisions, monitors, and lap tops, CFL bulbs, tires ($2-8), mercury items, clothes, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods ($15) including microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment. The fees help defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only). Recycling stickers, curbside recycling bins ($6) and educational information will also be available.
The new Melrose Recycles e-newsletter is sent monthly with solid waste and recycling news, DPW updates, event information and more. To sign up for the newsletter click here.
The Department of Public Works is now selling rain barrels and compost bins. Due to the large demand last year, DPW is starting the sale early this year. These barrels and bins must be pre-ordered with checks by March 27.
The Earth Machine compost bin costs $43. Order forms, accompanied by payment (checks payable to the City of Melrose), are due March 27 at the Public Works Operations Facility on 72 Tremont Street. Order forms are available at here.
The SkyJuice rain barrel costs $75. Order forms, accompanied by payment (checks payable to SkyJuice New England), are due March 27 at the Public Works Operations Facility on 72 Tremont Street. Order forms are available here. Alternatively, the SkyJuice rain barrels can be ordered online at here.
The pickup day for the bins and barrels is April 19 from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. at City Yard, 72 Tremont Street.
Rain barrels collect water that drains through your gutters and can be used to water your lawn and garden. Using rain barrels is an effective way to conserve water and save money on your water bill.
Compost bins are used to break down organic matter such as food scraps and yard waste. The bins help you reduce trash and also improve the health of your lawn and garden, save money on fertilizers and mulch, and preserve natural resources. Using fewer chemical fertilizers also helps protect the health of your family and pets.
The program is available for Melrose residents only. For more information about this program, contact Jessie Schmitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-665-0142.
Since April of 2013, Melrose Public Schools has partnered with the Melrose DPW and Bay State Textiles, a textile recycling company, in a green rebate program where residents collect textile waste and schools receive $100 per ton.
Each year in the United States, 21 billion pounds of textiles are thrown away. 45% of these textiles can be reused, 30% can be turned into wiping clothes, and 20% recycled into new products. More than 230,000 tons of usable textiles – including clothing, footwear, towels, bedding and other fabric-based products – were sent to landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts alone in 2010.
Melrose schools did their part by keeping over 55,000 pounds of torn clothing, ratty stuffed animals, faded curtains, and old pillows out of our waste stream from April through November of 2013 and earned the school PTOs $4150 in rebates and incentives provided by the vendor. An additional 9,000 pounds has been collected in December and January.
Bay State Textiles of Pembroke, MA provided a bin for each school and picks up the materials once or twice a week depending on volume. Items considered appropriate for placement in the bins include bed sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters, belts, boots, coats, curtains, draperies, dresses, flip-flops, hats, jackets, jeans, jerseys, pajamas, pants, purses, shirts, shoes, shorts, skirts, slippers, socks, stuffed animals, suits, sweaters, sweatpants sweatshirts, table linens, ties, T-shirts and undergarments.
This program is ongoing and if you wish to support the PTO efforts for this green fundraiser please stop by any of the 5 elementary schools, middle school and high school to drop off your unwanted textiles.
For more information about Bay State Textiles, please go to their website http://www.baystatetextiles.com
For questions regarding the rebate program in Melrose, please contact Jessie Schmitt, Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator at email@example.com, or Penny Xifaras Jones, PTO Textile Recycling Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you catch George Stubbs’s letter to the editor in the Melrose Free Press? The letter covered some history of Melrose’s recycling program and why residents should get involed in the Recycling Committee. Click here to read the article on the Free Press website or read it below.
Thanks to George and all the other Recycling Committee members, past and present, who have worked hard and made such an amazing impact on the city!
“To the editor:
Looking back over the past quarter century, recycling in Melrose has made substantial progress. In the early days, Melrose residents would drop off their recyclables at the Department of Public Works City Yard (now called the Public Works Operations Facility) on 72 Tremont St., where volunteers emptied trunks and sorted newspapers and brown, green, and clear glass into the proper barrels and bins.
A core group of recycling volunteers was typically joined by other volunteers from civic groups and the schools on these occasions, which mixed purpose with fun.
Today, of course, Melrose has a curbside program. Residents can leave Melrose Recycles bins or other clearly labeled bins on their curb with their discarded glass, cans, plastics, separately bagged paper, and flattened cardboard.
In addition, paper, cardboard, plastics and aluminum, books and clothing can be recycled in containers at the Public Works Operations Facility. CFL bulbs, batteries, eyeglasses, cell phones can also be dropped off inside the facility, which is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
And for several years now, the DPW and the Melrose Recycling Committee have hosted a household hazardous waste drop-off event in October. As a sign of the city’s commitment to recycling, it has hired a full-time solid waste and recycling coordinator — Melrose born and raised Jessica Schmitt, who has been on the job for over two years and whose dedication to and enthusiasm for recycling is unsurpassed.
Much of this progress in recycling over the years has been driven by the volunteer Melrose Recycling Committee — with, of course, the support, coordination, and leadership of our DPW. Volunteers often led efforts to educate the public about the available recycling program and to advance the state of the art here in our city, and they are still at the city yard to help on those drop-off days throughout the year.
The current pool of volunteers on the Melrose Recycling Committee is currently at its lowest level in years, for reasons that have nothing to do with anything other than the passage of time. People move on, often to other opportunities for public service to our city.
The Recycling Committee, however, could use an injection of renewed volunteer commitment, to participate in our city’s recycling events throughout the year, to support Jessie’s efforts to educate the public about recycling programs and opportunities and the benefits of recycling to our city, and to support her efforts to develop new programs that can expand recycling further.
I strongly urge anyone interested in participating in these efforts to contact Jessie at email@example.com.”