City Yard Hours This Weekend

The Public Works Department Recycling Center (City Yard) at 72 Tremont Street will be open on Friday, April 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. closing early due to the holiday. Trash and recycling will still be on regular pickup schedule. On Saturday, April 19, the Recycling Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for drop off of yard waste, recyclables (including plastic, glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard), books, textiles, CFL bulbs and propane tanks.

There will also be a paper shredding recycling event on Saturday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Residents can bring two boxes for free and five dollars for each additional box (checks only).

The items collected at all events include: CRT’s (televisions, monitors, and lap tops), CFL bulbs, tires, mercury items, textiles, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods (microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment). Some items have a fee that helps defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only). Household recycling bins ($6), free recycling stickers and educational information will also be available.

Environmental Projects Internship Application Available

The Environmental Projects Internship is back this summer. This internship opportunity is for someone who has a strong interest in municipal sustainability issues and wants to learn more about the field. The intern would split their time on projects with the Melrose Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator and the Energy Efficiency Manager to have the chance to create change on a local level. This unique internship creates an opportunity to work on interesting hands-on projects while receiving mentoring and networking opportunities with city officials and community organizations.

Please submit a letter of interest and a resume by May 9th to Martha Grover, Melrose City Hall, Office of Planning and Community Development, 562 Main Street , Melrose, MA 02176 or by email to mgrover@cityofmelrose.org.

Click here to look at the job posting for more information.

2013 Environmental Projects Interns Touring MVMMS Solar Panels

Paper Shredding Event, Sat. April 19

Due to popular demand, DPW will hold two paper shredding events this year, rather than one. The first is this Saturday, April 19, and the second is on November 15.

Residents can bring one box for free and five dollars for each additional box (checks only). It will be held at the Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The items collected at all events include: CRT’s (televisions, monitors, and lap tops), CFL bulbs, tires, mercury items, textiles, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods (microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment). Some items have a small fee that helps defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only). Household recycling bins, recycling facility stickers and educational information will also be available.

For a listing of additional events or for more information and questions, please visit our website www.cityofmelrose.org or call 781-665-0142.

 

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Rain Barrels & Compost Bins Still Available for Sale

The first order of the Earth Machine compost bins have sold out. However, if you are still interested in ordering one, please contact Jessie Schmitt at jschmitt@cityofmelrose.org to be put on the second order list.

There are still some SkyJuice rain barrels available in the terra cotta color. Please contact Jessie Schmitt at jschmitt@cityofmelrose.org to place your order.

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Recycling Center Open on Saturdays!

The Public Works Department Recycling Center (City Yard) at 72 Tremont Street will be open Saturdays starting April 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for drop off of yard waste, recyclables (including plastic, glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard), books, textiles, CFL bulbs and propane tanks. The Recycling Center will continue to be open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

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Weather Alert!

Originally posted on Mayor Dolan's Blog:

Please be advised of a potentially dangerous morning commute and school dropoff. Rain will give way early tomorrow morning to a very quick hard freeze and slight accumulation of snow (1-2 inches). As the rain ends tomorrow morning at approximately 4 a.m., there will be a quick blast of cold winter air that will descend upon the area, causing a quick freeze. The DPW will have a sanding team out at 4 a.m., however, due to the nature of this quick freeze, roads, sidewalks, and stairs will be slippery and potentially dangerous. Please allow yourself plenty of time tomorrow for your commute and school dropoff, and drive cautiously.

Be patient! Spring is right around the corner!

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50 Days in the Schools #15: Making the Middle School even greener

jessieschmitt:

Check out this great post about the MVMMS Green Team on Mayor Dolan’s blog!

Originally posted on Mayor Dolan's Blog:

Green Team members Cormac Lynch, Devin McDaid, Sophia Melville, and Amelia Middelton

Green Team members Cormac Lynch, Devin McDaid, Sophia Melville, and Amelia Middelton

Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School is already a green school, but could it get greener?

The Green Team thinks it can—and they are doing something about it.

The Green Team is an environmental club at the middle school, and last year they took part in the national We Can Change the World Challenge, in which they had to look at how to improve the school from an environmental perspective. One of the problems they identified was water bottle waste, and this year, the team decided to take action: They are raising funds for a water bottle refilling station in the school.

The students began by doing a survey of students, then met with principal Tom Brow to discuss their proposal. “He loved the idea, and he has been a great advocate for them,” said Recycling Coordinator Jessie Schmitt…

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