Archive for June, 2012

Kids Photo Contest: “Recycling While on Vacay”

Keep recycling over the summer and participate in the city’s first summer photo  contest, “Recycling while on Vacay”.When you’re on vacation, make sure you  recycle. Snap a photo of yourself recycling while on vacation and email it to  Jessie Schmitt at The best photos will be published  in the Free Press or its website, as well on this blog.

School Recycling Contests Finished

Horace Mann students accepted their “2012 School Recycling Champs” for winning Mayor Dolan’s School Recycling Contest.

You might not think of recycling as a competitive activity — but in Melrose it  is.

This past school year, Melrose’s seven public schools (plus St. Mary’s  School) have been competing in two recycling contests.One was initiated by Mayor Rob Dolan in 2006 and involves the amount of  recyclables collected in each school.

The other contest is sponsored by Trex, a Virginia-based company that  manufactures decking and railing products made of recycled materials. This  contest tracked how many plastic bags were recycled by each school.

Above is a small excerpt from the most recent article in my monthly Recycling Matters column, click below to read the full column.

Next Recycling Event: Book Donation June 16

Our next monthly event, book donation day, will be held Saturday, June 16 at 72 Tremont St. from 8:00a.m. to noon.

As with each Saturday event, DPW will be accepting:

CRT’s, TV’s, monitors, mercury items, CFL bulbs, metal goods, tires, dried latex paint, white goods: fridges, stoves, washers, dryers, freezers and dishwashers.

There will also be a recycle bin sale ($5 each), FREE sticker give away and recycling educational information.

New Recycle Bins Placed in Parks

The Department of Public Works and Parks Department have placed new green recycling bins throughout the parks in Melrose. We hope this will make recycling easier for all those who use our beautiful parks. Please do your part to keep our parks clean and green! If you have any questions, please contact Joan Bell, the Director of the Parks Department, at 781-662-0210 or Jessie Schmitt, the Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator, at 781-665-0142.