Archive for October, 2012

Storm update: Trees and power

Mayor Dolan posted another storm update:

Storm update: Trees and power

Storm update 2: Trash pickup on Monday

Update from Mayor Dolan’s blog:

Storm update 2: Trash pickup on Monday.

Melrose Recycling Committee Meeting: Oct. 24

The Melrose Recycling Committee is holding a meeting on Wednesday, October 24 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room in City Hall. The committee is looking to recruit members for some of the following: tabling at city events, working at recycling events, working on campaigns, doing publicity work and more. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in the recycling scene in Melrose, now is the time. Joining the committee is a great way to play an active role in the community and make a difference in reducing our environmental impact. For more information, contact Jessie Schmitt at or 781-665-0142.

Hazardous Waste Collection: Saturday Oct. 27

Next Saturday, Oct. 27, the City of Melrose will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Public Works Operations Facility/City Yard, 72 Tremont Street. From 9 a.m.-12 p.m., you can drop off toxic household items that are not allowed in the trash. Proof of residency is required and a small fee ($1-7) will be charged for each item.

Proof of residency is required and commercial hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Since the improper disposal of hazardous waste is dangerous for Department of Public Works employees and bad for the environment, we encourage you to take advantage of this important event.


Paint products

Oil based paint, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid.

NOTE: Latex paint will NOT be accepted. Dried-up latex paint can be disposed of Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. -3 p.m., at the Public Works Operations Facility.

Fuels/auto products

Gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, motor oil, engine degreaser, brake fluid, carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes

Gardening fluids

Poisons, insecticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, weed killer

Household items

Rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry set,  furniture polish, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner, hobby supplies, artist supplies, mothballs, flea control products


Driveway sealer, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals

Transporting these items

To safely transport these items, leave the materials in their original containers. Make sure to tighten caps and lids.

Oil paint, pesticides and household cleaners should be sorted and packed separately. It’s also a good idea to pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and pad with newspaper. Drive directly to the collection site as soon as the car is packed.

Never mix chemicals or smoke while handling hazardous material.


Empty container/trash, commercial or industrial waste, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, infectious and biological wastes, pressurized cylinders, ammunition, fireworks and explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, asbestos, oil filters

Please do not throw these items in the trash. To properly dispose of them, call a private disposal company.


If you have questions about household hazardous waste, contact the Melrose Department of Public Works at 781-665-0142.

No Impact Life

Colin Beavan, a Manhattan resident, decided to spend a year eliminating his environmental impact. The documentary, “No Impact Man”, released in 2009, follows Colin through that year.

Below is an excerpt from the film’s website describing some of the lifestyle changes made by Colin and his family to achieve his no impact goal.

“[No Impact] means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage.

No problem – at least for Colin – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own.”

Colin’s lists six guidelines for living a low impact life. The guidelines include:

“Getting your drinking water for free: Giving up 1 bottle of imported water means using up one less liter of fossil  fuel and emitting 1.2 pounds less of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Will you commit to a week without plastic water bottles? A month? A year?”

Visit to read the other guidelines.

What will you do to reduce your environmental impact?

How to Handle Common Recycling Issues

From left are Maizie Rodolico Frakt, Kris Rodolico, Austin Frakt and Olivia Rodolico Frakt.

“I don’t have enough space.”

“I have kids and a family. My life is too busy to do that.”

Let’s face it. We’re all busy and sometimes recycling can be a challenge.  Above are two issues that many of us face. There are simple solutions, however,  and the city of Melrose is committed and available to help you recycle.

I have spoken with two families who were determined to recycle but  encountered difficulties. Ultimately, they found a way. Here are their  stories.

Above is a small excerpt from the most recent monthly Recycling Matters column; click below to read the full column.