Archive for December, 2012

Curbside Christmas Tree Pickup Begins Dec. 31

xmas tree on curb 2Christmas trees will be picked up curbside from December 31 to January 18 on your regular trash day. Please remember to remove all ornaments, tinsel, plastic bags and lights from the tree before leaving it at the curb.

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New Year’s Trash and Recycling Schedule

There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Tuesday, January 1, and all pickups will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. 

The City Yard will be open on Monday, December 31, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., closed on January 1, and open Wednesday through Friday during regular hours, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

Holiday Trash and Recycling Schedule

There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Tuesday, December 25, and all pickups will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. 

The City Yard will be open on Monday, December 24, from 7 to 11 a.m., closed on December 25, and open Wednesday through Friday during regular hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Have yourself a low waste holiday!

Holiday Recycling Symbol“It’s the most wonderful wasteful time of the year…”

According to the EPA, “the volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day – about 1 million extra tons.” You can put more “green” in your holiday season by taking steps to decrease the amount of waste you produce. Here are some tips.

Be creative with gifts

  • Give experiences, not things, as gifts. For example, buy tickets to a concert, movie, show or sports event instead of items that have packaging. It’s also a good way to have fun and spend time together.
  • When buying gifts, shop at thrift and consignment stores. In this way, you’re reusing an existing product.
  • Make your own gifts. Those unique do-it-yourself (DIY) gifts will surely be treasured by loved ones.

Ditch the wrapping paper

  • Use reusable gift bags that can be used for years to come.
  • Wrap presents with items already in the house, such as newspapers or magazines.
  • Save bows and ribbons to use again next year.

Donate the old items replaced by new gifts

  • After receiving new items, donate some of your old things. For example, when you receive a pair of nice new sneakers, donate your old ones or drop them off at the Tremont Street Operations Facility (City Yard). Electronics, clothes, books and many other items are accepted at the facility.

Take advantage of our Christmas tree composting

  • Melrose collects Christmas trees curbside from December 31 to January 11 and drop-off at the Tremont Street Operations Facility is also available for tree composting. Please take off all ornaments, tinsel and plastic bags before placing it curbside or dropping off.

Avoid dinner party waste

  • Don’t use disposable dishes, utensils, cups and napkins.
  • If disposables are used, make sure they are recyclable and set up an easily visible recycling area for guests to use.

Make a green New Year’s resolution

  • Pick something small and achievable to accomplish in 2013. For those already recycling the basics, some further ideas are: using reusable items (such as water bottles and shopping bags), buying items with less packaging (buy in bulk and not individual packages) and shopping at local farmers’ markets. Melrose has its own weekly famers’ market that begins each spring.
  • If you’re new to recycling, pick up free recycling bins at the Tremont Street Operations Facility. You can also recycling stickers to place on your own barrels.