Archive for July, 2013

New Mercury Shed For Resident Use at City Yard

A new mercury shed, sponsored by Covanta Energy, is now open to residents at the City Yard (72 Tremont Street) during the regular hours of 7:30 am – 3:00 pm Mon- Fri and Sat 8:00 am – 3:00 pm seasonally. It will be used to store compact florescent bulbs,  thermometers and thermostats until they are collected to be recycled. Therefore, residents who need to drop off those items can go straight to the shed instead of dropping them in the main office. The shed is located in between the compost pile and the recycling dumpsters.

Items that should still be dropped off in the main office include: rechargeable/lithium batteries (not alkaline), cell phones and eye glasses.

Please note: no paint or other hazardous materials should be placed in or around the shed.

ShedCovanta's sign

Recycling Matters Column: School Recycling

Did you read the most recent ‘Recycling Matters’ newspaper column? Read an excerpt below and click on the link to read the full column.

1. roosevelt-posterCombining outreach, education and enthusiasm, Melrose’s five public elementary schools dramatically reduced their trash output this spring. Participating in the new “Reduce Your Waste” contest, run by the Department of Public Works, the schools decreased their total garbage output by 100 bags in just one month. 

The goal of the contest was to make recycling fun for the students. Three of the participating schools — Horace Mann, Roosevelt and Lincoln — formed recycling clubs comprising 5-10 fifth-grade students. These students developed strategies to educate their peers, increase recycling and reduce trash. Each club took a unique approach.

“Having our fifth-grade group meet to come up with ideas to reduce waste was an excellent chance for our students to take on additional leadership opportunities,” explained Dr. Mary Ellen Carideo, Horace Mann’s principal, “and apply their knowledge to real-world applications.”

Recycling Event: July 20


On Saturday, July 20, there will be a textiles and books recycling drop off event. It will be held at the Public Works Operations Facility at 72 Tremont Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for a list of acceptable books and textiles.


The items collected at all events include:

For free:

  • CFL bulbs, mercury items, clothes, books and dried latex paint

For a fee (checks only):

  • Tires ($2-4)
  • Metal and white goods ($15) including microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment
  • CRT’s ($7) including televisions, monitors, and lap tops

Recycling stickers, curbside recycling bins ($6) and educational information will also be available.

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

Reminder: Trash and Recycling on Holiday Schedule

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Curbside trash and recycling will be delayed one day this week due to Independence Day.  Therefore, Thursday’s pick up will be made on Friday, and Friday’s pick up will be made on Saturday. The city yard will be open Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for recycling and yard waste drop off.

Happy 4th of July!