Archive for September, 2013

Victorian Fair Fun with Sustainable Melrose

The 33rd Victorian Fair was a lot of fun last weekend. The Department of Public Works had two tables at the fair this year, Melrose Recycling Committee table and DPW/Engineering table. The Melrose Recycling Committee was placed in the section with the newly formed Sustainable Melrose Coalition.  The Coalition is a group of organizations and people in Melrose working to make our community more livable, healthy and environmentally sustainable. Since early 2013, the coalition has been working together to share unique knowledge, skills and interests. The goal is to raise awareness and support of our shared community responsibilities of environmental stewardship, social well being and economic prosperity over the long term.

Participating organizations include those whose missions include or support the following: recycling, energy efficiency, transportation alternatives, local foods/goods/services, organic gardening, environmental protection, human rights, corporate and community social responsibility and others.

The organizations that participated in the fair were: Conservation Commission, Friends of the Fells, Grow Native MA, Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance, Melrose Energy Commission, Melrose Recycling Committee, Next Step Living, Pedestrian and Bicycling Committee, Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market and Unitarian Universalist Church Green Sanctuary Program.

Sustainable Melrose booth




Lots of residents came by the Melrose Recycling Committee table to ask questions, take stickers and flyers and learn more about volunteer opportunities. The table was staffed by Recycling Committee volunteers, Phyllis, Clark and George, along with Melrose’s Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator, Jessie.




The DPW/Engineering table, staffed by Meera, Beth and Cindy, was placed at the other end of Main Street. They gave away free low flow shower heads, quizzed residents on their DPW knowledge, answered questions and displayed information about the city’s latest engineering projects.





Thanks to the Melrose Chamber of Commerce and the City of Melrose for organizing another amazing Victorian Fair! See you next year!

Intern Guest Column

Nicole Cirino, Environmental Projects Intern, wrote a guest column about Waste to Energy Incineration Facilities. The column is based on her senior thesis research project at college. Check it out here. Great job Nicole!

Melrose's waste is sent to Covanta Energy in Haverhill, a Waste to Energy Facility. This is the tipping floor at that facility.

Melrose’s waste is sent to Covanta Energy in Haverhill, a Waste to Energy Facility. This is the tipping floor at that facility.


Recycling Event: Saturday, Sept. 21

On Saturday, September 21, there will be a rigid plastics 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. Rigid plastics include: lawn furniture, children’s toys, laundry baskets, storage containers and more.rigid-plastics

The items collected at all events include: CRT’s ($7) including televisions, monitors, and lap tops, CFL bulbs, tires ($2-4), mercury items, clothes, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods ($15) including microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment. The fees help defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only). Recycling stickers, curbside recycling bins ($6) and educational information will also be available.

Mayor Dolan: Melrose Leads the Way in Solar Installations

Melrose Leads the Way in Solar Installations.

Check out Mayor Dolan’s blog post about the solar panel installations map. One of the environmental projects interns, Liam Pierce, helped Martha Grover, Melrose’s Energy Efficiency Manager, on this project. The map shows that over eighty Melrose residents have installed solar panels on their homes. To date this 878 kW solar capacity produces 1,000,000 kWh of electricity which will eliminate the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity usage of 100 homes this year.

Intern Guest Column

Alisha Park, Environmental Projects Intern, wrote a column about her recycling experiences in college. Check it out here. Great job Alisha!

Neighborhood Night Out Gooch 1

Alisha at Neighborhood Night Out at Gooch Park


Back to School Contest: Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Melrose Public Schools are back in session and with the beginning of the year comes a new “Back to School” textile recycling contest sponsored by Bay State Textiles! We have to collect 18,000 pounds of textiles all together to be able to win the money from Bay State textiles. See details on the flyer below! For a full list of acceptable items click here. Donate those textiles and help our school PTOs win $900 by the end of November!

Textile Fundraiser Large Flyer

In May, a Recycling Matters column featured the School Textile Recycling program. If you missed it, you can read it here.

Reminder: Trash and Recycling on Holiday Schedule

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