Archive for October, 2013

Yellowbook Opt-Out Option

yellowbook phone book opt outIn the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste.

If it happens that you’re not someone who uses phone books, it’s easier than ever to visit the National Yellow Pages consumer choice opt-out site and opt out of receiving them, or customize your delivery options so that you only get the books you want.

The new phone books in the Greater Boston area will be coming out end of December and into January so if you won’t use a printed phone book, opting out offers some great green advantages. Creating and delivering a phone book requires energy, fuel, paper and other resources that can all be saved in advance.

If you’d like to recycle your current book, place it in your curbside bin or in the paper recycling dumpster at the City Yard at 72 Tremont Street Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Household Hazardous Waste Day – A Success

Melrose held its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day last Saturday, October 19. The event was a huge success with 215 cars entering the DPW Operations Facility for Hazardous Waste drop off.

DPW and Clean Harbors collected:

  • 989 gallons of paint, stain, varnish, thinner
  • 300 gallons of oil, gas, antifreeze, degreaser, transmission fluid
  • 63 gallons of lighter fluids, roof tar, swimming pool chemicals
  • 119 gallons of insecticides, fungicides, weed killer, moth balls
  • 152 gallons of household cleaners, photo chemicals, hobby supplies
  • 44 gallons of driveway sealer
  • 72 light bulbs/other mercury items (collected by Covanta Energy)

A total of  1794 hazardous items were diverted from the waste stream and disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Thank you to all residents who participated in this event!

The Operations Facility also had around 400 cars entering to drop off recyclables and yard waste.

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Reminder: Trash and Recycling on Holiday Schedule

Curbside trash and recycling will be delayed one day this week due to the Columbus Day Holiday. 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.

Melrose Recycling Committee Meeting: Oct. 10

The Melrose Recycling Committee is holding a meeting on Thursday, October 10 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Public Works Operations Facility at 72 Tremont Street. The committee is looking to recruit members for some of the following activities: 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.


Committee members volunteered at the 2013 Victorian Fair.

Committee members took a tour of Covanta Energy, the waste-to-energy facility where Melrose sends its waste.

Committee members took a tour of Covanta Energy, the waste-to-energy facility where Melrose sends its waste.

MVMMS Green Team Club is Back!

The Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School’s Green Team environmental club is starting up again on Thursday, October 3 after school in room C208. All students are invited to join the Green Team.

Last year, the Green Team participated in the “Siemens: We Can Change the World Challenge.” The club members worked on projects focused around reducing plastic water bottle waste and reducing food waste in the cafeteria. The club’s focus this year is yet to be determined.

Sisters, Sophia and Chloe, were members of the Green Team. They worked on reducing plastic water bottle waste.

Sophia and Chloe worked on reducing plastic water bottle waste.

For more information, contact Ms. Apostolos (MVMMS Science teacher) at or Jessie Schmitt at

Household Hazardous Waste Collection: Oct. 19

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Saturday, Oct. 19, 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.-1 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 ($2-7) will be charged for each item. 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.