Archive for March, 2014

Recycling Center Open on Saturdays!

The Public Works Department Recycling Center (City Yard) at 72 Tremont Street will be open Saturdays starting April 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for drop off of yard waste, recyclables (including plastic, glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard), books, textiles, CFL bulbs and propane tanks. The Recycling Center will continue to be open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Melrose Recycling Center Gate Sign

Weather Alert!

Mayor Infurna's Blog

Please be advised of a potentially dangerous morning commute and school dropoff. Rain will give way early tomorrow morning to a very quick hard freeze and slight accumulation of snow (1-2 inches). As the rain ends tomorrow morning at approximately 4 a.m., there will be a quick blast of cold winter air that will descend upon the area, causing a quick freeze. The DPW will have a sanding team out at 4 a.m., however, due to the nature of this quick freeze, roads, sidewalks, and stairs will be slippery and potentially dangerous. Please allow yourself plenty of time tomorrow for your commute and school dropoff, and drive cautiously.

Be patient! Spring is right around the corner!

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50 Days in the Schools #15: Making the Middle School even greener

Check out this great post about the MVMMS Green Team on Mayor Dolan’s blog!

Mayor Infurna's Blog

Green Team members Cormac Lynch, Devin McDaid, Sophia Melville, and Amelia Middelton Green Team members Cormac Lynch, Devin McDaid, Sophia Melville, and Amelia Middelton

Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School is already a green school, but could it get greener?

The Green Team thinks it can—and they are doing something about it.

The Green Team is an environmental club at the middle school, and last year they took part in the national We Can Change the World Challenge, in which they had to look at how to improve the school from an environmental perspective. One of the problems they identified was water bottle waste, and this year, the team decided to take action: They are raising funds for a water bottle refilling station in the school.

The students began by doing a survey of students, then met with principal Tom Brow to discuss their proposal. “He loved the idea, and he has been a great advocate for them,” said Recycling Coordinator Jessie Schmitt…

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New Textile and Book Donation Boxes at DPW

Melrose’s Recycle Center (City Yard) has two new boxes for donating books and clothes. The Recycling Center’s two Got Books boxes were replaced by a blue Recycle That box and a white Bay State Textiles box. This change occurred because Got Books went out of business.

The Recycle That ( blue box will collect books, CDs, DVDs and audio books.

The Bay State Textiles ( white box will collect textiles including clothing, footwear, accessories, linens, stuffed animals and much more. For a full list of items click here.

new boxes

The items collected will be dealt with the same way on the company’s end so the only difference for residents will be the box color. Clothes and books are separated instead of mixed together in the boxes. Make sure to read the labels on the boxes so you put the correct items into the boxes.

This program raises money for Melrose recycling programs. These boxes are a great way to get rid of old things you don’t use anymore and give them to be reused or recycled.

Styrofoam Recycling Event: March 15

Melrose DPW will hold a Styrofoam collection day on Saturday, March 15 at 72 Tremont Street from 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. ReFoamIt will collect the Styrofoam and transport it to their facility in Leominster, MA where it will be placed in a machine and made into blocks to be recycled. Visit to see what types of Styrofoam can and cannot be recycled.

Melrose is holding this event because Styrofoam cannot be placed in curbside recycling and therefore needs to be recycled separately. When burned, Styrofoam creates a toxic ash and when placed in landfills, it never breaks down.

This is a free event and open to Melrose residents only.

list of styrofoam recycling

The items collected at all recycling events include: CRT’s ($7-15) including televisions, monitors, and lap tops, CFL bulbs, tires ($2-8), 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.