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.