Archive for July, 2014

Mattress Recycling at UTEC

Melrose DPW is holding its first mattress recycling event on July 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at 72 Tremont Street. The event is sponsored by Melrose Cooperative Bank.

The mattresses and box springs collected at the event will be picked up and recycled by the Lowell-based United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), an organization that provides jobs and GED preparation classes for proven-risk youth in Lowell and Lawrence.

As stated on their website, UTEC’s mission and promise is “to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success”.

I took a tour of the UTEC in Lowell to make sure it was a organization that Melrose should partner with. I learned that UTEC is an incredible place that accomplishes its goals everyday.

The building is the oldest LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) platinum certified building in the world.

For more information about UTEC click here to view their website.





Here are some photos of the youth collecting and deconstructing the mattresses.




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Curbside Yard Waste Pickup Schedule

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First Mattress Recycling Event: July 19

One of the most wasteful and expensive practices in the country is throwing used mattresses in the trash. Mattresses, which are large, bulky and costly to haul and dispose of, are typically sent to landfills or incinerators.

A growing trend is mattress recycling, in which mattresses are disassembled into useful parts that can be recycled and reused. Recognizing the many benefits of this practice, the Melrose Department of Public Works is holding its first mattress recycling event on Saturday, July 19, from 8 a.m.-noon at the DPW Operations Facility, 72 Tremont Street.

This event is sponsored by Melrose Cooperative Bank and any type of mattresses or box spring can be dropped off for free.

Up to 95 percent of mattress components – including metal, cotton and foam – are recyclable. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of mattresses are recycled annually. Melrose is one of the first communities in the area to organize a mattress recycling event.

“This is an excellent opportunity to cut down on waste, reduce the amount of money we’re spending to haul these mattresses and also create recycling jobs,” says Ann Waitt, Assistant Director of Public Works. “Most people aren’t even aware that mattresses can be recycled and how much of the materials go to waste.

“We’re hoping to get a good turnout on July 19 and start a trend here in Melrose.”

The mattresses and box springs collected at the event will be picked up and recycled by the Lowell-based United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), an organization that provides jobs and GED preparation classes for proven-risk youth. UTEC’s mission is to offer constructive opportunities for young people who might otherwise be involved with gangs, violence and illegal activities.

“In addition to taking advantage of this new recycling option, you’ll be supporting a great youth program, the UTEC,” adds Waitt.


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Youth at UTEC deconstruct mattresses and boxsprings to recycle their parts.


Discounted metal recycling

At the same July 19 event, metal items that are typically collected at Saturday events will be accepted at a discounted price of $10. The usual rate for recycling metal items is $15 per item.

Accepted items include (but are not limited to): refrigerators, stoves, exercise equipment, washers, dryers, iron sinks, pipes, storm doors and windows, hot water heaters, radiators, bicycles, chairs, metal desks, metal file cabinets, dismantled play sets, dehumidifiers, recliners, sleep sofas, lawn mowers, air conditioners, snow blowers, paper shredders, grills, metal lockers and microwaves.

For more information, contact Jessie Schmitt, the Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator at or 781-665-0142.

Recycling Committee Meet and Greet

MRC logoThe Melrose Recycling Committee is holding a Meet and Greet event on Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School’s second floor project room. The event is open to all Melrose residents and provides an opportunity to meet current committee members, learn about what the committee’s accomplishments and how you can get involved.


Healthy Melrose 4The Recycling Committee is looking to recruit volunteers for some the following activities: working at Saturday recycling events, tabling at community events including the Victorian Fair, working on education campaigns, organizing the annual Swap Day and more. All types of volunteers are welcome, including those who can only volunteer a few times per year and those who want to be very active by attending monthly meetings and participating in many activities. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

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The Melrose Recycling Committee is group of resident volunteers whose goals are to reduce waste, increase recycling, and educate the public. The committee achieves its goals by serving as a resource and advocate to help residents, institutions and visitors reduce their environmental impact, save money and keep Melrose beautiful.  The committee works directly with city officials to improve the solid waste and recycling programs in cost-effective and easy to implement ways.

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.

To express your interest or get more information about the Melrose Recycling Committee, contact Jessie Schmitt, Melrose Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator at


Reminder: Trash and Recycling on Holiday Schedule

The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection on Friday, July 4th due to the Independence Day Holiday. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on a holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Saturday, July 5th. Kindly be reminded that Friday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up Saturday, July 5th.