Archive for September, 2014

Swap Day 2014 – A Huge Success!

Our Second Annual Swap Day last Saturday was a huge success! The weather was beautiful and many people showed up to drop and swap items.

The event was run by the Melrose Department of Public Works and the Melrose Recycling Committee in partnership with Birth to Five and the Friends of the Library.  The items not swapped were donated to Goodwill and other charitable organizations.


Sierra and Zoe, Melrose High School students, organized the books, CDs and DVDs section as volunteers for the Friends of the Melrose Public Library.

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Ali Reeder, a community volunteer, helped a resident pick out clothes for her newborn.

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The kids clothes section was busy all day with families coming and going – this family picked out new shoes for their little ones.

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Mike Lindstrom and Andrew Schuyler, volunteers from Birth to Five.

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A happy boy goes home with a new bike!

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Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who helped organize and run the event! Without all of you, this event would not have been possible.

Swap Day this Saturday!

Melrose’s Second Annual Swap Day will be held this Saturday, September 27 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot behind City Hall at 562 Main Street. The event is run by the Melrose Department of Public Works and the Melrose Recycling Committee in partnership with Birth to Five and the Friends of the Library.

Swap Day is a community reuse event which provides an opportunity to save reusable items from the trash and give them a new life and a new home. You don’t have to bring something to take something.

All items must be clean, only gently used and able to be carried by one person. All items will be inspected and approved before entering the event. Please enter the parking lot in between Memorial Hall and the Fire Station.

Acceptable items:

  • Textiles, shoes
  • Books, CDs, DVDs
  • Sports equipment
  • School/office supplies
  • Small furniture (nothing upholstered) and home décor
  • Small electronics

Unacceptable items:

  • Large electronics (TVs, monitors)
  • Large appliances, metal goods
  • Large upholstered furniture

All items not swapped will be donated to Goodwill and other charitable organizations. For a complete list of items, go to the Swap Day 2014 page.

Victorian Fair Fun!

The 34th Victorian Fair was a great one! The Melrose Recycling Committee had a table placed in the section with the 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.

The Sustainable Melrose organizations that participated in the fair were: Conservation Commission, Friends of the Fells, Melrose Native, Melrose Energy Commission, Melrose Recycling Committee, Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market and Unitarian Universalist Church Green Sanctuary Group.

It was a beautiful day and we all had a wonderful time. Thanks to the Melrose Chamber of Commerce for another great Victorian Fair!

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Recycling Center Open Late Monday Nights

The DPW Recycling Center on 72 Tremont Street is open extended hours on Mondays this fall. The Center will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Mondays from September 15 to December 1. Take advantage of these extra hours to drop off regular recyclables (paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum) textiles, books, yard waste, CFL bulbs and more!

Rigid Plastics Recycling Event, Sept. 20

On Saturday, September 20, DPW is holding a rigid plastics recycling drop off event. It will be held at the DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street from 8 a.m. to noon. Rigid plastics include: lawn furniture, children’s toys, laundry baskets, storage containers, recycling bins and more.

If you decided to use a different bin or barrel for Melrose’s new recycling program and would like to get rid of your old recycling bin, bring it to the event to be recycled.

The items collected at all events include: CRT’s ($10-15) including televisions, monitors, and lap tops, CFL bulbs, tires ($2-4), mercury items, clothes, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods ($20) 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 and educational information will also be available.

For a listing of additional events or for more information and questions, please visit our website or call 781-665-0142.



New Recycling Committee Website

The Melrose Recycling Committee has launched a website. It has a FAQs section, committee blog, events calendars, news and the Recyclopedia, an A-Z guide of how to recycle everything.

Check it out here!

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The Melrose Recycling Committee will be at the Victorian Fair on September 7  with the other Sustainable Melrose groups. Stop by to meet the members and learn more about recycling in Melrose.