Swap Day

swap day


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. The 5th Annual Swap Day is scheduled for October 7, 2017 in the City Hall parking lot. Details will be posted below as the event approaches.

You may also find our Reuse Resources List useful if you are looking to acquire or get rid of any reusable goods at other times of the year.


Melrose’s Fifth Annual Swap Day will be held on Saturday, October 7, 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 Recycling Committee in partnership with the City of Melrose and Birth to Five. 

Swap Day is a community reuse event that provides an opportunity to save reusable items from being discarded and give them a new life and a new home. You don’t have to bring something to take something. If you are looking to “de-clutter,” this is a good opportunity to give new life to items that may no longer have a place in your home but that have not outlived their usefulness. If you are moving in to Melrose, or just need certain items, here’s an opportunity to find what you are looking for while sticking to a tight budget.

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 and follow the directions of the staff on site. 

Although there may be some changes to the lists of acceptable and unacceptable items, for now, please follow the guidelines presented here and set aside items accordingly.

Acceptable items including the following:

Clothes and textiles, which in addition to shirts, pants, blouses, etc., may include purses, bags, jewelry, scarves, coats, gloves, hats, backpacks, totes, shoes, and sandals.

Books, CDs, DVDs: Books can include textbooks. CDs and DVDs should be in their original labelled cases and not scratched.

Sports equipment, including balls, bats, rackets, and roller blades.

School/office supplies, including notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, staplers, scissors, file folders, and craft items.

 Household items such as small furniture (nothing upholstered) and home décor. This can include kitchen items such as dishware, pots, and pans; small electronics such as blenders and toasters (in working condition); small furniture such as tables and chairs (not upholstered, as noted); and artwork and décor, such as pictures and picture frames, baskets, vases, and clocks.

 Small electronics, such as DVD players, radios, phones, and computer accessories. NO TVs and monitors. Those can be dropped off at the DPW City Yard during the week and during Saturday events.

 Items that are NOT acceptable include large appliances and metal goods, large upholstered furniture, and—as noted—large electronics such as TVs and monitors. Your old TVs and computer monitors can be dropped off at the Melrose City Yard during the week, with a fee charged for the monitors.

 All items not swapped will be donated to charitable organizations yet to be determined. For a complete list of items, visit http://www.melrecyclingcommittee.wordpress.com.

 For more information, email the Recycling Committee at melroserecyclingcommittee@gmail.com or call George at 781-775-5058.