Melrose Recycling Committee to Sponsor 2nd Event in Speaker Series on Plastics

Ever look at an item you’re about to discard and wonder if it can be recycled—or if it can, how? These are the types of questions that Melrose residents often ask the Department of Public Works and the Melrose Recycling Committee (MRC) at events like the Victorian Fair and the Healthy Melrose Fair. Or when they are just visiting the DPW yard to drop off stuff.

DPW and MRC staff will be prepared to answer such questions at the next event in MRC’s summer speaker series, “Less Plastic is Fantastic,” on Tuesday, July 11 at the Milano Senior Center.

The event, “Where do I Put This?”, will address the question of what items go where, and in particular will focus on a very vexing question for dedicated and would-be recyclers: Why is some plastic recyclable and why are other types of plastic products not? Sure, most types of plastic have those numbers on them, but that doesn’t mean they should be disposed of in the same way. And as for those single-use plastic bags–you’ll learn why putting them into your curbside bin is a big no-no.

The speakers will review the process at JRM, the waste management company that picks up our recycling, and they’ll have some updates on many materials that need to be reused or recycled. Come learn how to make your own recycling efforts, and the city’s, more efficient and effective.

The third and final event in MRC speaker series will take place on August 22. Attendees at “The Second Life of Plastic Bottles” will learn how our green soda bottles and other beverage bottles are recycled. See how recycling cleanly makes this process more effective. The speaker will be Charlie Faulstich, a Melrose resident who works at wTe Corp., a recycler of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic resins.

All events are on Tuesdays, are free and open to all, and will take place at the Milano Senior Center (201 West Foster Street) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For further information, contact Robin Snyder-Drummond at 617-435-0693.

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Melrose Recycling Committee to Sponsor Speaker Series on Plastics

Melrose, MA—As part of an ongoing effort to educate the Melrose public about recycling issues, the Melrose Recycling Committee will sponsor a series of speakers this summer who will address issues around the management of plastic waste. The talks will delve into the history of plastic and how certain types of plastic products are recycled, and they will address an issue of concern to all citizens—what can and can’t be recycled, and how to recycle properly and effectively.

“We’ll be talking trash, in a most productive way,” says Robin Snyder-Drummond, a Recycling Committee volunteer and developer of the speaker series. “People who attend these events will find out how materials can be reused or recycled, and how we can recycle in the cleanest and most cost effective way.

“There is plenty of plastic in the world,” she adds. “We need to keep reducing and reusing it as much as possible.”

The three events will be the following:

  • June 20: How and when did plastics become so commonplace in our society? Can plastic products be produced in a more environmentally friendly way by making them from milk protein (casein) instead of fossil fuels? Learn more about the history of plastics and the opportunities of bioplastics in life and art from Cambridge-based artist Freedom Baird.
  • July 11: Confused about what items go where? Why is some plastic recyclable and why are other types of plastic products not? Come learn how to make your own recycling efforts, and the city’s, more efficient and effective. We’ll review the process at JRM, the waste management company that picks up our recycling. And we’ll have some updates on many materials that need to be reused or recycled. (Speaker to be determined.)
  • August 22: Learn how your green soda bottles and other beverage bottles are recycled. See how recycling cleanly makes this process more effective. The speaker will be Charlie Faulstich, a Melrose resident who works at wTe Corp., a recycler of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic resins.

All events are on Tuesdays and will take place at the Milano Senior Center (201 West Foster Street) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.