Why Shop? When You Can Swap!

by Dana Webber

Melrose held its Fifth Annual Swap Day Saturday, October 7, in the parking lot behind City Hall. Swap Day is Melrose’ Melrose’s community reuse event that provides an opportunity to save reusable items from being discarded. Hosted by the Melrose Recycling Committee in partnership with the City of Melrose and Birth to Five, Swap Day is a “community reuse event.” People who have items they no longer need can give them away to others who need them. And you don’t have to bring something to take something.

Swap Day 2017 pic 1Nearly 300 people from Melrose and surrounding communities dropped by to “give or take.”


From Donor to New Owner  This sombrero went from its donor on the left to find a happy owner on the right.Swap Day 2017 pic 2


Another Happy “Customer”Swap Day 2017 pic 3Some families on a tight budget were there to find items at the “Birth to Five” table for their kids–from newborns to toddlers. This child rode away with a smile.


Swap Day 2017 pic 4Swap Day 2017 pic 5Hunting for Treasure  Many others came out of curiosity to find a book to read or a “one of a kind” item to display.


300 people at Swap DayA Charitable Undertaking  Some of these gently worn clothing items will find their way to homeless shelters, hurricane survivors and international relief efforts.


Swap Day is one of many events that the Melrose Recycling Committee holds in partnership with the City’s Department of Public Works. Our mission is to help protect our planet by encouraging people to reduce, reuse and recycle. If you are interested in learning more (or volunteering with us) contact:

Sadie Brown
Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator
72 Tremont Street