Recycling Committee to feature “T-shirts to Bags,” composting information at Healthy Melrose Fair

As it has for the last several years, the Melrose Recycling Committee (MRC) will participate in this year’s Healthy Melrose Fair, where committee members will provide information and answer questions about recycling in Melrose and about city’s new “BYOBag” ordinance that will restrict the distribution of single-use plastic bags in Melrose.

To help residents prepare for the new BYOBag ordinance, the Melrose Recycling Committee will make T-shirts into reusable bags at this year’s Healthy Melrose Fair. The Committee invites attendees to bring a T-shirt (in good condition, clean, preferable size small or medium). In just a few minutes, Recycling Committee volunteers will turn the T-shirt into a sturdy reusable bag. Give new purpose to those T-shirts you no longer wear, but want to keep around. The Committee will have a selection of T-shirt bags available for attendees who don’t bring their own shirt. The Committee will also provide information and answers questions about the new ordinance, which takes effect beginning July 1, 2018.

The Recycling Committee will also be providing information on recycling programs in the city and options for recycling items that aren’t eligible for curbside collection. MRC will also have new information on a growing number of options for curbside food waste collection here in Melrose. Several vendors have emerged in recent months to offer such services, and MRC has done some recent research into their respective offerings.

The Healthy Melrose Family Wellness & Fitness Fair will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 the Melrose Athletic Complex (the Melrose High School football field, next to the Melrose Middle School). To learn more about the activity schedule for the event, please visit

For further information on the Melrose Recycling Committee and its programs and activities, contact George Stubbs at 781-775-5058.


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