Recycle Your Plastic Bags Tomorrow!

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On Saturday, May 16, Melrose DPW is hosting a plastic bag recycling drop off event at the DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street from 8 a.m. to noon.

Despite the recycling symbol on plastic bags, they cannot go into your curbside recycling bins. They cause issues with the recycling process at recycling facilities. However, they can be recycled separately from regular curbside recycling year round at stores such as Whole Foods and Shaw’s. Most of the plastic is recycled into composite lumber for decks. To learn more about the issues related plastic bags and film, read this blog post written by Recycling Committee member Jeana McNeil.

The plastic bags and film that will be accepted at the event include: dry cleaning bags, produce bags, newspaper bags, case wrap (ex. wraps on beverage cases) and packing air pillows. See graphic below for a full list of items.

This event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Melrose.

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The items collected at all Saturday recycling events (besides Swap Day) include: CRT’s including televisions, monitors and lap tops ($10-$15), electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, tires ($2-$8), mercury items, dried latex paint and metal goods ($20). Recycling Center stickers and recycling label stickers will be available for free.

Click here to see the full 2015 Recycling Events Calendar.

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