MELROSE — State Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian will host the inaugural Recycling & Sustainability Day for the City of Melrose, partnering with Mayor Paul Brodeur and the Department of Public Works, Senator Jason Lewis, and organizations local to the City and across the Commonwealth. This one-day event is a unique hub that allows Melrosians to consciously clear clutter while making a difference and learning how to further their sustainability initiatives.

At the Recycling & Sustainability Day event, Melrosians can recycle their old dehumidifiers and receive a rebate from National Grid; up-cycle gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, and building materials with Habitat for Humanity; recycle outdated electronics with peace of mind for proper data erasing with Green Team Junk Removal; explore household organic waste solutions with Black Earth Compost; up-cycle bikes and participate in a bike swap with the Melrose Pedestrian and Bike Committee; dispose of hard-to-recycle plastics through Zero Waste Melrose’s Terracycle programs; explore volunteer opportunities with local environmental organizations such as Keep Melrose Beautiful and Friends of the Fells; and more!

Continuing a medical supply drive hosted by City Hall earlier this month, Representative Lipper- Garabedian also will collect medical supplies for Ukrainian orphans, displaced persons, and those affected by the current situation in Ukraine.

“I am excited about this opportunity to support and expand civic engagement for climate action individually and collectivity while integrating community leadership from the grassroots to the State House,” said Representative Lipper-Garabedian, a member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy and the Zero Waste Caucus. “The hub offers an opportunity to jumpstart our spring cleaning with a sustainability foundation, gear up for a meaningful Earth Day, and explore ongoing opportunities to address our climate crisis. I am also glad to continue the City’s efforts to address the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in the Ukraine.”

“I am grateful to be able to partner with so many individuals and organizations to focus on sustainability and applaud Representative Lipper-Garabedian for leading this important event,” said Mayor Paul Brodeur.

“The enormous volume of solid waste produced in Massachusetts towns and cities has significant environmental and economic impacts. As co-founder of the Zero Waste Caucus, I look forward to continuing efforts to reduce waste through legislative action, state and local collaboration, information gathering, education, and public outreach,” said Senator Jason Lewis. “I want to thank Representative Lipper-Garabedian and the other hosts of this event for their efforts to work towards a more environmentally conscious and sustainable Melrose.”

The inaugural Recycling and Sustainability Day event is Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, at Melrose Public High School Parking, entrance Melrose Street.

Please follow Representative Lipper-Garabedian’s social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @KateforRep and consult her email newsletters, available at tinyurl.com/KLG-newsletters for updated information regarding the event and details on acceptable items for donations.