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First-ever Mattress Recycling Event comes to Melrose

July 9, 2014

Melrose, MA - July 8, 2014 – The city of Melrose and Melrose Bank are co-sponsoring the city’s first mattress recycling event on Saturday, July 19. The event will be held from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm at City Yard, 72 Tremont Street, and is free to all Melrose residents.

Mattresses are typically comprised of recyclable materials including steel, cotton and foam. However, on many occasions these materials are wasted when old or unused mattresses are disposed as trash. Mattresses collected at this event will be disassembled by members of the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) and salvageable materials will be recycled.

“People joke about ‘keeping money under your mattress,’ but may not know that there is actual value in the materials their mattresses are made of. We hope that this event will educate and remind folks that recycling efforts are worthwhile,” said Melrose’s Recycling Coordinator, Jessie Schmidt.

“We look forward to introducing this new environmental initiative to the community,” said Jeff Jones, Melrose Bank’s President and CEO. “This event will not only have a positive impact on the environment, but also on the local youth who will be involved in bringing the project to completion.”

UTEC is a youth development agency based in Lowell, Massachusetts. Since 1999, this organization has provided proven-risk teens with alternative career and education opportunities. The goal is to encourage ambition and help teens strive for social and economic success, rather than be victims of violence and poverty. Those involved with the deconstruction and recycling of mattresses will be learning and practicing valuable work skills.

Founded in 1890, Melrose Bank is a community bank dedicated to providing financial resources and support for the community. Products and services include residential mortgages, consumer loans, retirement plans and full-service banking. All deposits are insured in full by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Share Insurance Fund. For more information, please visit or


For More Information Contact:
James E. Oosterman
Vice President
(781) 665-2500

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