The DPW provides various opportunities to dispose of yard waste including curbside pickup and drop off at the DPW Recycling Center on 72 Tremont Street. The yard waste collected is composted and then available for residents to pick up for free the following spring. To ensure that these processes are done correctly, there are some yard waste guidelines for residents to follow.
To prepare yard waste to be collected curbside it needs to be placed in barrel or bag under 45 gallons and 45 pounds. Barrels need to be clearly labeled and stickers are available at 72 Tremont Street. Brown paper bags are acceptable but yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.
There is a ten barrel and/ or bag maximum. The bag and barrel limits are in place for the safety of the Department of Public Works employees and the capacity of the yard waste trucks.
Place yard waste on the curb on your collection day by 7 a.m. The 2014 pickups are on the regular schedule with one extra week in November to accommodate the busiest month. Therefor the upcoming pickups are on the week of: October 27, November 3, 10, 17 (extra week) and December 1.
Residents can also drop off yard waste at the Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. year-round and Saturdays 8 a.m. 3 p.m. April through December. The Center will also be open until 7 p.m. on Monday nights until December 1. This yard waste drop off is available to Melrose residents only, not commercial vehicles. Cars must have a Recycling Center sticker to enter the center. The stickers are available for free at the Resident Service Office at 72 Tremont Street.
Christmas tree pickup is the first and second week in January. Trees in plastic bags, on stands or with decorations will not be collected. Those items disturb the compost process.
For more information, call the DPW Office at 781-665-0142 or email email@example.com.