Victorian Fair Fun!

The 34th Victorian Fair was a great one! The Melrose Recycling Committee had a table placed in the section with the Sustainable Melrose Coalition. The Coalition is a group of organizations and people in Melrose working to make our community more livable, healthy and environmentally sustainable. Since early 2013, the coalition has been working together to share unique knowledge, skills and interests. The goal is to raise awareness and support of our shared community responsibilities of environmental stewardship, social well being and economic prosperity over the long term.

The Sustainable Melrose organizations that participated in the fair were: Conservation Commission, Friends of the Fells, Melrose Native, Melrose Energy Commission, Melrose Recycling Committee, Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market and Unitarian Universalist Church Green Sanctuary Group.

It was a beautiful day and we all had a wonderful time. Thanks to the Melrose Chamber of Commerce for another great Victorian Fair!

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Recycling Center Open Late Monday Nights

The DPW Recycling Center on 72 Tremont Street is open extended hours on Mondays this fall. The Center will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Mondays from September 15 to December 1. Take advantage of these extra hours to drop off regular recyclables (paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum) textiles, books, yard waste, CFL bulbs and more!

Rigid Plastics Recycling Event, Sept. 20

On Saturday, September 20, DPW is holding a rigid plastics recycling drop off event. It will be held at the DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street from 8 a.m. to noon. Rigid plastics include: lawn furniture, children’s toys, laundry baskets, storage containers, recycling bins and more.

If you decided to use a different bin or barrel for Melrose’s new recycling program and would like to get rid of your old recycling bin, bring it to the event to be recycled.

The items collected at all events include: CRT’s ($10-15) including televisions, monitors, and lap tops, CFL bulbs, tires ($2-4), mercury items, clothes, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods ($20) including microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners and exercise equipment. The fees help defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only). Recycling stickers and educational information will also be available.

For a listing of additional events or for more information and questions, please visit our website or call 781-665-0142.



New Recycling Committee Website

The Melrose Recycling Committee has launched a website. It has a FAQs section, committee blog, events calendars, news and the Recyclopedia, an A-Z guide of how to recycle everything.

Check it out here!

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The Melrose Recycling Committee will be at the Victorian Fair on September 7  with the other Sustainable Melrose groups. Stop by to meet the members and learn more about recycling in Melrose.

Weekly Single Stream Recycling Video

Check out this 1 minute video about the new weekly single stream recycling pickup program starting September 8.

Click here!


Thank you to MMTV for helping create this video.

Weekly Single Stream Recycling Starts Sept. 8!

Starting with the week of September 8, Melrose is making major changes in its recycling program.

From that point forward, curbside recycling pickup will take place every week. In addition, recycling has been switched to “single stream,” which means that recyclable items do not have to be sorted into separate bins for paper and plastic, glass and aluminum.

With single stream, all recyclable items can go into one container, although it is not mandatory. Melrose residents who would like to sort recyclables into two bins can continue to do so.

Recycling will be collected every week on the same day as trash pickup.

“Our goal with this change is to increase recycling participation, all while increasing customer service.” says John Scenna, Director of Public Works. “Using a single stream approach coupled with the weekly pickup should simplify the process, making it easier and more convenient for people to recycle.”

Some pickup routes will change to make collection more efficient. All houses affected by route changes received a letter in the mail. If you are unsure about a pickup day, visit the Department of Public Works page at or click here.

The red and green recycling bins will no longer be sold. Recyclables can be placed in any bin or barrel as long as it is clearly labeled and less than 45 gallons and 45 pounds. Free recycling stickers are available at 72 Tremont St., Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Melrose DPW is requesting that residents make every effort to keep streets clean by not overfilling bins and barrels. It is recommended that bins are covered to reduce litter caused by wind or barrels filling up with water. Recycling should be placed on the curb by 7 a.m.

correct trash and recycling barrelsHere are the items that should go into recycling bins:

  • Plastics #1-7 (except Styrofoam #6 and plastic bags)
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Aluminum cans
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cartons
  • Clean part of pizza box (rip off the soiled part and place in trash)

Food containers should be cleaned to remove as much food residue as possible and not flattened.

There are certain items that cannot be recycled, the most common of which are plastic bags and Styrofoam. They both disrupt the recycling process. The DPW provides opportunities to recycle these items at special Saturday recycling events.

The recycling event calendar can be found at here. Plastic grocery bags can also be recycled at local grocery stores.

If you would like to drop off recyclables, yard waste, clothes, books, CFL bulbs and other items, the Tremont Street Recycling Center is typically open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, as another added service to residents, from September 15 to December 1, the Center will be open on Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will also be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from April to December as per the usual schedule. At the center, recyclables will continue to be separated into dumpsters for cardboard, paper, mixed plastic, glass and aluminum.

The City’s trash collection program will remain the same for the most part. All trash barrels and bags must be less than 45 gallons and 45 pounds, and four barrels or bags are allowed per household per pickup. Trash left out in cardboard boxes will not be picked up.

One large or bulky item can be picked up for free each week but house cleanouts will no longer be picked up. They must be collected by a private hauler contracted by the resident.

For more information, contact the DPW at or call 781-665-0142.

Sign Up for the Monthly Recycling E-Newsletter!

The Melrose Recycling monthly e-newsletter is a great way to stay up to date on recycling news, event information and more. Sign up to receive the newsletter here. To read previous newsletters click here.



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