Household Hazardous Waste Day in Stoneham Sat. June 24th

On Saturday, June 24th, the Town of Stoneham and the City of Melrose are partnering for a joint Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. The event will be held at Stoneham High School at 149 Franklin Street. From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. you can drop off certain toxic household items that are not allowed in the trash. Proof of residency is required.   Fees will primarily be determined by actual estimated total volume of hazardous waste not volume of containers themselves according to the following fee list:

1-3 gal.    $ 20

4-10 gal.    $ 30

11-25 gal.     $ 50

Commercial hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Since the improper disposal of hazardous waste is dangerous for Department of Public Works employees and harmful to the environment, we encourage you to take advantage of this important event.

The event flier with details on what will and will NOT be accepted (and how to transport everything) can be viewed below, or printed as a PDF from the city’s event page. (Please note that Melrose residents should bring dried latex paint (free), tires ($2-8) and propane tanks (free) to the City Yard at 72 Tremont Street during regular hours of operation rather than to Stoneham on this hazardous waste day.)

If you cannot attend this event but have household hazardous waste to dispose of, please consult the complete list of events in surrounding communities which welcome Melrose residents (times and fees may be restricted in each individual town – please contact them directly to ensure smooth drop-off).

Call 781-665-0142 for further details.

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City Yard Access Affected by National Grid Work on Tremont Street

Access to DPW’s City Yard, Operations Facility and Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street is currently being affected by work being done by National Grid on Tremont Street. Currently the best access to the yard is to enter Tremont Street from Lynn Fells Parkway (the road is closed at the West Emerson Street end). Construction is supposed to conclude this week. Thank you for your patience and understanding as this work is done. Please stay tuned to our Twitter account @MelroseDPW or call our office at 781-665-0142 for relevant updates.

Recycling Event on June 17 – Styrofoam & More!

Got styrofoam? Or a stash of plastic bags, wine corks, old books or ripped clothing? These items don’t belong in your curbside recycling bin, or in DPW’s recycling containers, but they can be recycled at DPW’s upcoming recycling event on Saturday, June 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m..

This Saturday, Melrose residents will be able to bring expanded polystyrene/EPS #6 foam (styrofoam) to Melrose DPW’s recycling center (72 Tremont Street) for free recycling. Foam must be clean (no tape or food residue), white (no colors) and not have been in contact with food (no meat trays, cups, egg cartons). In addition, no packing peanuts will be accepted. Separated expanded LDPE “squishy foam” (#4) may be accepted if separated out. Foam will be inspected upon arrival.

In addition to our regular collection events, residents can bring white EPS foam to Save That Stuff in Charlestown for free year-round during their hours of operation. Clean foam packing peanuts can be brought to local UPS stores for reuse.

In partnership with Whole Foods Melrose and the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose facebook group operated by Robin Munroe, DPW will also be offering residents the opportunity to bring clean plastic bags, wine corks, ring pulls from cans, and Brita filters and other #5 plastics to this recycling event.

Other items collected at all Saturday recycling events at the City Yard include: electronics with screens (TVs, monitors and lap tops: $20 each), other home office or entertainment electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, tires ($2-$8), mercury items, dried latex paint, and metal items ($25) including microwaves, air conditioners, etc.

For more information or questions, please visit the Melrose Recycles Blog at or call 781-665-0142.

DPW Day on June 15th!

The 15th Annual DPW Day will be held on June 15th (rain date of June 16th) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tremont Street Operations Facility, 72 Tremont St. Students in grades K-3 of the Melrose schools will attend the event as a field trip, and Melrose residents are also invited to bring their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, ages 8 or younger, to join in the event any time after 9:30a.m.

Because of the large number of children attending, the City Yard will be closed to residents dropping off yard waste/recyclables that day. In addition, Tremont Street will be closed in front of the DPW building (but open to traffic visiting businesses between DPW and West Emerson Street).

DPW Day Trucks

The DPW is hard at work preparing this fun and educational day for the children and residents of Melrose. Our theme this year is DPW STRONG! This year the event will feature a select group of 4th grade students from each school giving interactive presentations from a stage at home plate of Lewis Monk field from 9:30am-10:30am. The 4th grade projects will focus on sustainability, energy and environmental advancements made in the City of Melrose over the past 15 years, and ways that Melrosians young and old can help make their community clean and green. From solar power to single stream recycling, LED lighting, stormwater runoff, water conservation and the sewer system – you won’t want to miss this part of the day!


In honor of this 15th anniversary, DPW Day will feature historical photographs and items from Melrose over the past century (courtesy of Scott Macaulay). The event will also take a look into the future, with renderings of the new school additions and development projects elsewhere in the community. In addition to seeing the vehicles and workers that help keep Melrose’s streets safe and clear year-round, new exhibits, demonstrations and activities will engage kids in the DPW world of engineering, water, trash and recycling. Students will learn where their tap water comes from while designing their own gravity water system with the engineering department, practice their recycling sorting skills through a game made with upcycled materials, and consider the impact of using plastic bags on the environment while posing as a sea turtle in a photo booth made by the Melrose Reycling Committee.

DPW would also like to invite everyone to stop by the popular “Ducks in a Pond” and “Toilet Paper Toss” games to thank our Water and Sewer Foreman, Matty Hickey, and our Sewer Division Truck Driver, Richard Merrick, both of whom will be retiring at the end of June after working for Melrose DPW for 45 and 20 years, respectively.

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For more information about this and other events, please email or call 781-665-0142.

Trash & Recycling on Holiday Schedule Next Week

The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection – and the City Yard and Recycling Center will be closed – on Monday, May 29th due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on a holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Tuesday, May 30th. Therefore, Monday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up Tuesday, and Tuesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Wednesday, and so on through Saturday, June 3rd (when Friday’s routes will be collected).

The next yard waste collection will take place the weeks of June 5th and June 19th, then switch to one monthly collection for July, August and September.

Our City Yard will be open Saturday, May 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (but closed on Monday, May 29th).


DPW Recycling Needs Your Help

Contaminated Recycling

Contamination of a commingled (bottles and cans) recycling container at the City Yard and Recycling Center. See the chart with recycling tips below for proper sorting guidance.

Can you identify the improperly sorted items in this picture? (Hint: this is the recycling container designated for bottles and cans at the DPW City Yard and Recycling Center). Whether this is a product of wishful recycling or intentional dumping, the result is the same – a serious, hazardous, and expensive (for taxpayers) problem that requires residents’ help to address.

This ongoing problem of undesired items finding their way into the recycling stream is known as “contamination.” The most common contaminants include wood, plastic bags and large rigid plastic items (including plant pots and trash barrels), all of which cause safety risks for the recycling workers and increased costs to taxpayers.

If you have a question about how to recycle or dispose of any item, you can consult the Melrose Recyclopedia online, or call the Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator at 781-665-0142. The future rests in your hands, Melrose!


Type of Contaminant Recyclable? Where?
Plastic Gas Can If Full: Hazardous Waste Day*

If Empty: Rigid Plastics Day**

Wire Hangers Dry Cleaners
Incandescent Light Bulb Batteries + Bulbs on Rt. 1 (or trash)
PVC Pipe Rigid Plastics Day** (FREE)
Old Melrose Recycling Bin Rigid Plastics Day** (FREE)
Old Trash Barrel Rigid Plastics Day** (FREE)
Plastic Trash Bags*** Grocery Stores, Box Stores, Trash
Small Pieces of Wood Bundled with Curbside Trash
Printer FREE recycling in another container at the City Yard (go to Resident Services Office)
Styrofoam cooler Styrofoam Recycling Event** (FREE)
Textiles Drop-Off Bin at City Yard & Every Melrose Public School (FREE)

*Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for 2 weeks after this photo was taken

**This photo was taken ON Rigid Plastics & Styrofoam recycling day (which featured separate designated containers for each of these materials)

***Bagged recyclables end up as trash when brought to the processing facility. Recyclables must NOT be contained in a plastic bag.

May 20th Plastic Bag Recycling Event

On Saturday, May 20th 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, or into the recycling containers at DPW. However, they can be recycled year round at stores such as Whole Foods, Shaws, Lowes, and Target. Many of the plastic bags and film are recycled into composite lumber for decks.

The plastic bags and film that will be accepted at DPW’s Saturday event include: clean, dry shopping and produce bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, case wrap (ex. wraps on beverage cases) and deflated packing air pillows.

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This event is made possible through a partnership with Whole Foods Market Melrose.

The items collected at all Saturday recycling events (besides Swap Day & Household Hazardous Waste Day) include: screens (TVs, monitors & laptops: $20), metal goods ($25), tires ($2-$8), home office electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, mercury items, clean, dry plastic bags & dried latex paint. Recycling Center stickers & recycling label stickers will also be available.

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

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