Household Hazardous Waste Day in Stoneham Sat. June 30th

On Saturday, June 30th, 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.     $ 60

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 household hazardous waste page. Please note that Melrose residents should bring dried latex paint (free), tires ($2-8) and propane tanks 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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Hazardous waste includes:

  • From the workbench: oil paint, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid.
  • From the garage: fuels/gasoline/kerosene, antifreeze, motor oil, engine degreaser, brake fluid/carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes, driveway sealer, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals.
  • From the yard: poisons, insecticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, weed killer, moth balls, flea control products.
  • From the house: rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry sets, furniture polish, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner, hobby supplies, artist supplies.

Composting Workshop & Compost Bin Raffle on June 23

Did you know that organic waste (compostable paper, food & yard waste) makes up one quarter of the municipal solid waste stream in Massachusetts, according to MassDEP. Food waste is the greatest contributor to this unnecessary trash that is sent to incinerators around Massachusetts, and this wastefulness costs huge amounts of energy, money and valuable resources.

The City of Melrose’s own Roosevelt Elementary School is actively working to reduce its waste, in part through composting. The school currently hosts an active composting demonstration site, including several styles of composting bins that are also well-suited to suburban backyards. These composters turn material from the school garden, as well as fruit and vegetable scraps from school lunch, into compost that is used on the school garden.

If you are interested in learning more about how to compost in your own backyard, as well as some background on the school composting initiative at the Roosevelt school, you’re invited to attend a free workshop facilitated by City of Melrose’s Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator, Sadie Brown.

On Saturday, June 23 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm come learn the basics of composting in “Composting 101.” This workshop will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to successfully transform your kitchen and/or yard waste into nutrient-rich soil, including:

  1. Identifying a compost system that meets your unique needs (including various outdoor and indoor options)
  2. Learning the basic techniques for managing your compost system
  3. Troubleshooting common compost troubles
  4. Utilizing your compost to maximize its beneficial properties for plants

This workshop will take place outside and include time for Q&A. As an added bonus, one Earth Machine (backyard compost bin) will be raffled off to a lucky workshop participant.

To register for this workshop, please fill out the form linked here or go to

Stay tuned for additional composting workshops to come later this year. Please contact or call 781-665-0142 with any questions.

16th Annual DPW DAY

The 16th Annual DPW Day will be held on Thursday, June 14th (rain date June 15th) from 8:30am to 12p.m. at the Tremont Street Operations Facility, 72 Tremont Street. Students in grades K-2 of the Melrose Public 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 and younger to  join in the event any time after 9:30 am.

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 business between DPW and West Emerson Street).

The DPW is hard at work preparing this fun and educational day for the children and residents of Melrose with the help of our major sponsor D and R Paving.  Along with educational booths presented by Stantec, National Grid, Bay State Textiles, MWRA,  JRM and Mass in Motion – to name a few –  Jack Golden will be performing two of this award winning shows: Garbage is My Bag  – at 9:30am and 10:30am. Mr. Golden juggles and jokes his way through a world of waste, while sharing his knowledge that rubbish is a resource too good to throw away. His shows are interactive and fun for all.

There will be plenty of trucks, bobcats, excavators and tractors to climb on – so please join us.

For more information about this and other events, please visit the Melrose Recycle blog at or call the City Yard at 781-665-0142.

DPW DAY – June 14th

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Recycling Event June 16

An “Odds and Ends” recycling event will be held Saturday, June 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at 72 Tremont Street. This event is supported by Whole Foods Market Melrose.
The accepted items will be:
  • Electronics: CRTs (TVs, monitors & lap tops – $20), phones, computer equipment
  • Mercury items: CFL bulbs, old thermometers & thermostats
  • Brita filters, Preserve brand items. Full list here. (Sponsored by Whole Foods)
  • Corks (Sponsored by Whole Foods)
  • Metal items($25): microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners and exercise equipment
  • Textiles: clothes, shoes, stuffed animals, linens, towels
  • DRIED latex paint (NO oil-based paints)
  • Tires ($2-8)
  • Books, media and CDs
  • Propane tanks
  • Eye glasses
  • Recyclable batteries (NO alkaline – they can go in the trash)
  • Plastic bags and films – for a full list click here. (Sponsored by Whole Foods)
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For more information about this event, call Melrose DPW at 781-665-0142 or email

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 28th 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 29th. 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 2nd (when Friday’s routes will be collected).

The next yard waste collection will take place the weeks of June 4th and June 18th, then switch to one monthly collection for July, August and September.

Our City Yard will be open Saturday, May 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (but closed on Monday, May 28th).


May 19 Plastic Bag & Styrofoam Recycling Event

On Saturday, May 19 there  will be a styrofoam (#6 EPS) and plastic bag recycling drop off event at the Public Works Operations Facility at 72 Tremont St. from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Despite the recycling symbol on plastic bags and many styrofoam items, they cannot go into your curbside recycling bins.

Styrofoam and Plastic Bag Recycling Flier


Plastic bags cause issues with the recycling process at recycling facilities. However, they can be recycled separately from regular curbside recycling and can be made into other products including composite lumber for decks.

Local grocery stores including Whole Foods Market Melrose, Shaws in Melrose, and Lowes in Saugus accept plastic bags year-round for recycling.

At this special collection event, DPW will be collecting CLEAN, DRY plastic bags and film wrap (see below) from Melrose residents for free.

Plastic bag recycling pic for website


On May 19 Melrose residents will also be able to bring expanded polystyrene/EPS #6 foam (styrofoam) to the DPW recycling center (72 Tremont Street) for free recycling. Foam must be CLEAN (no tape or food residue) and WHITE (no colors or printing). No packing peanuts will be accepted. Any foam that has been in contact with food (meat trays, cups, clamshells) must also be non-printed, extremely clean and separate from packing blocks and coolers (otherwise it may be rejected). Foam will be inspected upon arrival.

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 call 781-665-0142.