Your Help Needed Watering New Street Trees

The city has recently planted a number of young street trees throughout the city and help is urgently needed from Melrose citizens to keep them watered so that they will survive and hopefully thrive.

Trees have most recently been planted on Howard Street, Summer Street, and Brunswick Park. Additional plantings have yet to occur. All new trees have  been planted with a TREEGATOR® (portable drip-irrigation system) that helps collect and direct water to the roots of the young trees. These will be removed after the first heavy frost of the season.

Your assistance in watering these newly planted trees is truly appreciated, especially given the current drought conditions. Instructions for how to properly use the TREEGATOR® are below.


Step 1:

  • Lift tag to expose fill opening at top of bag.
  • Insert hose into fill opening and begin filling with water.

Step 2:

  • Fill bag to only 1/4 capacity.
  • Gently lift on straps to expand bag.
  • Fill to desired level & let drip until empty.

If you have any questions about this matter you can call the Public Works Department at (781) 665-0142 or visit the TREEGATOR® website at


Composting Workshop Series

Composting in Melrose: 

a series of three workshops hosted by the Melrose Recycling Committee


Maybe you’ve heard about the benefits of compostiMRC logong, but are doubtful that you can make it work in your own home… Maybe you’ve tried home composting, but are facing some challenges… Maybe you’re an experienced composter, but want to learn more…

Attend one or more of these FREE workshops organized by the Melrose Recycling Committee this summer/fall and learn about how your fellow Melrosians are contributing to a greener community through composting. Learn how you can, too! All workshops are outdoors, rain or shine, so be prepared for the weather!


 Details & Sign Up < HERE > at least one day prior to the workshop(s) you plan to attend – a confirmation email with additional information will be sent a couple of days prior to the workshop.  


Composting Workshop Flyer 2016


Questions? Email 

Fee Changes Effective July 1st

Effective Friday, July 1st the following fee changes will be implemented for recycled goods and services offered by DPW:

$20 for ANY TV or computer monitor*

$25 for any Curbside Pickup of a metal item, TV, recliner or sleeper sofa (which must be pre-arranged by purchasing a sticker at City Hall or DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center)

* We made the decision to increase this pricing due to costs the city and its taxpayers were absorbing due to rate hikes and challenging market conditions for recycled glass (especially CRT glass).

If you have any questions please call 781-665-0142 or email

Recycling Event July 16

An “Odds and Ends” recycling event will be held Saturday, July 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($20): 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)
                                           WF Market Melrose logo     MRC logo
For more information about this event, call Melrose DPW at 781-665-0142 or email

Trash and Recycling Reminders for Week of July 4th

Next Monday, July 4th, the DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street will be closed and there will be no curbside pickup. Monday’s trash and recycling route will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday’s route will be picked up on Wednesday, and so on through Saturday (when Friday’s route will be picked up).

Pre-arranged metal goods curbside pickup will occur next Wednesday, July 6th (instead of the usual Tuesday pickup).

Curbside trash and recycling will be on regular schedule for the rest of this week (June 27-July 1). The DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street will be open regular hours through Saturday, July 2nd.

For more information call the DPW Resident Service Office at 781-665-0142.

Yard Waste Schedule for July, August & September

As in years past, curbside yard waste pickup is scheduled for just one week in July, August & September. Yards waste will be picked up alongside your recycling and trash during the following weeks:

July 18-22

August 15-19

September 12-16

Please mark your calendars accordingly. You may still bring your yard waste to the City Yard & Recycling Center during any of our open hours of operation (Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & Sat. 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.).

Contact or 781-665-0142 with any questions.


Curbside Collection Alert

Due to mechanical issues with their fleet, portions of today’s curbside collection route have not yet been completed today by JRM. Please leave your trash and recycling curbside until it has been collected. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.


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