‘Tis the Season to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

During the holiday season, Massachusetts’ residents produce about 25 percent more trash compared to any other time of year. To trim down on all that waste – and save you time, money, energy, and stress during this busy time of year – the Melrose Department of Public Works (DPW) offers some simple tips and events to “be green” this holiday season:

  • Buy green.
    • Purchase recycled-content gifts and/or non-material gifts.
    • Consider the life expectancy and frequency of use of the gifts you purchase.
    • About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Buy rechargeable batteries. Melrose DPW, as well as many stores, have drop-off bins for the safe recycling of old batteries.
    • Thousands of paper and plastic shopping bags end up as litter or in landfills every year.  Reduce waste by remembering to bring your reusable tote bag while shopping. Support the Melrose Recycling Committee’s single use bag initiative!
  • Choose green wrapping.
    • Decorative boxes, gift bags, and tins can be reused, instead of disposable wrapping paper (much of which is not recyclable).
    • Use old calendar images, paper bags, or newspaper to wrap your gift and then use a reusable ribbon, bow, or beads to decorate it.
  • Green your holiday card.
    • Use old holiday cards or old calendar images to create new cards by cutting the picture off and using it to make a new card or a gift tag.
    • If you buy cards, find ones made of recycled content.
    • If so inclined, you can save paper by sending E-cards, which is gaining in popularity.
  • Recycle as much as possible. This year Melrose DPW will be hosting a post-holiday recycling event at the City Yard on Saturday, January 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. where all residents can recycle their:
    • cardboard boxes
    • bottles, cans and other “commingled” plastic and aluminum recyclables
    • Styrofoam® packing blocks (white polystyrene foam ONLY, all tape removed, no packing peanuts or foodware; these will be inspected and sorted into a specific container)
    • wrapping paper (no foil or tissue paper)
    • Christmas trees (free of all decorations)
    • old TVs and home office/entertainment electronics (laptops & screens cost $20)
    • metal goods ($25)
    • textiles
    • books
    • fluorescent bulbs (fee for large quantities)
  • Save gas and reduce air pollution. Spare the air, and commit to minimizing your car use whenever possible. Take public transportation, carpool with friends, or walk when you go shopping or to holiday parties. You’ll be rewarded with both more exercise and cleaner air.
  • “Tree-cycle” after the holidays. Melrose offers 2 weeks of curbside pickup of Christmas trees starting the first week of the new year, as well as drop-off at the City Yard during open hours Jan. 3 – 13. Trees are chipped and then recycled into compost and mulch.

Stay tuned to the DPW’s Melrose Recycles Blog (https://melroserecycles.wordpress.com/) for details on upcoming events and more.


Melrose DPW thanks MassDEP for providing some of the tips above. MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources in Massachusetts.

Holiday Schedule for Curbside Collection (Weeks of 12/26 & 1/2)

The Department of Public Works wishes all Melrosians a happy holiday season and reminds residents that the Operations Facility and Recycling Center (City Yard) will be closed and there will be no curbside collection on Monday, December 26th or Monday, January 2nd.

Curbside collection of recycling and trash will also be on a holiday schedule both weeks, with a one day delay starting Tuesday, December 27th and Tuesday, January 3rd. Therefore, for both of these weeks, Tuesday’s trash and recycling route will be picked up Wednesday, Wednesday’s route will be picked up on Thursday, Thursday’s route will be picked up on Friday and Friday’s route will be picked up on Saturday.

Saturday Hours Ending Dec. 10 (Resuming April 2017)

DPW reminds residents that Saturday, December 10th will be our last scheduled Saturday opening of the year.

The City Yard/Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street will remain open Monday through Friday 7:30am – 3:00pm throughout the year.

The facility will re-open on Saturdays for next season in April of 2017.

If you have any of the following items that need to be recycled and cannot bring them down to our facility during a weekday please bring them in on either Saturday, December 10th (8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) or on our special upcoming Saturday recycling event on Jan. 7th from 8:00 am – noon:

  • cardboard
  • paper (no tissue or foil paper please)
  • commingles (plastic, glass & aluminum bottles & cans)
  • CFL bulbs (DPW only accepts fluorescent bulbs; fee for bulbs longer than 4′)
  • books
  • clothes & other textiles
  • yard waste (leaves, brush <1 inch in diameter)
  • propane tanks (20lb)

Please call DPW at 781-665-0142 with any questions.

Curbside Collection Alert

Collection on today’s recycling and trash routes is ongoing and will be continuing into the late afternoon. Please leave your items curbside if your neighborhood has not yet been picked up.

Last Yard Waste Week

Melrose DPW reminds residents that this is the last week of curbside yard waste collection. Residents may place up to 10 paper bags or labeled barrels (please no plastic bags!) on the curb for pickup by 7 a.m. on your trash and recycling day.

All Melrose residents are also welcome to bring leaves and brush down to the City Yard (72 Tremont Street) during any open hours of operation, including the next two Saturdays (Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. year-round, Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. through Dec. 10).

Please contact Melrose DPW at 781-665-0142 or email recycle@cityofmelrose.org with any questions.

Updated Thanksgiving Week Schedule

Please note the updated schedule for this Thanksgiving week:

  1. DPW offices, operations and the recycling center on Tremont Street will close on Wednesday @ 2:00 p.m.;
  2. Thursday curbside services will take place on Friday; Friday curbside services will take place on Saturday;
  3. The recycling facility will be closed on Friday but will be open on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.;
  4. All school buildings will remain closed through the weekend with the exception of scheduled activities;
  5. All offices and operations will resume on regular schedule, Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 a.m..
  6. The week of November 28th is the final curbside yard waste collection week.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Yard Waste, Trash, Recycling & City Yard on Holiday Schedule Thanksgiving Week

The Public Works Department would like to inform residents about a few upcoming fall reminders including Thanksgiving collection delay, DPW Recycling Center hours and curbside yard waste collection.

Thanksgiving Collection Delay
Trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Therefore, Thursday’s pickup will be done on Friday and Friday’s pickup will be done on Saturday.

DPW Operations Facility & Recycling Center Hours
The DPW Operations Facility & Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street will be open regular hours Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, but will close at 2:00pm on Wednesday, November 23. DPW will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving.

The City Yard will be open on Saturday, November 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, December 10 will be our last scheduled Saturday opening. The facility will re-open on Saturdays in April of 2017.

Curbside Yard Waste Collection
There will be NO curbside collection of yard waste Thanksgiving week. There will be collection on the week of November 28 (the final week curbside pickup of yard waste is scheduled for the year).

Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, and small branches less than 1 inch in diameter. Yard waste does not include dirt, gravel, sand, tree stumps and branches larger than 1 inch diameter or longer than 4 feet. Branches and brush must be bundled and tied. Yard waste must be set out by 7 a.m. in paper leaf bags or in barrels labeled “yard waste” and all bags and barrels must weigh less than forty-five pounds. There is a 10 barrel or bag maximum per pick up. Free yard waste stickers are available to residents at the City Yard.

For more information and questions, please visit our website http://www.cityofmelrose.org or call 781-665-0142.