Compost & Garden Tour

MRC logoThe Recycling Committee and Sustainable Melrose are hosting a compost tour on Tuesday, June 9 (rain date June 16) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

It will include:

  • Touring a beautiful Melrose garden with extensive use of native New England plants and organic lawn maintenance
  • Seeing two different compost bins in use
  • Discussing how to make composting work for you

RSVP by June 2! Information on location will be emailed prior to the event.
Joan Lounsbury with composter

Trash & Recycling On Holiday Schedule Next Week

The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection on Monday, May 25 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 26. 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.

Hazardous Waste Day: May 30 in Stoneham

Saturday, May 30, the town of Stoneham and the City of Melrose are partnering for the first time to hold 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 toxic household items that are not allowed in the trash. Proof of residency is required and a small fee ($2-7) will be charged for each item.

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.

HHW pic


  • Paint products: Oil based paint, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid. NOTE: Latex paint will NOT be accepted. Dried-up latex paint can be disposed of Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. -3 p.m., at the Public Works Operations Facility in Melrose.
  • Fuels/auto products: Gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, motor oil, engine degreaser, brake fluid, carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes
  • Gardening fluids: Poisons, insecticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, weed killer
  • Household items: Rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry set, furniture polish, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner, hobby supplies, artist supplies, mothballs, flea control products
  • Miscellaneous: Driveway sealer, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals


To safely transport these items, leave the materials in their original containers. Make sure to tighten caps and lids. Oil paint, pesticides and household cleaners should be sorted and packed separately. It’s also a good idea to pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and pad with newspaper. Drive directly to the collection site as soon as the car is packed. Never mix chemicals or smoke while handling hazardous material.



  • Empty containers/trash, commercial or industrial waste, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, infectious and biological wastes, pressurized cylinders, ammunition, fireworks and explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, asbestos, oil filters

Please do not throw these items in the trash. To properly dispose of them, call a private disposal company.

For more information, call the Melrose DPW Office at 781-665-0142.

Water Main Break

Originally posted on Mayor Dolan's Blog:

We have a major water main break on Burnett St. This break is causing low water pressure or a lack of water in parts of Wards 4, 6, and 7. As DPW reconfigures the system and isolates the pipe for repairs, please expect low water pressure for a period of 2-3 hours. If you have limited or no water pressure by 7 p.m., please contact Public Works at 781-665-0142.

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Plastic Bag Recycling Event: May 16

On Saturday, May 16, 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. They cause issues with the recycling process at recycling facilities. However, they can be recycled separately from regular curbside recycling year round at stores such as Whole Foods and Shaw’s. Most of the plastic is recycled into composite lumber for decks. To learn more about the issues related plastic bags and film, read this blog post written by Recycling Committee member Jeana McNeil.

The plastic bags and film that will be accepted at the event include: dry cleaning bags, produce bags, newspaper bags, case wrap (ex. wraps on beverage cases) and packing air pillows. See graphic below for a full list of items.

WFM Melrose Logo (3)This is event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Melrose.

The items collected at all Saturday recycling events (besides Swap Day) include: CRT’s including televisions, monitors and lap tops ($10-$15), electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, tires ($2-$8), mercury items, dried latex paint and metal goods ($20). Recycling Center stickers and recycling label stickers will be available for free.

Click here to see the full 2015 Recycling Events Calendar.

Plastic bag recycling pic for website

Compost Bins & Rain Barrels on Sale

Melrose DPW is holding its annual rain barrel and compost bin sale.

The Earth Machine compost bins are on sale for $43. Reserve your bin here by May 10. Once the payment system is ready, you will be emailed requesting payment.

The SkyJuice rain barrels cost $75. Barrels can be ordered online here and payments are due by May 10.

The pickup day for the bins and barrels is Saturday, May 16 from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. at DPW Recycling Center, 72 Tremont Street.

Rain barrels collect water that drains through your gutters and can be used to water your lawn and garden. Using rain barrels is an effective way to conserve water and save money on your water bill.

Earth MachineCompost bins are used to break down organic matter such as food scraps and yard waste. The bins help you reduce trash and also improve the health of your lawn and garden, save money on fertilizers and mulch, and preserve natural resources. Using fewer chemical fertilizers also helps protect the health of your family and pets. For more information about composting and food waste, go to the compost page on the Recycling Committee’s website.

For more information about this program, contact Jessie Schmitt at or 781-665-0142.

Waste Free Wednesday!

The Melrose Veteran’s Memorial Middle School is hosting its second “Waste Free Wednesday” tomorrow! The goal of the Waste Free Wednesday event is for students to learn how their behaviors can make a huge difference in saving our planet’s valuable resources. Chartwells (Melrose’s school dining services company) is providing compostable lunch trays (instead of Styrofoam trays) and Whole Foods is taking the food scraps and trays to be composted. There is also a permanent donation station for uneaten foods such as apples, bananas and packaged foods (i.e. granola bars). The food is taken weekly by Lovin’ Spoonfuls to be donated to organizations in the Boston area.

A Melrose resident packed a waste free lunch to bring to work and sent us this picture!

A Melrose resident packed a waste free lunch to bring to work and sent us this picture!

Even if you don’t have a student at the middle school, you can participate in the waste free day too! When you pack your lunch or your family members’ lunch try to pack waste free items. If you participate, be sure to send a picture to to be posted on Melrose’s Recycling Facebook page.

Some ideas for packing waste free lunches:

· Sandwiches in reusable containers
· Whole fruits without packaging
· Drinks in containers that can be reused
· Snacks purchased in bulk and brought in reusable containers

Don’t Include:
· Individually wrapped snacks
· Plastic baggies that are not reusable
· Disposable forks and spoons

Waste Free Wednesday sponsored by:

WFM Melrose Logo (3)Lovin Spoonfuls GSS Color LogonewChartwells logo

This event is organized by the student Green Team club and the Green School Solutions Committee. For more information and to learn how to get involved, contact the Green School Solutions Committee at


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