DPW making repairs on failed Melrose St water main near Ashland. Water back on by 7:30 p.m. Sorry for inconvenience.

Melrose Street water main

Water Main Repairs 7/13

DPW making repairs on failed Melrose St water main near Ashland. Water back on by 7:30 p.m. Sorry for inconvenience.

Melrose Street water main

Melrose DPW Reducing Trash through Educational Campaign

Currently just over a quarter of the total waste produced by Melrose households is recycled, and doing so saved Melrose over $160,000 last year, in addition to reaping environmental benefits. Recycling can be tricky, and unfortunately some of the materials put out curbside and brought down to the commingles container (for plastic and glass bottles and metal cans) at the City’s Recycling Center contaminate the recycling stream and result in recyclable material going to the solid waste incinerator instead of the recycling facility.

In order to help make recycling easier and more effective for Melrose residents, DPW is implementing an educational campaign over the next several weeks that will help clarify some of the common questions that residents and wishful recyclers encounter when sorting their household waste (e.g. where do plastic bags belong, can large rigid plastics be recycled curbside, and how much trash can Melrose residents put out each week).

Beginning this Wednesday, July 12th, a team of DPW summer employees will be distributing friendly informational brochures to inform residents when their recycling bins contain non-recyclable items, or if their curbside trash is over the limit, and to remind non-recyclers (who make up less than 24% of Melrose residents) of the availability of free weekly removal of unlimited amounts of single stream recyclables. It is our hope that this outreach will help Melrose continue to improve its waste diversion rate and recycling efforts, since every pound of waste diverted to recycling (or reuse, repair or a backyard compost bin) helps keep our air clean, saves the city and taxpayers money, and gets us one step closer to the numerous city, state and regional waste reduction and zero waste goals that will greatly impact quality of life for future generations.

DPW created these tags (pictured below) using graphics designed by The Recycling Partnership (which are in use in cities throughout the country), with partial funding from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and editing assistance from the Melrose Recycling Committee.

JRM will still be collecting trash and recycling as normal during this educational campaign. If you have any questions (whether or not you receive a door hanger) please call the city’s Recycling Coordinator, Sadie Brown, at 781-665-0142 or email recycle@cityofmelrose.org. Other helpful community resources include the recycling guide on the City Website, the Melrose Recyclopedia and this resource page on the Melrose Recycles blog.

Water Main Work Wed. 7/5 and Thurs. 7/6

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, the City of Melrose DPW Water Division and its contractor Commonwealth Construction will be shutting down the water main to make repairs and upgrades to gate valves in the water distribution system at the intersection of Albion and Day Street.

Areas whose water will & may be impacted on Wednesday:

  1. Albion from Melrose to Franklin
  2. Day from Albion to Ashland
  3. Ashland from Melrose to Franklin
  4. Ellsworth from Tremont to Ashland

See details in this PDF: 7-5-17 Gate Valve Repairs Albion at Day Street

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, the City of Melrose DPW Water Division will be shutting down the water main to complete repairs and upgrades to gate valves in the water distribution system at the intersection of Cleveland and Sanford Street.

Areas whose water will & may be impacted on Thursday:

  1. Sanford from Cleveland to Whittier
  2. Tappan from Baxter to Maple

See details in this PDF: 7-6-17 Gate Valve Repairs Cleveland at Sanford

We advise all residents to draw a tub of water and/or fill some pots or water bottles for use during the shutdown.

You will experience periods with no water, poor pressure and possibly discoloration of the water, especially when the water is turned back on.

If you have questions or require water for a medical condition, please call Public Works at (781) 665-0142, attention Lynda Garron. Water emergencies after normal work hours please call the police at 781-665-1212.

 

Find out “Where Do I Put This?” with DPW and the Recycling Committee on July 11th

Ever look at an item you’re about to discard and wonder if it can be recycled—or if it can, how? These are the types of questions that Melrose residents often ask the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Melrose Recycling Committee (MRC) at events like the Victorian Fair and the Healthy Melrose Fair. Or when they are just visiting the DPW yard to drop off stuff.

DPW and MRC staff will be prepared to answer such questions at the next event in MRC’s summer speaker series, “Less Plastic is Fantastic,” on Tuesday, July 11 at the Milano Senior Center.

The event, “Where do I Put This?”, will address the question of what items go where, and in particular will focus on a very vexing question for dedicated and would-be recyclers: Why is some plastic recyclable and why are other types of plastic products not? Sure, most types of plastic have those numbers on them, but that doesn’t mean they should be disposed of in the same way. And as for those single-use plastic bags–you’ll learn why putting them into your curbside bin is a big no-no.

The speakers will review the process at JRM, the waste management company that picks up our recycling, and they’ll have some updates on many materials that need to be reused or recycled. Come learn how to make your own recycling efforts, and the city’s, more efficient and effective.

The third and final event in MRC speaker series will take place on August 22. Attendees at “The Second Life of Plastic Bottles” will learn how our green soda bottles and other beverage bottles are recycled. See how recycling cleanly makes this process more effective. The speaker will be Charlie Faulstich, a Melrose resident who works at wTe Corp., a recycler of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic resins.

All events are on Tuesdays, are free and open to all, and will take place at the Milano Senior Center (201 West Foster Street) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For further information, contact Robin Snyder-Drummond at 617-435-0693.

Source: Melrose Recycling Committee to Sponsor 2nd Event in Speaker Series on Plastics

Yard Waste Schedule for July, August & September

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

July 17-21

August 14-18

September 11-15

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 recycle@cityofmelrose.org or 781-665-0142 with any questions.

Water Main Work on Thurs. June 29

On Thursday June 29 the City of Melrose DPW Water Division will be shutting down the water main on Cleveland St. from Maple St. to West Wyoming Ave. AND on Sanford St. from Florence St. to Tappan St. There exists the possibility of water impacts extending into Baxter and further along Sanford St.

Water service will be shut down from ~8:30am and should be turned back on by 4:00pm.

Please see the document below for details. If you have questions or require water for a medical condition please call DPW’s Resident Services office at 781-665-0142.

For any water emergencies after normal work hours please call the police at 781-665-1212.

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