Archive for December, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions


Have you already picked your new year’s resolutions for 2014? The most common resolutions each year are: getting healthy, working on finances and getting a new job. Why don’t you decide to do something different this year and make your resolution to lower your environmental impact in 2014!? Here are some easy tips to do that. Make a commitment to yourself and friends, family, roommates and others around you to reduce, reuse and recycle in the new year.

1. Take steps to reduce packaging waste.

  • Choose products with minimal packaging, the least materials, or none at all.
  • Buy the largest size practical, if you’ll use it and can store it.
  • Drink tap water instead of bottled water.
  • Use reusable bags and drink containers such as bottles and mugs.

2. Make a commitment to reduce food waste.

  • Plan ahead by making a shopping list and sticking to it so you only buy what you need.
  • Make it last by storing produce correctly and freezing items such as bread until you’re ready to use them.
  • Use the right size by serving small amounts and cleaning your plate.
  • Love your leftovers! Leftovers make a great lunch or a base for a new meal.
  • Trust your senses. Sell-by dates are aimed at retailers and leave about a week for consumers to enjoy an item at home. And “best-by” is less stringent than “use-by”.
  • Buy a backyard compost bin from the city or try out worm composting.
  • For more ideas go to:

3. Donate clothing, shoes and other textiles. Melrose has many textile boxes including ones at the City Yard at 72 Tremont St. and all 8 public schools have bins.

4. Maximize curbside recycling by reviewing the list of acceptable items. 

5. Sign up for a free service to opt out of yellow pages  and junk mail.

For even more ideas on how to reduce your waste, check out the Zero Waste Home website.


Christmas Tree Disposal Options

Christmas Tree

DPW will have curbside collection of Christmas trees and greens  in conjunction with the regular curbside schedule from December 30th through January 17th. Please remove stand and all plastic bags, tinsel, twine, lights, ornaments, etc. from the tree. Wreaths and garland must be free of any wires and decorations; they will not be picked up if any of the above are present. This year, a new drop off location has been added at the Public Works Operations Facility located at 72 Tremont Street during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Also, as in prior years, trees can be dropped off in the parking lot at Mt. Hood during the first two weeks of January.

Reminder: Trash and Recycling on Holiday Schedule

There will be no curbside collection on Wednesday, December 25. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Thursday, December 26. Therefore,  Wednesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Thursday, December 26; Thursday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Friday, December 27; and Friday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Saturday, December 28th.

Holiday Paper and Cardboard Recycling

Christmas-WrappingThe DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street has containers available to recycle holiday cardboard and paper. Feel free to visit the facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to recycle your holiday wrappings and cardboard.




For reminders of what can and can not be recycled, see below.

Please DO include the following items in your paper recycling bin:

  • corrugated cardboard boxes
  • paperboard gift boxes
  • greeting cards (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • gift wrap, gift bags, tissue wrap (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • paper shopping bags (any type of handle is okay)
  • catalogs

Please DO NOT include the following items in your recycling bin:

  • ribbons, bows, and tinsel
  • packing peanuts and Styrofoam (reusable, contact your local pack and ship store)
  • holiday lights (check to see if your community will accept with scrap metal recycling)
  • plastic bags (bring back to most grocery stores for recycling)


2014 Curbside Collection Schedule Now Available

The 2014 Curbside Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Schedule is now available. It is in the menu of this blog and is also on the City’s website
2014 Curbside Collection Schedule Final

Trash and recycling pickup on schedule tomorrow

Update from Mayor Dolan’s blog.

Mayor Infurna's Blog

The latest word from DPW is that there will be no delay in trash and recycling pickup tomorrow.

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Winter and Snow Updates from DPW

Plow 12.17.13

As the snow begins to fall again, here are some winter and snow updates from DPW.

Closings and postponements:

  • Melrose Public Library will close at 3:30 pm today.
  • City Hall will close at 3:00 pm today.
  • School Committee meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed to Thursday, December 19, at 7 p.m.

DPW provides sand, which is mixed with road salt, is located outside and to the left of the Public Works Operations Facility (72 Tremont Street) opposite the skateboard park. Residents (not contractors) are welcome to use this material on sidewalks. Residents are allowed a maximum of 4 five gallon buckets per visit.

DPW staff urges residents to assist the community by keeping their sidewalks clear, not disposing of snow onto public roads, by attempting to always shovel around fire hydrants and keeping them accessible and by clearing drain catch basins on streets so that snow melt and rain can enter them and not flood which leads to icy streets. It is our hope that by working together, we can create a safe winter season.

During heavy snowstorms, Public Works crews plow sidewalk routes for children to walk to school. Maps for the four sectors of the city are below.

Central Section

Main Street Section

North Section

South Section

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