Archive for June, 2014

New Curbside Collection Schedule

Jul-Dec 2014 Collection Calendar 2

MVMMS Green Team Success!

The Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Green Team has accomplished their goal of installing a water bottle filling station in their school to reduce plastic water bottle waste. This installation was two years in the making.

The students held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week to officially unveil the station and to thank the donors.

Green Team ribbon cutting 1

The MVMMS Green Team students with their advisors, Jessie Schmitt and Erik Murray.

The MVMMS Green Team  with three of their donors: Whole Foods, MVMMS PTO and Rotary Club

The Green Team with their donors: Whole Foods, MVMMS PTO, Rotary Club and Mass in Motion.


Thank you to the following for their support and donations: Mayor Dolan, Whole Foods Market Melrose, MVMMS PTO, Rotary Club, Mass in Motion, Department of Public Works and Mr. Brow.


Check out Mayor Dolan’s blog posts about the project.

Special recognition on DPW Day

Mayor Infurna's Blog


We had a great DPW Day this year, with over 1,000 children coming to the City Yard; this year’s theme was “Recycle Olympics.”

It was also an opportunity to recognize two individuals who have given so much to the City of Melrose over the years:

After 42 years of service to the City of Melrose and its residents, Butchie Bright (in the photo at left) is retiring as the Sewer Foreman of Public Works. Butchie’s hard work, dedication and service to the community is greatly appreciated and will be missed.

Jack Welch, on the right, is a friend to DPW and the City of Melrose and its buildings. Jack’s expertise in buildings systems has benefited the City of Melrose over the past few years and has kept the students and employees warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Thank you, Jack and Butchie, for all you have done…

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Recycling Event: Plastic Bags, June 21

On Saturday, June 21 there  will be a plastic bag recycling drop off event  at the Public Works Operations Facility at 72 Tremont St. from 8:00 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 and many are made into composite lumber for decks.

Local grocery stores including Whole Foods Market Melrose and Shaw’s in Melrose accept plastic bags year round for recycling.

This is event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Melrose.


WFM Melrose Logo (3)


As with each Saturday event, DPW will be accepting: CRT’s, TV’s, monitors, mercury items, CFL bulbs, metal goods, tires, dried latex paint, white goods: fridges, stoves, washers, dryers, freezers and dishwashers. Some items have a small fee that helps defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only).

There will also be free recycle stickers and recycling educational information available.

For a listing of additional events click here.  For more information or questions email or call 781-665-1042.