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Weekly Single Stream Recycling Video

Check out this 1 minute video about the new weekly single stream recycling pickup program starting September 8.

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Thank you to MMTV for helping create this video.

Weekly Single Stream Recycling Starts Sept. 8!

Starting with the week of September 8, Melrose is making major changes in its recycling program.

From that point forward, curbside recycling pickup will take place every week. In addition, recycling has been switched to “single stream,” which means that recyclable items do not have to be sorted into separate bins for paper and plastic, glass and aluminum.

With single stream, all recyclable items can go into one container, although it is not mandatory. Melrose residents who would like to sort recyclables into two bins can continue to do so.

Recycling will be collected every week on the same day as trash pickup.

“Our goal with this change is to increase recycling participation, all while increasing customer service.” says John Scenna, Director of Public Works. “Using a single stream approach coupled with the weekly pickup should simplify the process, making it easier and more convenient for people to recycle.”

Some pickup routes will change to make collection more efficient. All houses affected by route changes received a letter in the mail. If you are unsure about a pickup day, visit the Department of Public Works page at or click here.

The red and green recycling bins will no longer be sold. Recyclables can be placed in any bin or barrel as long as it is clearly labeled and less than 45 gallons and 45 pounds. Free recycling stickers are available at 72 Tremont St., Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Melrose DPW is requesting that residents make every effort to keep streets clean by not overfilling bins and barrels. It is recommended that bins are covered to reduce litter caused by wind or barrels filling up with water. Recycling should be placed on the curb by 7 a.m.

correct trash and recycling barrelsHere are the items that should go into recycling bins:

  • Plastics #1-7 (except Styrofoam #6 and plastic bags)
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Aluminum cans
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cartons
  • Clean part of pizza box (rip off the soiled part and place in trash)

Food containers should be cleaned to remove as much food residue as possible and not flattened.

There are certain items that cannot be recycled, the most common of which are plastic bags and Styrofoam. They both disrupt the recycling process. The DPW provides opportunities to recycle these items at special Saturday recycling events.

The recycling event calendar can be found at here. Plastic grocery bags can also be recycled at local grocery stores.

If you would like to drop off recyclables, yard waste, clothes, books, CFL bulbs and other items, the Tremont Street Recycling Center is typically open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, as another added service to residents, from September 15 to December 1, the Center will be open on Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will also be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from April to December as per the usual schedule. At the center, recyclables will continue to be separated into dumpsters for cardboard, paper, mixed plastic, glass and aluminum.

The City’s trash collection program will remain the same for the most part. All trash barrels and bags must be less than 45 gallons and 45 pounds, and four barrels or bags are allowed per household per pickup. Trash left out in cardboard boxes will not be picked up.

One large or bulky item can be picked up for free each week but house cleanouts will no longer be picked up. They must be collected by a private hauler contracted by the resident.

For more information, contact the DPW at or call 781-665-0142.

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