Archive for October, 2014

Yard Waste Disposal

The DPW provides various opportunities to dispose of yard waste including curbside pickup and drop off at the DPW Recycling Center on 72 Tremont Street. The yard waste collected is composted and then available for residents to pick up for free the following spring. To ensure that these processes are done correctly, there are some yard waste guidelines for residents to follow.

Yard Waste Bag and BarrelYard waste includes leafs, grass and small brush under 1 inch diameter. Yard waste does not include dirt.

To prepare yard waste to be collected curbside it needs to be placed in barrel or bag under 45 gallons and 45 pounds. Barrels need to be clearly labeled and stickers are available at 72 Tremont Street. Brown paper bags are acceptable but yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.

There is a ten barrel and/ or bag maximum. The bag and barrel limits are in place for the safety of the Department of Public Works employees and the capacity of the yard waste trucks.

Place yard waste on the curb on your collection day by 7 a.m. The 2014 pickups are on the regular schedule with one extra week in November to accommodate the busiest month. Therefor the upcoming pickups are on the week of:  October 27, November 3, 10, 17 (extra week) and December 1.

Yard Waste Drop OffResidents can also drop off yard waste at the Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. year-round and Saturdays 8 a.m. 3 p.m. April through December. The Center will also be open until 7 p.m. on Monday nights until December 1. This yard waste drop off is available to Melrose residents only, not commercial vehicles. Cars must have a Recycling Center sticker to enter the center. The stickers are available for free at the Resident Service Office at 72 Tremont Street.

Christmas tree pickup is the first and second week in January. Trees in plastic bags, on stands or with decorations will not be collected. Those items disturb the compost process.

For more information, call the DPW Office at 781-665-0142 or email

Hazardous Waste Day: Oct. 25

Saturday, October 25, the City of Melrose will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the DPW Recycling Center, 72 Tremont Street.

From 8 a.m.-12 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 bad for the environment, we encourage you to take advantage of this important event.

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.

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

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, email Jessie Schmitt at or call the DPW Office at 781-665-0142.