Archive for November, 2014

DPW Adds Additional Yard Waste Pickup

Mayor Infurna's Blog

Although the temperatures are freezing today, we had a warm fall, so the leaves fell later than usual. To make life easier for those who are still raking, DPW has added an additional week of yard waste pickup: Yard waste will be picked up the weeks of December 1 and December 8. In addition, the City Yard will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 24, and Monday, December 1. The yard will also be open on Friday, November 28, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, November 29, December 6, and December 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 13 will be the last Saturday opening until the spring.

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DPW Fall Reminders: Yard Waste, Thanksgiving and more

The Public Works Department would like to inform residents about a few upcoming fall reminders including Thanksgiving collection delay, DPW Recycling Center hours and curbside yard waste collection.

Thanksgiving Collection Delay
Trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Therefore, Thursday’s pickup will be done on Friday and Friday’s pickup will be done on Saturday.

DPW Recycle Center (City Yard) Hours
The DPW Recycling Center (City Yard) at 72 Tremont Street will be open the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 28 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, November 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for drop off of yard waste, recyclables (including plastic, glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard), books, textiles, CFL bulbs and propane tanks. Saturday, December 13th will be our last scheduled Saturday opening. The facility will re-open on Saturdays in April of 2015.

Also, November 24 and December 1 are the last two Mondays for DPW’s extended Monday hours this fall. The Center will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all regular drop off items.

Yard Waste Drop Off

Curbside Yard Waste Collection
There will be no curbside collection of yard waste next week, Thanksgiving week. There will be collection on the week of December 1st. Although this was to be the final week for curbside pickup of yard waste, the City will be extending the collection one additional week. The last week of curbside collection will now be the week of Monday December 8th. Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, and small branches less than 1 inch in diameter bundled and tied. Yard waste does not include dirt, gravel, sand, tree stumps and branches larger than 1 inch diameter. Yard waste must be set out by 7 a.m. in paper leaf bags or in barrels labeled “yard waste” and all bags and barrels must weigh less than forty-five pounds. There is a 10 barrel or bag maximum per pick up.

For more information and questions, please visit our website or call 781-665-0142.

Paper Shredding Event: Nov. 15

Saturday, November 15, the Melrose DPW will hold a paper shredding event at the DPW Recycling Center on 72 Tremont Street from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents can bring one box for free and five dollars for each additional box (checks only).

Paper shredding

Other items that will be accepted include: CRT’s (televisions, monitors, and lap tops), CFL bulbs, tires, mercury items, textiles, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods (microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment). Some items have a small fee that helps defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only).

For more information, call 781-665-0142.

Medications Down the Drain?

The common solution for expired and unused medications used to be to pour it down the drain or flush it down the toilet. This is not the case anymore. Medicine can cause issues for water sewage systems, affect aquatic animals and even end up in our drinking water. Therefore, below are the correct procedures for medication and syringe disposal.

What to do with old medications?

  • Liquid medications: mix liquid with undesirable substance such as kitty litter, used coffee grounds or sand. Place mixture in container such as a sealed plastic bag and throw in household trash.
  • Pills: drop in the drop box at the Melrose Police Department at 56 W. Foster Street, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No liquids allowed. For more information, call 781-665-1212.

Please recycle your empty medication bottles (remember to scratch out prescription label to make it illegible)  in your curbside recycling.

What to do with old syringes?

  • Place in a rigid container and drop off at City Hall on the ground floor during open hours, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm and Friday from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. For more information, call 781-979-4130.


Information provided by the Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

 Health Dept. Substance Abuse