Archive for May, 2015

Compost & Garden Tour

MRC logoThe Recycling Committee and Sustainable Melrose are hosting a compost tour on Tuesday, June 9 (rain date June 16) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

It will include:

  • Touring a beautiful Melrose garden with extensive use of native New England plants and organic lawn maintenance
  • Seeing two different compost bins in use
  • Discussing how to make composting work for you

RSVP by June 2! Information on location will be emailed prior to the event.
Joan Lounsbury with composter

Trash & Recycling On Holiday Schedule Next Week

The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection on Monday, May 25 due to the Memorial Day holiday. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on a holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Tuesday, May 26. Therefore, Monday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up Tuesday and Tuesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Wednesday and so on.

Hazardous Waste Day: May 30 in Stoneham

Saturday, May 30, the town of Stoneham and the City of Melrose are partnering for the first time to hold a joint Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. The event will be held at Stoneham High School at 149 Franklin Street. From 9 a.m.-1 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 harmful to the environment, we encourage you to take advantage of this important event.

HHW pic


  • 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 in Melrose.
  • 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
  • Miscellaneous: 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, call the Melrose DPW Office at 781-665-0142.

Water Main Break

Mayor Infurna's Blog

We have a major water main break on Burnett St. This break is causing low water pressure or a lack of water in parts of Wards 4, 6, and 7. As DPW reconfigures the system and isolates the pipe for repairs, please expect low water pressure for a period of 2-3 hours. If you have limited or no water pressure by 7 p.m., please contact Public Works at 781-665-0142.

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Plastic Bag Recycling Event: May 16

On Saturday, May 16, Melrose DPW is hosting a plastic bag recycling drop off event at the DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street from 8 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 year round at stores such as Whole Foods and Shaw’s. Most of the plastic is recycled into composite lumber for decks. To learn more about the issues related plastic bags and film, read this blog post written by Recycling Committee member Jeana McNeil.

The plastic bags and film that will be accepted at the event include: dry cleaning bags, produce bags, newspaper bags, case wrap (ex. wraps on beverage cases) and packing air pillows. See graphic below for a full list of items.

WFM Melrose Logo (3)This is event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Melrose.

The items collected at all Saturday recycling events (besides Swap Day) include: CRT’s including televisions, monitors and lap tops ($10-$15), electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, tires ($2-$8), mercury items, dried latex paint and metal goods ($20). Recycling Center stickers and recycling label stickers will be available for free.

Click here to see the full 2015 Recycling Events Calendar.

Plastic bag recycling pic for website