Archive for April, 2016

Compost Bins & Rain Barrels on Sale Through May 9th

The Department of Public Works is selling rain barrels and compost bins. These barrels and bins must be pre-ordered by Monday, May 9th.

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Flyer May 2016

The Earth Machine compost bin costs $50. Order forms, accompanied by payment (checks payable to the City of Melrose), are due May 9 at the Public Works Recycling Center & Operations Facility at 72 Tremont Street. Order forms are available here.

The SkyJuice rain barrel  costs $80. Order forms, accompanied by payment (checks payable to SkyJuice), are due May 9 at the Public Works Operations Facility on 72 Tremont Street or mailed to SkyJuice directly. Order forms are available here. Alternatively, the SkyJuice rain barrels can be ordered online here.

The pickup day for the bins and barrels is Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. at the City Yard and Recycling Center, 72 Tremont Street. Only presold bins and barrels will be available on this date.

Rain barrels collect water that drains through your gutters and can be used to water your lawn and garden. Using rain barrels is an effective way to conserve water and save money on your water bill.

Compost bins are used to break down organic matter such as food scraps and yard waste. The bins help you reduce trash and also improve the health of your lawn and garden, save money on fertilizers and mulch, and preserve natural resources. Using fewer chemical fertilizers also helps protect the health of your family and pets.

For more information about this program, contact Sadie Brown at or 781-665-0142.

Reminder: Trash & Recycling on Holiday Schedule Next Week

The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection and the City Yard and Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, April 18 due to the Patriots’ Day holiday. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on a holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Tuesday, April 19. 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 through Saturday (when Friday’s route will be collected).

Paper Shredding Event: April 16

Paper Shredding Flyer

Curbside Yard Waste Pickup Begins Next Week

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. Curbside pickup begins next week and the calendar of yard waste pickups can be viewed here. Place yard waste on the curb on your collection day by 7 a.m.

To ensure that the compost process is done correctly, there are some yard waste guidelines for residents to follow.

Yard Waste Bag and BarrelYard waste includes leaves, 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 DPW employees and the capacity of the yard waste trucks.

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. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through December 10. This yard waste drop off is available to Melrose residents only, not commercial vehicles. Cars must have a Recycling Center sticker on their car to enter the center. Stickers are available for free at the Resident Service Office at 72 Tremont St.

Saturday Hours Resume & Compost Available

Need compost? Got yard waste & recyclables? DPW reopens for Saturday hours tomorrow, April 2nd (8am-3pm). Come on down and get your free black gold, fresh from the compost pile!

Also accepting yard waste, cardboard, mixed paper, textiles, books and commingled recyclables (plastic containers, bottles and cans). Please NO plastic bags or styrofoam.

Compost at City Yard