Archive for May, 2016

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, May 30th 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 31st. 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.

The next yard waste collection will take place the weeks of June 6th and June 20th, then switch to one monthly collection for July, August and September.

Our City Yard will be open Saturday, May 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (but closed on Monday, May 30th).

Tuesday Curbside Collection

Curbside trash collection is running late today, Tuesday May 24th. All efforts are being made to collect all of Tuesday’s curbside trash by this evening. If any streets do not get collected tonight, they will be picked up tomorrow morning. Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

DPW Day on June 9th!

The 14th Annual DPW Day will be held on June 9th (rain date of June 10th) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tremont Street Operations Facility, 72 Tremont St.

The DPW is hard at work preparing this fun and educational day for the children and residents of Melrose. Our theme this year is Discover the World of Public Works! DPW Day includes environmental themed presentations and games created by a select group of 4th grade students, demonstrations of tasks in DPW, fun games and rides, as well as exhibitors including engineering, water, trash and recycling, fun games and much more.

Students in grades K-3 of the Melrose schools will attend the event as a field trip, and Melrose residents are also invited to bring their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, ages 8 or younger, to join in the event between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Because of the large number of children attending, Tremont Street will be closed and the City Yard will be closed to residents dropping off yard waste/recyclables that day.

For a listing of additional events or for more information, please call 781-665-0142.

DPW Day Flyer 2016

Crosswalk Painting

Crosswalk painting tonight has been cancelled due to possible showers. It will now take place on Thursday 5/19 beginning at 8pm. Crosswalks on Franklin Street will be painted starting at Main Street and working up toward the Stoneham line.

More Line Painting Starting Sunday Night

Beginning Sunday, May 15th at 8pm, crews will be line painting. They will be painting crosswalks on Main Street from Essex Street to the Wakefield line. On Tuesday, May 17th beginning at 8pm, crews will be painting crosswalks on Franklin Street from Main Street to the Stoneham line.

Plastic Bag Recycling Event Sat. May 21st

On Saturday, May 21, we are 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 safety issues at recycling facilities, and contribute added costs to taxpayers. However, they can be recycled separately from regular curbside recycling year round at stores such as Whole Foods and Shaws. Most of the plastic bags and film is recycled into composite lumber for decks.

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.

Plastic Bags

This 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.

For a listing of additional events or for more information, please visit the Melrose Recycles blog at or call 781-665-0142.

Healthy Melrose Fair on May 7!

The Healthy Melrose Fair is tomorrow, Saturday May 7th from 10:00am-1:30pm! We are striving to make this a sustainable event, with recycling and composting available on-site (the latter is thanks to a partnership with Black Earth Compost). Be sure to stop by the Recycling Committee’s table where you can learn more about what does and does not belong in your curbside recycling bin, enter a raffle to win your very own backyard composting bin, see some composting worms in action, and more!