Archive for October, 2016

Melrose Police Department to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend, and encourages the public to drop off their unused or unwanted prescription medications.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents can visit the Melrose police station, 56 West Foster St., to dispose of their prescription drugs. The event is run in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is free of charge, no questions asked. The DEA will accept pills and patches, but cannot take liquids, needles or sharps.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to take a moment and look through their home for any old, unused, or unwanted prescriptions that can be safely disposed of during our take back event,” Chief Lyle said. “We encourage citizens to stop by and participate to help remove potentially dangerous drugs from your homes and our community.”

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last month, 6.4 million Americans, ages 12 and over—2.4 percent of the population—abuse prescription drugs, more than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine combined. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, surpassing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The majority of prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Last April, during its 11th Take Back Day, the DEA and more than 4,200 of its national, tribal and community law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds (about 447 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at almost 5,400 collection sites. Since the program began six years ago, about 6.4 million pounds (approximately 3,200 tons) of drugs have been collected. That’s more than a quarter pound of pills for each of the 25 million children ages 12 to 17, in America.

Residents can also drop off their prescription drugs at the Melrose Police Department’s collection kiosk, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the station’s lobby.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 22 Drug Take Back Day, visit the DEA Office of Diversion Control site or contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

Source: Melrose Police Department to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Oct. 29

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the town of the City of Melrose will be collecting Household Hazardous Waste at the City Yard & Recycling Center (72 Tremont Street, Melrose, MA). From 8 a.m.-12 p.m., residents of Melrose can drop off toxic household items that are not allowed in the trash. Proof of residency is required and a fee will be charged based on the volume of materials brought ($20-$50, plus additional fees for certain items listed below).

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.


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 Melrose DPW City Yard & Recycling Center.

Fuels/auto products: Gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, 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, fire extinguishers ($7)

Miscellaneous: Driveway sealer, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals, car batteries ($10)


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.

Please note that containers brought to the event containing hazardous waste will not be returned to you once emptied.


Motor oil, latex paint*, empty containers/trash, commercial or industrial waste, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, infectious and biological wastes, pressurized cylinders, helium tanks, household alkaline batteries made after 1994, mercury products (thermostats, thermometers)*, fluorescent bulbs*, ammunition, fireworks and explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, asbestos, oil filters, computers & electronics*, tires*

Please do not throw these items in the trash. Those with an asterisk* can be brought to the City Yard and Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street in Melrose during weekday hours of operation. Those in italics can be placed in curbside trash. To properly dispose of the others listed above, call a private disposal company.

For more information, call the Melrose DPW Office at 781-665-0142.



Curbside Collection on Holiday Schedule Next Week

The Public Works Department reminds residents that the City Yard & Recycling Center will be closed and there will be no curbside collection on Monday, October 10th. Curbside collection of recycling, trash and yard waste will be on a holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Tuesday, October 11th. Therefore Monday’s trash, recycling and yard waste routes will be picked up Tuesday, October 11th, Tuesday’s routes will be picked up on Wednesday, October 12th, and so on through Saturday, October 15th (when Friday’s routes will be collected).

Styrofoam & Rigid Plastic Recycling on Oct. 15

Melrose residents will be able to bring Styrofoam and rigid plastics to Melrose DPW (72 Tremont Street) for free recycling on Saturday, October 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Styrofoam is a challenging product to recycle and cannot be placed in curbside recycling bins. Likewise, large rigid plastic items cannot be recycled via curbside collection. This event offers residents the opportunity to responsibly dispose of these common, hard to recycle items.


We are pleased to have found a new vendor capable of recycling expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam), following the unfortunate closing of our previous partner, ReFoamIt, earlier this year. That said, this change in vendor will mean stricter guidelines for what type of foam will be accepted at the October event. Foam must be clean, white (no colors) and not have been in contact with food (no meat trays, cups). In addition, no packing peanuts, soft foam, or insulation will be accepted. Foam will be inspected upon arrival.

Rigid plastics that will be accepted include: lawn furniture, children’s toys, laundry baskets, storage containers, recycling bins and more. If you decided to use a different bin or barrel for Melrose’s single stream recycling program and would like to get rid of your old red or green recycling bin, you can bring it to the event to be recycled.


Other items collected at all Saturday recycling events at the City Yard include: electronics with screens (TVs, monitors and lap tops: $20 each), other home/office electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, tires ($2-$8), mercury items, dried latex paint and metal items ($25) including microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment.

For additional information or questions please call 781-665-0142.