Archive for April, 2017

Spring Street Sweeping Schedule


The City of Melrose Public Works Department will begin the Spring Sweeping Program in our neighborhoods on Tuesday April 18, 2017. Each Ward and Precinct will be swept in the order reflected in the schedule below.

Please make every effort to have vehicles removed from the roadway on scheduled days to ensure proper sweeping of your street.



 WARD 4, PRECINCT 1 – APRIL 18 & 19 

 WARD 6, PRECINCT 1 – APRIL 20 & 21

 WARD 5, PRECINCT 1 – APRIL 24 & 25

 WARD 5, PRECINCT 2 – APRIL 26 & 27


 WARD 3, PRECINCT 1 – MAY 1 & 2

 WARD 1, PRECINCT 1 – MAY 3 & 4

 WARD 1, PRECINCT 2 – MAY 5 & 8

 WARD 2, PRECINCT 1 – MAY 9 & 10

 WARD 2, PRECINCT 2 – MAY 11 & 12

 WARD 4, PRECINCT 2 – MAY 15 & 16

 WARD 6, PRECINCT 2 – MAY 17 & 18

 WARD 7, PRECINCT 2 –MAY  19 & 22

 WARD 7, PRECINCT 1 – MAY 23 & 24

 The Department of Public Works appreciates your cooperation during our sweeping efforts.


DPW’s Holiday Schedule for April 14-17

Due to the upcoming holidays, the DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street will operate according to the following schedule:

The Operations Facility and Recycling Center will be open 7:30am – 12:00pm on Friday, April 14 (closing early due to Good Friday).

The City Yard and Recycling Center will be open from 8:00am – 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 15, and will be hosting a residential paper shredding and recycling event on-site from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. See this previous post for details.

Due to the Patriot’s Day holiday, the DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, April 17.

Curbside collection of recycling and trash will also be on a holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Tuesday, April 18. Kindly be reminded that Monday’s trash and recycling will be collected on Tuesday, April 18, Tuesday’s trash and recycling routes will be collected Wednesday, April 19, Wednesday’s trash and recycling routes will be collected on Thursday, April 20, and so on, finishing the week’s collection on Saturday April 22.

Please contact DPW at 781-665-0142 with any questions.

Paper Shredding and Recycling Event on April 15th

On Saturday, April 15, DPW is hosting a paper shredding recycling drop off event. Residents can bring one box for free and five dollars for each additional box (checks only). It will be held at the Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Additional items being collected for recycling at this event include: screens (TVs, monitors & laptops: $20), metal goods (microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment – each $25), tires ($2-$8), office electronics, clean dry plastic bags, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, mercury items, and dried latex paint. Recycling Center stickers and recycling label stickers will also be available. For a listing of additional events or for more information and questions, please visit the DPW page of the city website or call 781-665-0142.

Compost Bins & Rain Barrels on SALE through May 8

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.

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.

The Department of Public Works is currently selling rain barrels and compost bins, which must be pre-ordered by May 8.

The Earth Machine compost bin only costs residents $25 this year (75% off!), thanks to a grant from MassDEP. To reserve a bin, go to the city website or pick up an order form at the DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center (72 Tremont Street).

The SkyJuice rain barrel costs $75. The rain barrels can be ordered online or by picking up an order form at the DPW Recycling Center.

The pickup day for the bins and barrels is Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. at DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street.

For more information about this program, contact Sadie Brown at or 781-665-0142.  Check out the Melrose Recycles blog at for updates about events and other recycling news.

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Flyer May 2017

Goodbye Snow, Hello Compost & Yard Waste!

The snow has melted, exposing yards across Melrose. If you find yourself doing some spring yard work over the weekend, you may be grateful to know that the DPW provides various opportunities to dispose of yard waste (leaves and brush), as well as to amend your landscape and gardens with city compost.

Curbside yard waste pickup begins next week (the week of April 10th) and residents are also welcome to drop off yard waste and/or pick up compost (limit of 6 buckets per vehicle/household) at DPW’s Recycling Center (72 Tremont Street) during open hours (which include Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. April 1 through Dec. 9).

Compost and Sign

To ensure that your yard waste is picked up and that the compost process is done correctly, there are some yard waste guidelines for residents to follow:

  • Yard 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.
  • Please place yard waste on the curb on your collection day by 7:00 a.m. (or set it out the night before, after 5:00 p.m.).

Yard Waste Bag and Barrel

The calendar of yard waste pickups and other collections and events (which was mailed to all residents at the end of last year) can be viewed on the city website or picked up at the DPW Resident Services Office at 72 Tremont Street.

Residents can also drop off yard waste at the DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through December 9. 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 Services Office.

Sewer Flow Isolation Work Beginning April 9th

The City of Melrose’s Public Works Department has started the first phase of a sanitary sewer investigation program throughout the City. The purpose of the project is to identify problem areas of the sewer system that are in need of rehabilitation and/or repair in an effort to prevent infiltration from entering into the pipes. Infiltration is clean water from below the ground (known as groundwater) that enters the sewer system through defective sewer pipes and structures. This “clean” water takes up space or capacity in a pipe that would normally be available for wastewater. It can cause the pipe and its service connections to back-up and potentially overflow during extreme wet weather conditions, and it costs the City’s sewer ratepayers money to send to the MWRA sewer system.

One step in this program is to conduct flow isolation. Flow isolation is a method of quantifying the amount of infiltration in a sanitary sewer system. Flows in the system are measured during offpeak times, typically between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Normally people are sleeping during this time and if there is flow in the sewer system it can be assumed to be largely infiltration.

Beginning on Sunday, April 9, 2017, crews from Inland Waters, Inc. of Johnston RI, will be
present in the neighborhoods listed in the chart and maps below between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. A representative from Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc., our wastewater consultant, and/or a representative from the City will also be present for the duration of the flow isolation.

It is likely that you will see trucks and workers present in the street during these hours. The workers will be required to remove the existing sewer manhole covers to enter the sewer system and some minor noise disturbances may result. It is expected that all of the flow isolation will be completed in approximately three weeks. We expect to work Sunday through Thursday nights each week, weather permitting (the work cannot be done when it’s raining). We ask for your patience and understanding while this work is completed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Scott Dixon, Project Engineer for the City, at (781) 979-4173 or Ryan Henley of Weston & Sampson, the City’s wastewater consultant, at (860) 967-4651.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this important matter.

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