Archive for May, 2017

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 29th 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 30th. 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, June 3rd (when Friday’s routes will be collected).

The next yard waste collection will take place the weeks of June 5th and June 19th, then switch to one monthly collection for July, August and September.

Our City Yard will be open Saturday, May 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (but closed on Monday, May 29th).


DPW Recycling Needs Your Help

Contaminated Recycling

Contamination of a commingled (bottles and cans) recycling container at the City Yard and Recycling Center. See the chart with recycling tips below for proper sorting guidance.

Can you identify the improperly sorted items in this picture? (Hint: this is the recycling container designated for bottles and cans at the DPW City Yard and Recycling Center). Whether this is a product of wishful recycling or intentional dumping, the result is the same – a serious, hazardous, and expensive (for taxpayers) problem that requires residents’ help to address.

This ongoing problem of undesired items finding their way into the recycling stream is known as “contamination.” The most common contaminants include wood, plastic bags and large rigid plastic items (including plant pots and trash barrels), all of which cause safety risks for the recycling workers and increased costs to taxpayers.

If you have a question about how to recycle or dispose of any item, you can consult the Melrose Recyclopedia online, or call the Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator at 781-665-0142. The future rests in your hands, Melrose!


Type of Contaminant Recyclable? Where?
Plastic Gas Can If Full: Hazardous Waste Day*

If Empty: Rigid Plastics Day**

Wire Hangers Dry Cleaners
Incandescent Light Bulb Batteries + Bulbs on Rt. 1 (or trash)
PVC Pipe Rigid Plastics Day** (FREE)
Old Melrose Recycling Bin Rigid Plastics Day** (FREE)
Old Trash Barrel Rigid Plastics Day** (FREE)
Plastic Trash Bags*** Grocery Stores, Box Stores, Trash
Small Pieces of Wood Bundled with Curbside Trash
Printer FREE recycling in another container at the City Yard (go to Resident Services Office)
Styrofoam cooler Styrofoam Recycling Event** (FREE)
Textiles Drop-Off Bin at City Yard & Every Melrose Public School (FREE)

*Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for 2 weeks after this photo was taken

**This photo was taken ON Rigid Plastics & Styrofoam recycling day (which featured separate designated containers for each of these materials)

***Bagged recyclables end up as trash when brought to the processing facility. Recyclables must NOT be contained in a plastic bag.

May 20th Plastic Bag Recycling Event

On Saturday, May 20th 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, or into the recycling containers at DPW. However, they can be recycled year round at stores such as Whole Foods, Shaws, Lowes, and Target. Many of the plastic bags and film are recycled into composite lumber for decks.

The plastic bags and film that will be accepted at DPW’s Saturday event include: clean, dry shopping and produce bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, case wrap (ex. wraps on beverage cases) and deflated packing air pillows.

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This event is made possible through a partnership with Whole Foods Market Melrose.

The items collected at all Saturday recycling events (besides Swap Day & Household Hazardous Waste Day) include: screens (TVs, monitors & laptops: $20), metal goods ($25), tires ($2-$8), home office electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, mercury items, clean, dry plastic bags & dried latex paint. Recycling Center stickers & recycling label stickers will also be available.

For more information, contact or call 781-665-0142.

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