Archive for April, 2018

Over 100 containers of motor oil, gas and antifreeze were collected at Saturday’s recycling event!

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 16 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 17. 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).

April 21 Paper Shredding & Motor Oil/Gas/Antifreeze Collection

shredding and motor oil gas antifreeze flier 2018-1DPW is hosting its annual “Saturday after Tax Day” paper shredding event on April 21st from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Each household is allowed to bring 1 file box (or equivalent amount of paper) for free, with additional boxes costing $5 each. Checks only (made out to City of Melrose).

This year’s event will also feature motor oil, gas and antifreeze collection. Up to 2 gallons per household will be accepted for free. Excess gallons will cost $2 each (payable by check). *Containers will NOT be returned, so please plan to transport your waste material in something disposable that will not leak.

As with each Saturday event, DPW will also be accepting TV’s, monitors & laptops (all $20), metal goods ($25), tires ($2-8), mercury items, CFL bulbs, clothes, books & dried latex paint (all FREE).

Recycling stickers and educational information will also be available.

For more information call 781-665-0142 or email

Compost Available at DPW Starting April 7th

Need compost? Got yard waste & recyclables? DPW’s  City Yard & Recycling Center (72 Tremont Street) reopens for Saturday hours on April 7th (8am-3pm). Come down Saturday – or anytime thereafter while supplies last – to get your free black gold, fresh from Melrose’s composted leaf piles.
Compost and Sign

Items accepted for free drop-off from Melrose residents include yard waste, cardboard, mixed paper, textiles, books and commingled recyclables (household plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars, and cans). Please NO plastic bags, large rigid plastic items or styrofoam.

You must be a resident of Melrose and have a sticker on your vehicle to use the facility. Stickers are available for free in the Resident Services Office at 72 Tremont Street.

Added Brush and Branch Collection Week of April 9

DPW is providing an added curbside service this spring given the harsh winter and successive Nor’easters of March. During the week of April 9, DPW will collect loose and bundled brush from residents at their curbside. This includes large and small branches, preferably loose, though bundled branches will also be collected. These will be collected on your regular curbside collection day. This service will take place April 9 – 13 only, all other weeks will follow regular yard waste collection schedule and regulations. Bagged yard waste (leaves) will also be collected the week of April 9 with a separate crew (see details here). Leaves and brush can also be brought down to the City Yard during all hours of operation (including Saturdays from 8:00am – 12:00pm beginning this weekend). Please call DPW at 781-665-0142 with any questions.

Spring Street Sweeping Schedule



The City of Melrose Public Works Department will begin the Spring Sweeping Program in our neighborhoods on Wednesday April 18, 2018. 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 & 23

 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 7 & 8

WARD 2, PRECINCT 1 – MAY 9 & 10

WARD 2, PRECINCT 2 – MAY 11 & 14

WARD 4, PRECINCT 2 – MAY 15 & 16

WARD 6, PRECINCT 2 – MAY 17 & 18

WARD 7, PRECINCT 2 -MAY  21 & 22

WARD 7, PRECINCT 1 -MAY 23 & 24

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


Yard Waste Pickup Resumes Next Week!

Curbside yard waste pickup begins next week (the week of April 9th) and will be ongoing every other week (twice a month) through the month of June (then transitoning to once a week July through September). Residents are also welcome to drop off yard waste at DPW’s Recycling Center (72 Tremont Street) during open hours (which include Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. April 7 through Dec. 1).

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 per household. 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 beginning of this 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.

Saturday Hours Resume on April 7th

DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center (a.k.a. the City Yard) at 72 Tremont Street will be open for its first Saturday of the season on April 7th. Saturday hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekly through Dec. 1st.

During our hours of operation, all residents are invited to bring flattened cardboard, mixed paper, and commingled recyclables (plastic containers*, bottles and cans). *No large plastic items, plastic bags or other questionable materials (e.g. tarps or hoses). Please also note that the City Yard does not accept single stream recycling, therefore all items should be sorted and placed in the appropriately marked containers. Businesses can also acquire a permit for these recyclables by emailing

Other items accepted at the City Yard for free from Melrose residents include: yard waste, textiles/clothes, books, CLFs (compact florescent light bulbs), small mercury items, eye glasses and empty propane tanks. Please check in at the Resident Services desk for directions to the proper receptacles for these items. Please do not place trash, plastic bags or Styrofoam in any of these containers.

You must be a resident of Melrose and have a sticker on your vehicle to use the facility. Stickers are available for free in the Resident Services Office at 72 Tremont Street.