Archive for October, 2018

Household Hazardous Waste Collection on November 10, 2018

On Saturday, November 10th, the City of Melrose is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. The event will be held at the DPW City Yard & Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street. From 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. you can drop off certain toxic household items that are not allowed in the trash. Proof of residency is required.  Fees for Melrose residents will primarily be determined by actual estimated total volume of hazardous waste not volume of containers themselves according to the following fee list:

1-3 gal.   –   $20                            4-10 gal. –  $30                     11-25 gal.   –  $60

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.

The event flier with details on what will and will NOT be accepted (and how to transport everything) can be viewed below. (Please note that Melrose residents should bring dried latex paint (free), tires ($2-8), TVs & computer screens ($20) and propane tanks (free to $2) to the City Yard at 72 Tremont Street during regular hours of operation rather than to this hazardous waste day.)  Call DPW at 781-665-0142 for further details.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection 2018


Annual Fall Clean Up at Wyoming Cemetery

Annual Fall Clean-Up at Cemetery

The annual fall clean-up at the Wyoming Cemetery will begin on November 1st.  Please remove all seasonal flowers/decorations. Any items left on the graves will be considered abandoned and may be removed at the cemetery’s discretion.

Thank you for your consideration.

Melrose Public Works Department

Rigid Plastic and Dehumidifier Recycling Event 10/20

Rigid Plastic and Dehumidifier Recycling Event Saturday October 20th 8am to Noon

Did you know that large rigid plastic items (e.g. broken trash and recycling barrels, lawn chairs, children’s toys, storage bins, laundry baskets, plant pots, watering cans…basically anything plastic that is not a bottle or container that came from you kitchen, bathroom or garage) cannot normally be recycled at the city’s recycling center, or with your curbside recyclables? These items, though plastic and often marked with a recycling symbol, cause problems at the recycling facility when mixed with household bottles and cans, and thus must be hauled away as trash (at much greater cost) when they contaminate the city’s recycling containers.

For this reason, the city hosts an annual Rigid Plastics Recycling Event where residents can bring down large rigid plastic items that normally are not accepted in curbside recycling or at our recycling center. This year’s event will be on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. at 72 Tremont Street.

On this date, residents will also be able to bring down old, residential, functional dehumidifiers to be recycled in exchange for a $30 mail-in rebate courtesy of Mass Save and National Grid. Limit of 2 residential dehumidifiers per household. Further details on the rebate program can be found here:

Rigid plastics include: plastic lawn furniture, children’s toys (all batteries and electronic components must be removed), laundry baskets, storage containers, trash barrels, recycling bins, plant pots, watering cans and more.

The items collected at all Saturday events include: CRT’s ($20) including televisions, monitors, and lap tops, tires ($2-8), metal and white goods ($25) including microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, etc., office electronics, CFL bulbs, mercury items, clothes, books, dried latex paint. The fees help defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only).