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Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Oct. 28

On Saturday, October 28, 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.    $ 25

11-25 gal.     $ 50

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, or printed as a PDF from the city’s event page. (Please note that Melrose residents should bring dried latex paint (free), tires ($2-8), TVs & computer screens ($20) and propane tanks (free) to the City Yard at 72 Tremont Street during regular hours of operation rather than to this hazardous waste day.)

If you cannot attend this event but have household hazardous waste to dispose of, or if you are not a Melrose resident but plan to attend this event, please consult the complete list of events in surrounding communities which welcome Melrose residents (times and fees may be restricted in each individual town – please contact them directly to ensure smooth drop-off).

Call DPW at 781-665-0142 for further details.

2017 fall HHW Flier


Paper Shredding & Mattress Recycling on Sat. Sept. 16

Our next Recycling Event will be Saturday, Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at 72 Tremont Street. This event will feature paper shredding (one file-box free, each additional box $5 – checks only) and an opportunity for Melrose residents to bring their old mattresses and box springs to be recycled (FREE, limit of 4 mattresses or box springs per household).

The mattresses and box springs collected at the event will be picked up and recycled by the Lowell-based United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), an organization that provides jobs and GED preparation classes for proven-risk youth. UTEC’s mission is to ignite and nurture the ambition of disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.


shredding and mattress recycling flier 2017-1

Additional items that will be accepted for recycling at this event include: TVs, computer monitors & laptops ($20 each); metal goods ($25); tires ($2-$8); home/office electronics (e.g. computer towers, desktop printers, keyboards & mice), CFL bulbs, books, clothes, mercury items, dried latex paint & household plastic bottles & cans, mixed paper & clean cardboard (all FREE).
For a listing of additional events or for more information and questions, please visit our website or call 781-665-0142.

Trash & Recycling 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, September 4th due to the Labor Day Holiday.

Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on a holiday schedule with a one day delay. Monday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up Tuesday, September 5th, Tuesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Wednesday, September 6th, and so on through Saturday, September 9th (when Friday’s route will be collected).

DPW making repairs on failed Melrose St water main near Ashland. Water back on by 7:30 p.m. Sorry for inconvenience.

Melrose Street water main

Water Main Repairs 7/13

DPW making repairs on failed Melrose St water main near Ashland. Water back on by 7:30 p.m. Sorry for inconvenience.

Melrose Street water main

Melrose DPW Reducing Trash through Educational Campaign

Currently just over a quarter of the total waste produced by Melrose households is recycled, and doing so saved Melrose over $160,000 last year, in addition to reaping environmental benefits. Recycling can be tricky, and unfortunately some of the materials put out curbside and brought down to the commingles container (for plastic and glass bottles and metal cans) at the City’s Recycling Center contaminate the recycling stream and result in recyclable material going to the solid waste incinerator instead of the recycling facility.

In order to help make recycling easier and more effective for Melrose residents, DPW is implementing an educational campaign over the next several weeks that will help clarify some of the common questions that residents and wishful recyclers encounter when sorting their household waste (e.g. where do plastic bags belong, can large rigid plastics be recycled curbside, and how much trash can Melrose residents put out each week).

Beginning this Wednesday, July 12th, a team of DPW summer employees will be distributing friendly informational brochures to inform residents when their recycling bins contain non-recyclable items, or if their curbside trash is over the limit, and to remind non-recyclers (who make up less than 24% of Melrose residents) of the availability of free weekly removal of unlimited amounts of single stream recyclables. It is our hope that this outreach will help Melrose continue to improve its waste diversion rate and recycling efforts, since every pound of waste diverted to recycling (or reuse, repair or a backyard compost bin) helps keep our air clean, saves the city and taxpayers money, and gets us one step closer to the numerous city, state and regional waste reduction and zero waste goals that will greatly impact quality of life for future generations.

DPW created these tags (pictured below) using graphics designed by The Recycling Partnership (which are in use in cities throughout the country), with partial funding from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and editing assistance from the Melrose Recycling Committee.

JRM will still be collecting trash and recycling as normal during this educational campaign. If you have any questions (whether or not you receive a door hanger) please call the city’s Recycling Coordinator, Sadie Brown, at 781-665-0142 or email Other helpful community resources include the recycling guide on the City Website, the Melrose Recyclopedia and this resource page on the Melrose Recycles blog.

Water Main Work Wed. 7/5 and Thurs. 7/6

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, the City of Melrose DPW Water Division and its contractor Commonwealth Construction will be shutting down the water main to make repairs and upgrades to gate valves in the water distribution system at the intersection of Albion and Day Street.

Areas whose water will & may be impacted on Wednesday:

  1. Albion from Melrose to Franklin
  2. Day from Albion to Ashland
  3. Ashland from Melrose to Franklin
  4. Ellsworth from Tremont to Ashland

See details in this PDF: 7-5-17 Gate Valve Repairs Albion at Day Street

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, the City of Melrose DPW Water Division will be shutting down the water main to complete repairs and upgrades to gate valves in the water distribution system at the intersection of Cleveland and Sanford Street.

Areas whose water will & may be impacted on Thursday:

  1. Sanford from Cleveland to Whittier
  2. Tappan from Baxter to Maple

See details in this PDF: 7-6-17 Gate Valve Repairs Cleveland at Sanford

We advise all residents to draw a tub of water and/or fill some pots or water bottles for use during the shutdown.

You will experience periods with no water, poor pressure and possibly discoloration of the water, especially when the water is turned back on.

If you have questions or require water for a medical condition, please call Public Works at (781) 665-0142, attention Lynda Garron. Water emergencies after normal work hours please call the police at 781-665-1212.