Saturday drop off events are held at the DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The items collected at all DPW events (except Swap Day) include: plastic bags, screens (TVs, monitors &  laptops: $20), metal goods ($25), tires ($2-$8), office electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, mercury items, and dried latex paint. Recycling Center stickers and recycling label stickers will also be available.

Note: the Hazardous Waste Day held in Stoneham on June 27 is from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Household Hazardous Waste

As noted above, the City’s annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event will be held at the Recycling Center on Oct. 24, 2020. Melrose residents can also bring hazardous waste items to Stoneham’s HHW collection event on June 27, 2020. Details can be found on the Household Hazardous Waste page of the city website.

In addition to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events on June 27 and Oct. 24, Melrose residents are welcome to attend HHW collection events throughout the year in 7 other nearby communities. Dates of these collections are: TBD at this time but will be posted soon! Access to non-residents is often restricted to certain hours and may require advance registration, so it is advised that residents review this document closely and contact the host community prior to attending an out-of-town event.

Further details on special collections and events in Melrose can be found online here, or contact DPW at 781-665-0142 or