Melrose Recycling Committee Events

June 23: Composting Workshop & Compost Bin Raffle

This workshop will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to successfully transform your kitchen and/or yard waste into nutrient-rich soil, including:

  1. Identifying a compost system that meets your unique needs (including various outdoor and indoor options)
  2. Learning the basic techniques for managing your compost system
  3. Troubleshooting common compost troubles
  4. Utilizing your compost to maximize its beneficial properties for plants

More Info here:

Jan. 7 Recycling Event:

Bring your Christmas and other recyclable waste to the DPW yard, 8 a.m. to noon. Accepted: Cardboard, Christmas trees (no decorations), Styrofoam (packing blocks and coolers, no coffee cups, colored foodware, packing peanuts), wrapping paper (no foil or tissue paper), TVs and electronics (laptops and screens $20), rechargeable batteries, plastic bags and film wrap, bottles, cans, “commingled” waste, textiles, books, metal goods ($25), tires ($2-$8)

 Odds & Ends Recycling

Where:  City Yard & Recycling Center
                 72 Tremont St   Melrose, MA 02176

An “Odds and Ends” recycling event will be held Saturday, July 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at 72 Tremont Street. This event is supported by Whole Foods Market Melrose.
The accepted items will be:
  • Electronics: CRTs (TVs, monitors & lap tops – $20); phones, computer equipment (FREE)
  • Mercury items: CFL bulbs, old thermometers & thermostats (FREE)
  • Brita filters, Preserve brand items. Full list here. (Sponsored by Whole Foods; FREE)
  • Corks (Sponsored by Whole Foods; FREE)
  • Metal items ($20): microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners and exercise equipment
  • Textiles: clothes, shoes, stuffed animals, linens, towels (FREE)
  • DRIED latex paint (NO oil-based paints)
  • Tires ($2-8)
  • Books, media and CDs (FREE)
  • Propane tanks (FREE)
  • Eye glasses (FREE)
  • Recyclable batteries (FREE; NO alkaline – they can go in the trash)
  • Plastic bags and films – for a full list click here. (Sponsored by Whole Foods; FREE)
                                           WF Market Melrose logo     MRC logo
For more information about this event, call Melrose DPW at 781-665-0142 or email

Recycling at Healthy Melrose Fair –   May 2016.



Healthy Melrose Fair at the Melrose High School Athletic Complex (360 Lynn Fells Parkway) Saturday, May 7 ,2006IMG_9892 IMG_9926The Melrose Recycling Committee provided    ‘insights into healthy, sustainable living’.  The   Recycling booth had a  compost demonstration.

Paper Shredding Event                               April 16, 2016

April 16th 8am-noon at Melrose DPW City Yard

Bring any papers you want disposed of securely to the Melrose DPW yard Saturday morning to have shredded.

Styrofoam Recycling Event      Saturday     March 19, 2016

from 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m at 72 Tremont Street  –  DPW yard.

ReFoamIt will collect the Styrofoam and transport it to their facility in Leominster, MA where it will be placed in a machine and made into blocks to be recycled. Visit to see what types of Styrofoam can and cannot be recycled.

Melrose is holding this event because Styrofoam cannot be placed in curbside recycling and therefore needs to be recycled separately. When burned, Styrofoam creates a toxic ash and when placed in landfills, it never breaks down.

                                       This is a free event and open to Melrose residents only.

Martin L. King Day of Service  Monday January 18, 2105  Clean up was postponed to April due to snow.  Stay tuned.

The Melrose Recycling Committee will participate in this year’s Day of Service by sponsoring the cleanup of trash at various locations around the city, including Ell Pond, the middle and high schools, and Melrose Public Library. People who want to participate in this project should gather at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church at 70 West Emerson Street (across from the library) by about 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 18. Recycling Committee volunteers will provide gloves and bags and lead groups to specific locations to perform the cleanups.    ( see Blog for more details)

Rigid Plastic Day

Saturday,  November 21,2015  from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., you can drop off rigid plastic.

Hazardous Waste Day                                    October 24, 2015

Saturday, October 24th, the City of Melrose held its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the DPW Recycling Center, 72 Tremont Street.

Since the improper disposal of hazardous waste is dangerous for Department of Public Works employees and bad for the environment, we encourage you to take advantage of this important event.


Paint products:

Oil based paint, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid

NOTE: Latex paint will NOT be accepted. Dried-up latex paint can be disposed of Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. -3 p.m., at the Public Works Operations Facility.

Fuels/auto products:

Gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, motor oil, engine degreaser, brake fluid, carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes

Gardening fluids:

Poisons, insecticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, weed killer

Household items:

Rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry set, furniture polish, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner, hobby supplies, artist supplies, mothballs, flea control products


Driveway sealer, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals


To safely transport these items, leave the materials in their original containers. Make sure to tighten caps and lids.

Oil paint, pesticides and household cleaners should be sorted and packed separately. It’s also a good idea to pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and pad with newspaper. Drive directly to the collection site as soon as the car is packed. Never mix chemicals or smoke while handling hazardous material.


Empty containers/trash, commercial or industrial waste, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, infectious and biological wastes, pressurized cylinders, ammunition, fireworks and explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, asbestos, oil filters

Please do not throw these items in the trash. To properly dispose of them, call a private disposal company.

For more information, call the DPW Office at 781-665-0142.                    Click here to read the DPW Blog

Swap Day – September 26, 2015


Successful Swap Day

Melrose Recycling Committee hosted the 3rd annual Swap Day Saturday Sept. 26 8:00 am to 12 pm in the City Hall /Memorial parking lot. The weather cooperated and Swap Day was a successful event. See the  Photo page for snapshots of the day.

Melrose Recycling Committee hosts two get ready for Swap Day presentations at Farmers Market September 3, 2015

Declutter and organize helpful tips and pointers in preparation for Swap Day

If you missed the Farmer’s Market presentation on September 3rd – view the videos presented by Clever Girl Organizing        –     Kids: Get Them Organized! Get Them Organizing!                                      Decluttering and Downsizing Tips

Clever Girl - Kathy gives tips for Swap Day

Kathy of Clever Girl Organizing gives tips for Swap Day

Farmers Market September 2015

Farmers Market September 2015

“Bag Man” at the Farmers Market!

Farmers Market 2015: Sean, our very own

Farmers Market June 2015: Sean, our very own “Bag Man” educates residents about recycling plastic bags & film!

The Second Annual Swap Day on September 27, 2014 was a huge success. It was run by the Melrose Department of Public Works and the Melrose Recycling Committee in partnership with Birth to Five and the Friends of the Library.

Swap Day Volunteers

Swap Day Volunteers

Swap Day is a community reuse event which provides an opportunity to save reusable items from the trash and give them a new life and a new home. Some of the items swapped included: clothes, shoes, books, sports equipment, household items, kitchen supplies and much more.

All items not swapped were donated to Goodwill and other charitable organizations.

Go to our photo gallery to see pictures from the event. If you’d like to volunteer at the 3rd Annual Swap Day let us know!