Solid Waste & Recycling

FAQ Bulletin

DPW Recycling Center (the City Yard)

72 Tremont Street
(781) 665-0142

The City Yard is open for drop-off of Yard Waste & Recycling -
  • Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 7:30 AM – 2:45 PM, 
  • Saturdays (beginning March 30, 2024): 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Administration Office at the City Yard is open:
  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm.
For the Solid Waste and Recycling Schedule of Fees, click here.

Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Fee

The fee is as follows: 6 dwelling units or fewer – $432.00 per unit annual. (You will receive this fee on your water bill)

Buildings with more than 6 dwelling units do not receive solid waste collection services from the City of Melrose. For further information on the Solid Waste Collection fee, contact the Public Works Operations Facility at 781-665-0142.

Property Sale Clean Outs

Large scale cleaning outs due to ownership change, a sudden death or otherwise are not picked up by the city. Homeowners/realtors should contact a private hauler or arranged for a private dumpster.

What goes in the Recycling Bin? Search the RECYCLOPEDIA:

Helpful Resources for Reuse and Recycling

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Trash and recycling are collected weekly and should be set out at curbside by 7:00 AM on your collection day, but not before 5:00 PM the day before scheduled collection. Collection on holiday weeks will be picked up one day late after the holiday, with Friday’s collection on Saturday. Please note: city employees are forbidden to enter private property to pick up containers, including: driveways, cellars, garages or yards.


During the first two weeks in January, Christmas trees are collected curbside or may be dropped off at the Recycling Center. Remove stand and all plastic bags, tinsel, twine, lights, ornaments, etc. Trees in plastic bags will not be collected or accepted at DPW.

The 2024 Collection Calendar and Recycling Info & Event schedule is available on our Calendars & Schedules page, and has also been mailed out to all households that receive curbside pickup from the city. If you did not receive your calendar in the mail, or need another copy, you may obtain one at DPW's Resident Services Office and the Engineering Division of City Hall.

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Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Derek Lanphere Operations General Foreman 781-665-0142
Nick Heller Sanitation Foreman 781-665-0142
Elena Proakis Ellis Director of Public Works 781-665-0142
Lynda Garron Resident Services Representative 781-665-0142
Zack Laflamme Environmental Outreach Coordinator 781-665-0142
Joe Hobbs Operations Manager 781-665-0142