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Acceptable/Unacceptable Materials
Clean Harbors will accept for transportation and disposal the majority of
hazardous waste typically produced by households, It is stressed for the safety of
everyone involved that all materials are known and properly labeled. Wastes that
are not in their original containers will be accepted as "known" wastes provided
they are labeled. Unknown wastes, if acceptable, will be field tested and
packaged for incineration. Below is a listing of typical household hazardous
wastes collected:
Aerosol Cans Engine degreaser Oil filters
Ammonia Epoxy resin Oven cleaners
Antifreeze Fiberglass Paint thinner
Arts and crafts supplies Floor cleaners Pesticides
Batteries Furnace Cement Photo chemicals
Bleach Furniture Polish Pool chemicals
Brake fluid Gasoline/Kerosene Radiator cl~aners
Car wax Herbicides Resins
Carburetor cleaner Insect Sprays Rodent killers
Caulking Lighter fluid Roof Cement
Cesspool cleaners Mercury products Rust preventatives
Chemistry sets Metal polish Sealants
Creosote Moth balls Solvents
Drain cleaners Motor oil Spot removers
Driveway Sealant Muriatic acid Transmission fluid
Dry cleaning fluids No-pest strips Weed Killers
Engine and radiator :fl us hes Oil based paint Wood preservatives
Wood Stripper
Clean Harbors reserves the right to refuse any waste deemed unsafe to handle or
unsuitable for the collection. Such wastes include:
• Large quantities of unlmown materials
• Radioactive waste, including smoke detectors
• Explosives, gun powder, :flares, ammunition
• Unstable wastes
• Pressurized fire extinguishers
• Unknown gas cylinders
• · Substances regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency
• No Medical waste
If the above listed unacceptable wastes are unintentionally received, Clean
Harbors will work wi1h the Town to provide safe disposal of the materials.
NO Latex Paint - Latex is non hazardous and can be disposed in regular trash once it is
Completely dried out.

Street work scheduled

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Public Works

Posted on: June 17, 2020

Pavement Maintenance Operations

The Town will be conducting pavement maintenance operations on Hearthstone Drive, Hillcrest Road, Ledgetree Road, Belknap Road, Wildwood Drive, Rollong Lane, Bow Street, Cranmore Road, Fieldstone Drive, Fairview Road, and Eastmount Road beginning Thursday, June 18, 2020. The contractor for this activity will be All States Asphalt, from Sutton, Massachusetts. There may be delays in the schedule if there is inclement weather or mechanical breakdowns.

The maintenance activity will be accomplished during the day. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences this may cause you. Please refrain from parking on these roadways and ensure that any sprinkler system is turned off while work is in progress.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Medfield Department of Public Works at (508) 906-3003 during normal working hours. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we try to improve our roadway network in the Town of Medfield.

Click here for a letter from the Town here

DPW & the Rolling Rally

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Kudos to the DPW

Last Sunday morning I biked the Rolling Rally route to see what the families would later see, and I bumped into Bobby Kennedy. Jr. leading two other DPW workers as they mowed and weed whacked the grass and weeds along the Rolling Rally route, all to make the event better for the MHS class of 2020 and their families.

It is the sort of thoughtful thing our DPW often does without fanfare, or request, around town, but about which the town should know – so we can truly and fully appreciate the value of our DPW.

Only when I ran Medfield Day did I learn that it was our DPW that swoops in en mass at the end of Medfield Day to clean up the mess that we residents left behind, such that by nightfall there is no sign of a street fair having happened.

Transfer Station closed on Easter

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Public Works

Posted on: April 6, 2020

Medfield Transfer Station will be CLOSED SUNDAY April 12, 2020



Thanks to the DPW workers

for adding Sunday openings of the Transfer Station to their work week.  One can only assume that the extra work time must make for a long week and be tiring for them.

An appreciation of our town employees

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An appreciation for a job well done

I have been thinking this morning about the Town of Medfield employees who provide we residents with the services that allow our lives to continue with as much semblance of normalcy as possible at all times, but most especially in these truly unsettling circumstances we are currently experiencing. Our water goes on, public safety continues to serve us, the Transfer Station even added Sunday openings, and all the town government systems continue to function, if behind a digital curtain, all so that we residents can continue our lives.

The town employees are providing essential services, so while they likely share the same unease that envelopes us all, they continue to work their jobs.  I wanted to publicly share with the Town of Medfield employees my sincere appreciation for their efforts  and to thank them.

I am extremely appreciative of what all the town employees are doing now, working under difficult circumstances – I want to let them all know just how much this one resident, one who tries hard to observe closely the functioning of the town government so as to understand it as well as possible, truly appreciates what our team of town employees are accomplishing for we residents.

Hazardous waste day – cancelled

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March 03, 2020

Household Hazardous Waste Day April 4, 2020 9AM – 1PM HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Town of Medfield will be having their Household Hazardous Waste Day on April 4, 2020 9AM – 1PM at the Town Garage HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN…… Read on

Household Hazardous Waste Day 4/4

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Household Hazardous Waste Day April 4, 2020 9AM – 1PM

click below for more information

Household Hazardous Waste Day

HHW Acceptable and Unacceptable Materials

If you are unable to attend, please contact DPW at 508-906-3003 for other towns information





MTS Sticker Required

If you need additional information, please
contact the DPW at 508-906-3003

Please note that LATEX PAINT is NOT
hazardous waste. Dried up cans can be
given to the operators at the Transfer Station

The Works

M E D F I E L D D E P A R T M E N T O F P U B L I C W O R K S ** The DPW presents “THE WORKS”, a quarterly newsletter to inform the residents of Medfield on the happenings of their Public Works Department including updates on projects, current events, and upcoming developments ** Water main breaks are a common occurrence during the year. You see them highlighted on the evening newscasts in mostly larger cities and towns as huge amounts of water buckles pavement and runs down the streets like a river. This also happens in Medfield but hopefully to a lesser degree. Older water main pipes sometimes develop cracks or leak at connections caused by age, frost heaves, ground shifting, other utilities in close proximity and sometimes contractor error. Depending on the time of year, these breaks could be very difficult to handle. Issues arise such as frigid temperatures, high ground water and mechanical breakdowns. Our Water Division staff is very well trained and proficient however there are times that mutual aid assistance from nearby towns are welcomed as in this instance with great help from our friends in Hopkinton, borrowing their vactor trailer to alleviate some of the soaked material around the pipe. They not only let us borrow their much needed equipment, they also got into the excavation trench to help any way they could. The large trench box was borrowed for safety from one of the local contractors along with their compressor to run a large drain pump. After the repair was made to the water main break, our Highway Division sent out a crew to make repairs to the roadway which included backfill, compaction and paving the large, disturbed area of the roadway. One special note is that each division of the DPW pitches in on projects when needed or called upon. Water Division 1 Misc. Events 1,2 Employee Spotlight 2 DPW Fun Facts 2 Inside this issue: The Works M E D F I E L D D P W ’ S Q U A R T E R LY N E W S L E T T E R Volume 1, Issue 6 January 2020 WATER DIVISION: Water Main Breaks MISC. EVENTS: Medfield Green Development The 40B Development on the backside of the Medfield DPW Garage property is moving along quickly. The weather has been cooperating so far this winter season for the construction. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 6 During this year’s Holiday Stroll celebration in early December, the temperatures were hovering around the freezing point. The Highway Division sent out our sanders to salt the areas around the center of town to ensure the safety of our visiting attendees of the event. There was also personnel that walked along the sidewalks and into the park spreading ice melt to eliminate any icy patches which occurred as the crowds grew. Meet Jean Ouelette, Heavy Equipment Operator of the Medfield DPW Transfer Station. Jean was born and raised in Medfield and has been employed by the town for the past 14 years. He has worked at the Transfer Station his entire career taking over the position from his brother Paul. Jean was a veteran of the U.S. Army and has been operating heavy equipment for as long as he can remember. He is a true professional as a facility operator and is highly respected amongst his peers and the residents of the community. His personal interests includes being a classic street rod enthusiast. He has restored and continues to maintain his own classic vehicle. We are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated professional and skilled employee in Jean. Page 2 Employee Spotlight De-Icing around the Holiday Stroll A Tribute to a Fallen DPW Worker DPW SAFETY TIPS DID YOU KNOW?  When using mapping apps or navigation, set the home address in your smartphone, GPS, and other devices to an address near your home, but not to your actual home address.  Long periods of time without proper breaks can lead to a decrease in focus or alertness. This can possibly also cause a loss in productivity; make sure you are taking regular breaks within your work day. For more information or have questions, please contact our main office at (508) 906-3003 or visit our town website @ MISC. EVENTS: Authorities identified a Lawrence Department of Public Works employee fatally shot while performing road work on Wednesday afternoon, January 15th. Officers responded to the shooting and found Marcos A. Ruiz- Rodriguez, 52, of Methuen, suffering from gunshot wounds which eventually took his life. A tribute was organized by the DPW community to recognize the fallen worker. Our Medfield DPW sent one of our vehicles to join the procession on Thursday January 23rd. There were hundreds of DPW vehicles and personnel on-site to pay their respects to the victim’s family.20200205-The Works January 2020_Page_2

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Rubber Chip Seal is a preventative maintenance method used to extend the life of a roadway and is part of the roadway toolbox in the Town of Medfield’s Pavement Management System. Although rather inexpensive in relation to roadway reconstruction, the rubber chip seal method installs an aggregate that begins as a course riding surface that will smooth out within months. The “chips” that are laid down will adhere to the applied emulsion and the excess can be swept completely within minutes after installation. This method of roadway rehab will assist us in funding more construction projects to continue improving our infrastructure and extend the useful life of the roadway M E D F I E L D D E P A R T M E N T O F P U B L I C W O R K S ** The DPW presents “THE WORKS”, a quarterly newsletter to inform the residents of Medfield on the happenings of their Public Works Department including updates on projects, current events, and upcoming developments ** Sidewalk Rehabilitation Highway Projects 1 Water Maintenance 1 Wastewater Maintenance 2 Special Event 2 Employee Spotlight 2 DPW Safety Tips 2 Inside this issue: The Works M E D F I E L D D P W ’ S Q U A R T E R LY N E W S L E T T E R Volume 1, Issue 5 October 2019 Rubber Chip Seal Roadway HIGHWAY PROJECTS: Causeway Street Resurfacing by means of Rubber Chip Seal Highway Division of the DPW conducting Sidewalk Rehabilitation on a section of Main Street WATER MAINTENANCE: Hydrant Flushing Hydrant Flushing was conducted in late Sept. into early Oct. Our crews worked overnight for these two weeks so that vehicle traffic, schools and work schedules were not affected. This is a very important step in our maintenance schedule to provide the Town with clean drinking water and extend the life of our water main infrastructure.. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 5 Page 2 Employee Spotlight Wastewater Treatment Plant—Parkson DynaSand Filtration System DPW SAFETY TIPS The Wastewater Treatment Plant personnel performed a large scale rehabilitation/ maintenance project over the summer months. The Parkson DynaSand Filtration System needed to be repaired with approximately 300 tons of specific quality grade sand replaced (picture to the left shows bags of the specialized treatment sand) With the completion of this needed operation, the Wastewater Treatment facility showed tremendous improvement in their regulatory compliance measures for water quality. The sand replacement required the use of the DPW’s large front end loader (seen at the bottom left of the picture) to lift each bag to be emptied into place. DID YOU KNOW? (Winter Safety Tips)  Keeping your hands in your pockets increases the risk of you falling or completely losing your balance in case you slip while walking on ice or snow.  With your fingers touching each other inside mittens, they generate more body heat than when they’re inside gloves. Meet Bill Donovan, Assistant Chief Operator of the Medfield Wastewater Treatment Facility. Bill is a 33 year veteran of the department who has earned a Grade 7 Mass Wastewater License from his tenure in the field. He is also a military veteran serving in the Navy and being recalled in the early 90’s to Active Duty in Desert Shield/ Storm. Along with working with the Department of Public Works, he has spent 32 years as an oncall Firefighter with the Town and obtained E.M.T. status from 1996-2011. He has been a leader in the wastewater industry for many years and an integral part of the wastewater treatment operation for the town. On September 25, 2019, the DPW hosted the NBM annual mechanic’s workshop for the second straight year. There were 100 mechanics from across the state in attendance. This annual event will most likely be held in our DPW facility again as we are centered geographically in the NBM area. Many vendors conducted presentations of new technology and methods that benefit all of these municipal mechanics. Lunch was also provided by the NBM Association including pulled-pork, corn bread sausage sandwiches and baked beans. For more information or have questions, please contact our main office at (508) 906-3003 or visit our town website @ WASTEWATER MAINTENANCE: Norfolk Bristol Middlesex (NBM) Highway Association Mechanic’s Workshop SPECIAL EVENT:20191119-The Works October 2019_Page_2

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The Town of Medfield celebrated Arbor Day for 2019 by planting trees at The Center in Medfield on Ice House Road. Thank you to COA Director, Roberta Lynch and her staff for their assistance in the celebration. As part of the Town’s “Tree City USA” status, we will be conducting tree planting ceremonies each year on Arbor Day, some plantings will be dedicated to individuals or groups and some just to celebrate the day. All of the tree plantings are to improve the environment and the aesthetics of the area. M E D F I E L D D E P A R T M E N T O F P U B L I C W O R K S ** The DPW presents “THE WORKS”, a quarterly newsletter to inform the residents of Medfield on the happenings of their Public Works Department including updates on projects, current events, and upcoming developments ** Tree Division 1 Misc. Town/DPW Events 1, 2 Employee Spotlight 2 DPW Fun Facts 2 Inside this issue: The Works M E D F I E L D D P W ’ S Q U A R T E R LY N E W S L E T T E R Volume 1, Issue 4 July 2019 Arbor Day Celebration TREE DIVISION: “Electric Time” in Medfield Congratulations to Tom and Brandie Erb and the entire staff of Electric Time in Medfield that have constructed their largest structured clock for a new train station in Thailand. The clock will be disassembled and packed in 3 large crates, shipped to Thailand and then reassembled. The assembly could take 2-3 days. MISC. TOWN/DPW EVENTS: Memorial Day Cleanup Special thanks to the Cemetery staff and the assistance of other DPW division staff members who worked tirelessly to prepare the Vine Lake Cemetery for Memorial Day and the parade through the Town. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 4 During the Spring, the DPW asked for volunteers to help the Town pick up litter within the Town borders. We had many volunteers that came out on that weekend and we were able to collect over 300 bags of litter on roadsides, parking lots, the grounds of public buildings, churches, schools, parks and river fronts etc…. The cleanup effort was in conjunction with “Earth Day” week. We thank all of the volunteers that helped to clean up Medfield and we hope that many others will take the same initiative. Page 2 Employee Spotlight Meet Steve DellaCamera, Groundskeeper II of the DPW Cemetery Division. Steve is part of a dynamic duo that cares for and maintains the Vine Lake Cemetery as well as supporting the Highway Div. in multiple projects throughout the year. He takes great pride in ensuring that all aspects of the cemetery activities are carefully completed, including coordination of funerals. He holds a Class B Commercial Driver’s License as well as a 2A Excavator Hoisting License. He has been with the department since 2015 and had previously owned his own landscape/ construction company for 10 years prior. His experience and considerate personality makes him an asset to the community and an invaluable member of our team. Medfield Clean-up Days DPW Fun Facts DID YOU KNOW?  Medfield is the 43rd town which was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1651.  Medfield is 14.43 square miles in area. For more information or have questions, please contact our main office at (508) 906-3003 or visit our town website @ Medfield DPW Food Drive The Medfield Department of Public Works held a Food Drive during the month of May at the Transfer Station to help support the Medfield Food Cupboard. Touch—A—Truck Also in May, the Medfield DPW went to the Middle School for a Touch -a-Truck event where many kids got a chance to climb on different vehicles and equipment.20190819-The Works July 2019_Page_2