Waste Reduction

The Waste Reduction Division (formerly Recycling and Sanitation) is responsible for the collection and disposal of residential recyclables, trash, and leaf and yard waste. The Division also holds hazardous waste drop-off days up to four times per year, seasonal paint and motor oil drop-offs, and offers discounted backyard compost bins.

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    Compost Bins

    Compost in your own backyard or even inside your apartment. Compost bins and kitchen scrap buckets are available to Boston residents at subsidized rates.

    Learn More About Composting »

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    Hazardous Waste Disposal and Paper Shredding

    Boston residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste and shred unwanted documents for free at upcoming events. Hours are 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM:
    October 24: West Roxbury  Public Works Yard - 315 Gardner St, West Roxbury

    *Paper shredding is sponsored by the City of Boston Credit Union. Shredding is limited to 10 Copy Paper sized boxes of personal documents per person. Shredding business papers is prohibited.
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    Paint Swap & Drop Off Dates

    May through August, Public Works hosts Saturday swap shops for surplus paint, stains & varnishes. They also host drop-offs for used motor oil at public works yards in four neighborhoods. Open to all Boston Residents (Proof of Residency is Required).

    Dates and Locations »

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    New Trash & Recycling Collection Dates for Select Neighborhoods

    New collection hauling and disposal contracts will become effective July 1, 2014 and will continue until the end of the contract term in fiscal year 2019.

    Affected neighborhoods: Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Downtown, Fenway, Financial District, Leather District, Mission Hill, North End, Roxbury, South End, and West End.

    More Information & Schedules »

    Recycling & Trash Guidelines for Downtown and Roxbury »

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