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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    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 »

  • Yard Waste

    Fall Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

    Boston Public Works Department will collect residents' leaves and yard waste for 7 weeks on recycling day beginning October 13 and running until November 29th.

    Leaf collection in neighborhoods with 2 recycling days will happen on the first recycling day.

    More Information »

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    Household Waste Look-Up

    Recycle More. Trash Less! Get instructions on how to properly dispose of various household items.

    Household Waste Look-Up »

Online Services



  • Electronics Recycling & Paper Shredding: Fall Date

    The City will collect and recycle electronic waste for free from the Public.

    Residents can also safely shred and recycle unwanted confidential documents at no charge. Limit 10 boxes to shred, no businesses.

    October 25 from 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM at UMass Boston Bayside parking Lot, 200 Mt. Vernon St, Dorchester.

  • Hazardous Waste Disposal: Fall Drop-Off Dates

    Boston residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste for free at upcoming events:   

    October 25 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at UMASS Boston, Parking Lot D, Dorchester 

    November 22 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, Millennium Park

  • Missed Pickup

    If your trash or recycling was not picked up, please call the Mayor's Office (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 617-635-4500 or place an online service request by following the link below.

    Report Missed Trash/Recycling/Yard Waste/Bulk Item Pickup

  • Waste Reduction E-Newsletter

    Receive email updates about curbside recycling, compost bin sales, yard waste collection, hazardous waste drop-offs, and trash regulations.

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Paint Swap & Drop-Off Dates

  • Saturday May 17, 2014 - Roxbury

    9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Roxbury Public Works Yard
    280 Highland Street

  • Saturday June 21, 2014 - Hyde Park

    9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Hyde Park Public Works Yard
    58 Dana Avenue

  • Saturday July 19, 2014 - Brighton

    9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Brighton Public Works Yard
    315 Western Avenue 

  • Saturday August 16, 2014 - East Boston

    9:00AM - 1:00PM
    East Boston Public Works Yard
    320 East Eagle Street

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