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.

Public Works is seeking YOUR input! 

Participate in Our Online Survey & Discussion

The Waste Reduction Division of the City of Boston Public Works Department (PWD) will be entering into new 5-year contracts with residential trash and recycling contractors effective July, 2014. The invitation to bid process for interested vendors began in January 2014.

In preparation, PWD is seeking input through a survey* and a series of informational meetings throughout September and October. Please complete the above survey and share your thoughts.

Additional Information

Informational Meeting Presentation

Informational Video

2013 Waste Audit of Multiple Collection Districts (Preliminary Results)

Please contact Frank O'Brien with any questions.

Contact Frank O'Brien

*Hard copies of the survey are available at local branches of the Boston Public Library.

  • Yard Waste

    Spring Yard Waste Collection

    Boston Public Works Department will collect residents' leaves and yard waste on their recycling day from April 28 to May 23.


    - Place leaves and yard debris in large paper leaf bags or open barrels labeled "yard waste" (no plastic bags). Yard Waste stickers for barrels are available by calling 617-635-4500.


    - Tie branches with string: 3’ maximum length. 1" max. diameter. Do not put branches in barrels.


    - Put barrels, bags and branches on the curb.


    7:00 AM on your Recycling Day: April 28 through May 23

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    Hazardous Waste Disposal: Summer Drop-Off Dates

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

    June 14 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at UMASS Boston, Parking Lot D, Dorchester

    June 28 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, Millennium Park
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    Temporary Suspension of Recycling Carts:

    Effective Friday October 11, 2013 at 5PM cart requests will be temporarily suspended during the winter months. Cart request will resume March 3, 2014.

    Recycling Options:

    Convert an unneeded trash barrel or barrel into a recycling container. The container must be no larger than 32-gallons and have a lid; the converted trash barrel needs to be labeled with a recycling sticker, which we can send you (request at link below).

    Clear plastic bags for residents in the North End, South End, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway, Charlestown, South Boston and East Boston; in addition, parts of Roxbury (right side of Blue Hill outbound from Dudley to Seaver) and the parts of Jamaica Plain with multiple collections.

    Residents from the above neighborhoods can use clear, heavy duty, 32-gallon plastic bags for their recyclables. Separating redeemable cans and bottles into a separate container is recommended. Look for the City's official clear recycling bags in your neighborhood retail stores.

    Clear Plastic Bag Purchasing locations »

    Request Recycling Stickers »

    More Information on Curbside Recycling »

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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

Applications

Announcements

  • South End Trash & Recycling Program: Pilot Program Extended with New Hours

    The evaluation of the four-month pilot trash & recycling program for the South end was completed on June 11 at a neighborhood meeting held at the South End Library. Many residents attended the meeting and there was a full discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of the Pilot Program. The two most prominent takeaways were that the program was effective in improving the neighborhood cleanliness, but the 11:00 pm placement hour was too restrictive. New program hours & requirements will go into effect July 1, 2013. Please read the attached flyer for more details.

    South End Trash & Recycling Pilot Program

  • Hazardous Waste Disposal: Summer Drop-Off Dates

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

    June 14 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at UMASS Boston, Parking Lot D, Dorchester

    June 28 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, Millennium Park

  • Waste Reduction E-Newsletter

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

    Subscribe Here

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  • 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

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

Video

  • Single Stream Recycling

    Mayor Menino announces citywide expansion of the program.

    Watch Video

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